Food growing in Urban spaces: Hands-on organic gardening workshop
What is it?
When it comes to eating healthy, the top most question in everyone’s mind is where do you get the best organic produce in the city? To which the Magic Bean’s reply is, “why don’t you grow your own”!!
To most people, growing their own food on balconies, terraces, in pots or in the ground seems difficult, inconceivable. The usual concerns about composting are always the same “Doesn’t it smell” “How do you do it in an apartment”?
Do you want to be equipped with the knowledge to grow your own herbs and vegetables? Do you want to convert an open space into an environmentally sustainable, edible garden? Do you think gaining experience by doing it on your own will help?
Then this is the right gardening workshop for you. Learn to create your own sustainable edible garden in this 2.5 hour workshop with the organic gardeners of the Magic Bean.
The workshop focuses on growing food in small urban spaces and is aimed to demystify and simplify the food growing and composting processes. The objective is to give people the tools and skills to compost and grow their own vegetables confidently. The way the workshop is structured, it leaves participants with the confidence to experiment and not give up because they failed once and to try again until it works.
Within the 2.5 hour workshop, there will be a series of four mini-workshops in which participants will be shown the HOW and WHY along with the WHAT – i.e. the science and the theory along with the practical how-to-do-it steps will be taught.
You will learn how to:
Make an ideal potting soil
Urban permaculture - make your own soil
Terrace & balcony growing of herbs & vegetables
Planting techniques and how to tend to your vegetables/herbs
Simple pest management
Why we love this?
The Magic Bean brings the magic of growing one’s own food SUSTAINBLY into people’s lives. The founders, Archana Meiyappan, Kavitha Ramakrishnan and Priya Gopalen, avid organic gardeners, came together bound by a vision to build a movement of people growing their own food using sustainable methods in urban spaces. They work with different groups and institutions, facilitating the process of converting open spaces into environmentally sustainable, edible gardens.
They’ve done several workshops with groups of experienced and beginner gardeners to glowing feedback. Their articles on gardening, permaculture and pest control appear in The Hindu’s Habitat Section in the Property Plus.
When it's offered?
Saturday – March 17th, 2018 | 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
You will be joining an existing group that will have 15-25 people.
Where it's located
Nehru Nagar, Adyar, Chennai
What to wear
Wear something comfortable.
What to bring
Your own water bottle if you prefer and wear comfortable shoes.