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Farming Workshop : A day of learning & sharing with farmers at Mandya

Sat, 19 Jan 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Organic Mandya Farm
Rs 1200
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Dear Friends,

Welcome you to the group "Share - there is always someone who cares". We believe in sharing moments with others through various activities ranging from cultural, travel, fitness, educational and many more. The objective is to learn as a community, be happy and recognize people who are good at different hobbies and walks of life.

This Makar Sankranti we are partnering with Organic Mandya. Their mission is to -
a) Help provide sustainable livelihoods to farmers
b) Offer 100% honest organic produce to people
c) Make Mandya a chemical-free district by 2020

This resulted in 12000+ farmers under Mandya Organic Farmers Co-op Society, Organic Farmers Clubs and Women's Kitchen Garden Clubs in over 300 villages across Mandya District.

---- About the Workshop ---
Come join us in our initiative to promote Social Good. Our farmers would love to host you and give you a glimpse of their age-old tradition and culture. Your visit will help our farmers move one step closer to a better livelihood.

9:00 AM - Reach the farm at Mandya and get acquainted with the place.

9:30 AM - Breakfast straight from the rural kitchen. Relish the delicious food like Idli Sambar, or Millets Bisi Bele Bath in the midst of nature with beverages.

10:00 AM - Introduction to Organic Farming

10:30 AM - Get engaged in farming related activities like plowing with bullocks, sowing, planting & harvesting. You will be energized by the refreshing buttermilk freshly made in the farm served to you.

1:00 PM - Lunch (Firewood cooked local delicacy)

2:00 PM - Folk event performed by the kids and the locals (Puja Kunitha or Donne Varse)

Puja Kunitha is a traditional folk dance form of Karnataka where they emphasise more on the visual presentation than the oral narration. It is prevalent in Bangalore and Mandya districts.

Donne Varse which also means dance with bamboo is a traditional martial art form of Karnataka.

2:30 PM - Farming Activities (Learn how to make Jeevamrutha).

Many of you might be wondering, how does an organic farmer grow his plants without any fertilizers? Where is the plant getting the required nutrients? How can the plant grow well? Organic Farming uses a traditional organic fertilizer called Jeevamrutham.

Jeevamrutha, popularized by Shri Subhash Palekar, is considered to be a panacea for the prosperity of small farmers. It is important to provide a congenial environment to microorganisms that help in making available the essential nutrients for plant growth viz., nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, to the plants. Jeevamrutha provides such an environment to beneficial microbes. Application of Jeevamrutha to soil improves the soil considerably. It also encourages microbial activity in the soil.

3:00 PM - Tug of War

4:00 PM - Bullock Cart Ride

5:00 PM - Ending the day with local snacks like Rave Unde, Kadabu, Chakli etc and lots of knowledge and smiles. You can also carry with you local fresh organic produce.

Note: Please carry a set of spare clothes which you might need after the farming activities.

--- Workshop / Farm location ---

Organic Mandya Farm
Thoppanahalli to Mengahalli Road,, K. Honnalagere Post, Kasaba Hobli,, Maddur Taluk, Karnataka 571433

--- Travel Arrangement ---
Some of us will be driving to Mandya by car, if you want to join us you are most welcome. Just let us know in advance so that we can decide on the pick-up locations. Others can come there directly.

We look forward to host you :)

Thank you
Suvro Banerjee (Founder of "Share")

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Organic Mandya Farm Thoppanahalli to Mengahalli Road, K. Honnalagere Post,Kasaba Hobli, Maddur Taluk, Karnataka 571433
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