Red Rice Mela

Red Rice Keeps You Away From Obesity, Diabetes and Cancer

Date: Saturday to Monday, 12 -14th Oct 2012, 11 am- 8 pm
Place: Exhibition Grounds, Nampally, Hyderabad
Organisers: Deccan Organics’ in collaboration with Save Our Rice Campaign, Sahaja Aharam and Sahaja Samrudha

‘RED RICE MELA’ is celebration of rice diversity that is grown with care for your health and environment by our Farmers, who preserve diversity by conserving different varieties of rice. The astounding varieties of Red Rice, from different regions of the south India would be exhibited.

Hope to see you all at Exhibition grounds, Nampally, Hydrabad!

For more details contact:
Sitaram Komaragiri I Deccan Organics I   9701360555
G.Krishna Prasad I Save Our Rice Campaign I 09880862058
Leela Prasad I Sahaja Aharam I (40)-65268303

Organic Kitchen Gardening Workshop

Grow vegetables, fruits and herbs free from pesticides and toxins at your home

Venue: Taluja’s, H. No 44, Sector 21, Panchkula; Sunday, 7th October 2012  at Sharp 3.00 PM to 7 PM
Organised: Kheti Virasat Mission, Chandigarh
In continuation its venture to make Food and Agriculture toxin-free, Safe and Natural KVM organizes IInd Workshop in Chandigarh area.
Pesticides and Agro-Chemicals are present in our food chain and thus causing several serious health problems and even challenging health security of our future generations. It is time to start a people’s movement to assert the Right for Safe Food.
Let us begin from our own home and learn how to grow the Safe food for our family at Home. This shall be Masters Workshop for those who can volunteer in propagating Organic Farming and want to serve safe food free from toxins to their families.
All participants will be getting organic seeds and Manual. Contribution Fee: Rs 200 /- onwards Limited Seats only. Do confirm at the earliest.
Please confirm to Chandar Mohan and Dr Vibha Taluja – 9216194331, [email protected] ;

For details contact Atul Grover – 9814040900; Gaurav Sahai – 9569660607; Varun Giri – 9876814527

“From Soil to Seed to Plate” 

A two day hands-on organic farming workshop

Date: 13th & 14th October 2012
Time: 9.00 am – 5.30 pm
Fees: Rs.3000/- per person
(Refreshments and organic lunch included)
Register now: Limited seats available
Venue: Ishana,Gopathi farms, Bangalore
Contact – Pavithra- +91 8277116606
Email – [email protected]
Route map link:

People’s Bio-diversity Festival –

‘Unity for Diversity’

Date: October 13 to 16, 2012
Venue: Exhibition Grounds, Nampalli, Hyderabad
Participation: Registration for events and exhibition space will be on a first come – first served basis. So book early for your space and event!
Outreach Target: Citizens, farmers, youth, media, opinion and policy makers, international delegates to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and people at large. (At least 1,000 visitors are expected each day)
 Call for: Early confirmation of participation, stating the subject and nature of your proposed presentation/ event/ exhibition and a brief note about your group and its activity
(In view of the Navratri-Dussera festival beginning from the 16th Oct, you would also need to book your travel and return journey well in advance!)
Stall Booking: About 60 exhibition stalls (approximately 10 ft x 10 ft) are available, each with 2 tables, 3 chairs, lights and fan. These will be available for setting up one day before the Festival begins, ie from the 12th October. No cost will be charged for booking a stall, but any voluntary contributions from those who can pay are welcome, and much needed.
 Travel, Accommodation, Food, Local Transportation:
We are trying to arrange simple, inexpensive accommodation not too far from the Festival venue. However, we request you to bear your own travel and food costs, and to bring all your exhibition materials, seeds, posters, etc. with you. To avoid the difficulties of daily local transportation to and from the Festival venue (and also to reduce accommodation expenses), participants are encouraged to camp at their own stall or adjoining open space at the Exhibition Ground, sharing the common toilet facilities available. For those requiring better hotel accommodation, a local hosting support team will try to assist you if you inform your needs & budget well in advance.

Contacts for enrollment/information:

Jacob Nellithanan [email protected] Mob: 09425560950
Bharat Mansata [email protected] Mob: 09967371183
Ram Prasad [email protected] Mob: 09849422642
Shashank Rajwadi [email protected] Mob: 07842439062

New urban gardening initiative – reStore gardens

Date: 26th of August (Sunday) World Kitchen Garden Day.
Venue: 1, Elliots Beach Road, Besant Nagar. 9 am to 4 pm
Organiser: ‘reStore gardens’

The detailed programme for the day is given on the website. Please register using the form given here. If you would like to volunteer for the event, please sign up here. There is a suggested donation of Rs. 200 to help us cover the organising costs. It can be made at the registration desk on the day of the event.

Because of the restrictions enforced at the venue, we will be unable to serve lunch to the participants.

