Tuesday, 23 February 2010


Indian poster from Sunita Oh how wonderful it would be to be able to go to this. If there are any readers who are nearby, please go, and take some photos to show us. Sunita is a board member of Kitchen Gardeners International. Click on the poster to read.

Dear friends,

The Malnad Mela is back in Bangalore for the third year running!
Come and join us in this celebration of produce and local art from the Western Ghats. Explore the importance of seed biodiversity and supporting conservation oriented livelihoods that seek to preserve and enhance age-old practices. Take home traditional seed varieties and enjoy fresh vegetables from your very own home garden.

Date:     February 27-28,  2010  (Saturday & Sunday)
Time:    10 am to 6 pm
Venue:  4, Ashley Road, Off Brunton Rd (behind Hotel Ajantha on M.G. Rd),  
             Bangalore: 560025


Some of the produce and products from the forest home gardens this year include

  • indigenous seeds
  • wild forest foods
  • traditional snacks and preserves
  • spices
  • honey
  • dairy and poultry products
  • kokam butter balm
  • mud paintings
  • vegetable hair dyes
  • hand-sewn patchwork pieces
  • yoga mats
  • soap-nut scrub
  • natural incense
  • areca leaf plates
  • seed jewellery
  • herbal oils
  • seed murals
  • natural insect repellents ……and more.

We will also have products from the Concerned for Working Children (CWC), Kundapur and Himjoli, Himalayas.
This last year has been ecologically eventful with wayward weather (blame it all on climate change we are told!), failing crops, rising food prices, insane development plans, and the threat of having Bt Brinjal seeds on the market (fortunately thwarted for the moment thanks to people’s pressure). The hope is that our modest effort will help with seeking saner alternatives and pro-active responses to the current dismal state of affairs.
Thank you all for your encouragement and support. Please do pass this mail on to others you know or e-groups. Print out the attached poster if you can, to put up in your neighbourhood store, office, school, college or other place.
We look forward to seeing you again over the last weekend of February!
Sunita Rao
94802 99200
Founder Trustee - Vanastree

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