Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Urban Leaves Summer Camps for Children

Via Urban Leaves (via Indu Harikumar)
In our urban lifestyles, our children have lost touch with their earth, their soil and their food.For them, the milkman gives them milk and all vegetables can be bought at the supermarkets all the year round.

Our lives are getting caught up in this automated world. We struggle to control our environment to suit our mechanical lifestyle. In our struggle to control our environment, under the pretext of food security, we land up eating food that comes half way across the world and is labelled as 'healthy', 'nutritious' and 'fat free'.

Does it not make sense to go closer to nature by making it part of our urban lifestyle?
It is our endeavour at Urban Leaves to learn, share and grow the free gifts and joys of nature, to create an ocean of greenery in the city sheerly by tuning ourselves to the harmony of nature. Such involvement can liberate our minds from the clutter of day to day 'jobs' that we need to do in this urban world just for our survival.

The simple act of harvesting our own food, teaches us that true joy lies in simple pleasures that are spontaneous, natural and humane. Children are most sensitive to such joys, and they deserve to be exposed to nature to learn the magic of creation by the hands on experience of building their own sustainable farms.

For the first time, Urban Leaves announces their Summer Camp for children. Help us to share

Activities :

1. Compost kitchen waste
2. Make nutrient rich soil called Amrut Mitti
3. Plant a veggie, and a butterfly garden
4. Nature trail - Know your trees, birds, butterflies, insects, etc
5. Create wetlands / fish tank
6. Make self watering cans
7. Plant a herb and learn about medicinal plants / home remedies
8. Mosquito control without using chemicals
9. Nature poetry / stories
10. Fun with bird names - anagrams
11. Build trellises, drip irrigation
12. Re-cycle kitchen /wash basin water
13. Know your seeds / masala ingredients

Venue :

Maharshtra Nature Park,
Opp Dharavi Bus Depot,
Dharavi,
Mumbai.

Timing : 8 am to 10 am

Duration :
1st Batch : 1st May to 7th May
2nd Batch : 8th May to 14th May

Fees : Rs 1200/- per head
You can register for the summer camps here.

If this topic is something that is of interest to you, then read the post about Pushpi Bagchi's book 'A Garrulous Gastronaut’s Guide' and this wonderful interview with Katie Smith Milway ,author of 'The Good Garden'.

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