If you’ve never gardened before, come with a 2-5 litre container and ready to get your hand dirty! Plant your own edible sapling and take it home with you! Your container could be a polythene cover, a paint bucket from a local shop (cleaned of all the paint sticking inside it), a pot, or any old container in your house that is either polythene plastic, terracota, or cloth.

Safe and Organic Food Festival

Date: 18 and 19 August 2012
Place and Venue: Punjab Kala Bhawan, Rose Garden, Chandigarh
Organisers: Kheti Virasat Mission
Collaboration: Punjab Sangeet Nattak Academy & Aawaaz
Supported by:
Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture [ASHA] & Organic Farming Association of India [OFAI]
Umendra Dutt, Executive Director
Kheti Virasat Mission
Jaitu-151202, District-Faridkot, Punjab
Phones: Resi – 01635-503415 Mobile – 09872682161
Email:[email protected]

Masters Training Course on Sustainable Agriculture

Date: 21st to 25th Aug
Place: Secunderabad
Course Director: Dr. G V Ramanjaneyulu
Organisers: Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Secunderabad
Details: Course  Nomination form

Organic Farmer Cooperative Mela

Date: 25-26 August, 2012
Venue: Nerella Venumadhav Kala Pranganam, Public Gardens, Warangal, Andhra Pradesh
Organiser: Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA)
Registration contact: Dr. G. Rajashekar Reddy, 8885596805, [email protected]

Organic Farmers Cooperative Mela (OFCM) is planned to bring together farmers, farmers’cooperatives, NGOs, Govt. Institutions and Policy Makers to learn from each other on the organic farming, farmers’cooperatives and marketing.

The organic food buyers will also be invited to the mela to discuss and explore business oppurtunities with the farmers’ cooperatives.

From Soil to Seed to Plate –

A two day hands-on organic farming workshop

Date: 8th & 9th September 2012
Time: 9.00 am – 5.30 pm
Fees: Rs.3000/- per person (Refreshments and organic lunch included)
Register now: Limited seats available
Venue: Ishana, Gopathi farms, Bangalore
Contact: Pavithra- +91 8277116606
Email[email protected]

2nd Indian workshop on Rice – Celebrating Rice culture, diversity and wisdom

Venue: Bhubaneswar
Dates: 7th and 8th September 2012

Workshop will focuses on: 
–       Bringing in the experiences and research from the various States on rice eco-systems, seed diversity and farming practice with specific focus on the seed conservation and land issues.
–       Addressing the on-going Eastern India Green revolution programme of the Governments, vis-a-vis its impacts on sustainability, seed and farm sovereignty, farmer welfare, culture, agrarian relationships, skills and other related issues
–       Bringing out a policy direction and message from this workshop for future actions in this area, including advocacy.

S Usha, Save our Rice Campaign, Ph : 09447022775, email : [email protected]
Debjeet Sarangi, Living Farms, Bhubaneswar Ph :09938582616
R Ponnambalam, CREATE, Tamilnadu
Krishnaprasad, Sahaja Samrudha, Karnataka
Alauddin Ahmed, SoR-West Bengal


Green Solutions – Film Festival
Date: 7th to 11th September 2012
Venue: C.C. Mehta Hall, M.S. University, Vadodara
Email: [email protected]
For more detail see: Hariyali Film Festival leaflet

Safe Food Mela

Welcome you all for good health!
Date: 14th and 15th August 2012 – 10 am till 7 pm on both days
Venue: Hotel Mathura Paradise, Opp. Gandhi Park, Shimoga

This mela will showcase various safe food options — tasty organic foods and snacks to buy and eat, traditional rices and millet foods, Baby food, Natural and Herbal products.   In addition, the mela will have a poster exhibition, petition drive and film screenings, information on the ill effects of pesticides in our food, the implications of Genetically Modified foods etc.

Enjoy the goodness of Safe Foods and be a part of the movement.

For more details contact: 9845087558/ 9731275656

Organic Farming School-week long training of organic farmers

Date: 27th July – 4th August 2012
Venue: Bharat Uday Karmayogi Ashrem, KHEDI Basayak village in Hamirpur district of U.P.
Contact: Shobhana Shrivastava /Dr.Bharatendu Prakash Ph: 09425814405/09452508251
Organisers: Madhya Pradesh State Secretariat of Organic Farming Association of India
27th July 2012: Arrival of resource persons (to be received at Jhansi or Mahoba stations) and trainee farmers from different locations / villages,

28th July 2012: Program to introduce & train farmers of Khedi Basayak and surrounding villages to take up organic farming.

29th and 30th July 2012: Program continues at the same venue,

31st July 2012: Program at Khedi Basayak to conclude and resource persons to move for Chhatarpur by road,

1st August 2012: OFS to start at Gandhi Bhawan farm Chhatarpur for some practising farmers as well as new persons interested in taking up organic farming.

2nd and 3rd. August 2012: Program to continue at GB, Chhatarpur

4th August 2012: OFS to conclude at Chhatarpur and departure of farmers as well as the resource-persons (to be seen off at Jhansi or Mahoba Stations).

