Thursday, October 29, 2009

[Volunteer] Come, interact with an American family who grow all their food in 1/10 of an acre - on 5th Nov, MNP Dharavi, 4-7 PM

Hi all,

Urban Leaves is organizing an interaction session with the Dervaes family from the US on 5th November, Thursday at Maharashtra Nature Park (MNP), Dharavi from 4PM - 7PM.

The program will consist of the screening of the Dervaes family's short, award-winning film "Homegrown Revolution". It was one of five films from the U.S. accepted in the CMS Vatavaran Environment & Wildlife Film Festival in New Delhi, October 27-31, 2009! This will be followed by a brief presentation about their work and interaction with participants. The Dervaes family is eager to share experiences and interact with other urban farmers or would be farmers.

A minimum donation of Rs.100/- per head (to cover costs) is payable at the venue. 

Snacks will be served. All are requested to carry their own drinking water to avoid plastic and buying water. If it is convenient please bring a small plate and cup for snacks and tea !

To facilitate arrangements please register your name with 

Devi Lakshmikutty at  - contact number: 9967712384    OR

Geeta Jhamb at  -contact number:  9833699811

Don't miss this opportunity to interact with Jules, Justin, Anais, and Jordanne Dervaes. They began this journey to a self sufficient, ecologically sustainable, low impact life, in the mid-1980s, by creating an urban homestead in the city, where they grow their food around the year organically using alternative energy sources and doing water conservation among many other things! 

"Urban Leaves" is a volunteer group working under the aegis of Vidya Varidhi Trust - a non profit organisation.  The objective of Urban Leaves is to spread awareness, impart knowledge and skills to create organic urban farms and move towards ecologically sustainable living!

Note: If you have any local or indigenous varieties of seeds to share or exchange please do bring them along.

Directions to Maharashtra Nature Park: MNP is located opposite the Dharavi bus depot. The nearest station on the central line is Sion from where you can reach MNP by auto. On the western line get down at Bandra or Mahim Station .Cross to the east side and catch an auto or taxi and ask for Dharavi bus depot. Do not get down at the gate opposite to the bus depot use the one that is away from the bus depot. For more detailed directions please call!

More information on the family, their work and the film:
Sustainable Living Resource Center & Urban Homestead
Jules Dervaes (founder/director)
631 Cypress Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103

Phone: 626.795.8400

 In our society, growing food yourself has become the most radical of acts. It is truly the only effective protest, one that can--and will--overturn the corporate powers that be. By the process of directly working in harmony with nature, we do the one thing most essential to change the world--we change ourselves.  ~
~ Jules Dervaes


Warm Regards
Urban Leaves



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