North East India’s Organic Farming Potential to be showcased at Delhi

The potential for organic farming in North East Region will be brought to the capital through an exhibition cum buyer-seller meet and a round table.

Date: 27th July 2012 to 31st July
Venue: Delhi Haat, Pitampura
Round Table: 10-30 AM, 27 July
Buyer Seller Meet:  12-45 – 13-45 PM, July
Exhibition: 27th to 31St July
Details: Programme Brochure Base Paper

Exploring a Sustainable Future: a workshop at Auroville

Date: 16-22 September, 2012

Time: 8.45 am to 9.00 pm
Venue: Centre Guest House, Centre Field, Auroville, Tamil Nadu
Fee: Rs. 10,000 /-
Contact: At Auroville Ph: (0413) 2622 155; (0413) 2622 708 Email: [email protected]
At Bangalore: Mr. Prof.R.Rajagopalan Ph: 094488 49591 Email: [email protected] ,
Organisers: Auroville
Details: ‘Exploring a Sustainable Future’ introduces some of the Auroville technologies and explores an integral approach to sustainable practices. A number of such workshops have been organized in Auroville over the past 25 years.
The workshop includes theoretical sessions, practical demonstrations and site visits. Topics such as the environmental crisis, concepts of sustainability, water harvesting, wastewater treatment, solar energy, earth construction, food, community-building and wellness will be covered.


Date: 8th to 15th Sept, 2012
Venue: Auroville, Pondicherry, India
Contact: Nandini Cell:91-9871620526 Email: [email protected]
Organizers: Nithya Shanti Foundation
Details: “Nourish” is an opportunity to pause, listen and reconnect with our true nature. The intention is to connect back to our natural state of health, happiness and wisdom.
The retreat shall be guided by Nithya Shanti, in his joyous simple and practical style of teaching. There will be meditations, exercises, nature walks, along with interactive learning sessions, for living with awareness, compassion and joyful purpose.
Contributing to this retreat will be Dr. Nandita Shah ( whose goal is to empower people to become their own best doctor and Ms. Nandini Gulati who inspires people to re-connect with their body’s inner wisdom. There will be practical and enjoyable teachings on incorporating healthy living into our day-to-day life. In addition, we will be learning to cook wholesome and tasty meals.
Specifically, the practical learnings will be:

  • Powerful ways for letting go of mental, emotional and spiritual blocks
  • A roadmap for making real lifestyle changes that last
  • Learning how to shift from guilt and worry to gratitude and purpose
  • Deep Listening: To others as well as our own wisdom
  • Happiness Habits: Small daily changes that have big impacts
  • Communicating and connecting with your body’s wisdom to guide you to wellness
  • The incredible benefits of a plant-based diet and an invitation to try it for one week
  • Learning to cook healthy and delicious meals

For further details:


Date: 13&14th August, 2012
Place: Sedam, Gulbarga, Karnataka
Venue: To be finalised shortly
Contact: ICRA (Karnataka OFAI- Secretariat) Ph:080-2528 3370\2521 3104
Chief Guest: Mr. Shri Subhash Sharma
Organisers: ICRA (Karnataka OFAI- Secretariat)

Details: Subhash Sharma from Yavatmal is a rare farmer, one of its kinds in India.
He grows all the crops including pulses, millets, oil seeds, vegetables and cotton. Sharmaji does not use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. He does not even make compost / Vermi-compost or apply other external inputs (though he is not against it). He also does not use any pest repellant – organic or otherwise.
In fact except the occasional application of Amart Pani sharmaji does not apply anything on his farm.

Sharmaji has declared independence from input Market and is free from any pressures to buy fertilizer or pesticide from the market. In almost all crops he uses his own seed. Sharmaji is master of his farm. His is a new republic, what Gandhi originally spoke about.

How he manages all these?
By understanding the soil and its surrounding, Sharma evolves a cropping system following the crop seasons. He has developed a unique crops rotation system which largely takes care of the need for Nutrient and manages the Pest and Diseases.

His system provides him with the best yield. Sharmaji is very contentwith what he has achieved. People working with him are also healthy. The bees and butterflies are also happy – thanks to Sharmaji.

Sharmaji is showing the path. Can’t we adopt it on our farms and be free from poison, companies and be master of our own farm? Do we want to allow others to exploit us? Do we want to destroy mother earth?

Definitely we do not want. But we want decent yields and income. We want to have better returns from the field.

Here is the way out. Sharmaji’s Agriculture opens our eyes to a new form of practices which is friendly to soils and liberates us from tyranny of markets.
Sharmaji’s approach will be extremely relevant to farmers in Gulbarga and adjourning districts. Gulbarga at some point had the dubious distinction of highest pesticide consuming district in Karnataka.

Come, attend two days workshop with Subhash Sharma.

Change our Agriculture and be a change agent.

Shri Somanatah Reddy Purma, an outstanding organic farmer and formerly convenor OFAI-K and Shri Mahendara Shah, OFAI member have happily volunteered to organize the programme in Sedam, Gulbarga District.