Coconut Shell Workshop

posted Jul 26, 2017, 1:44 AM by Prakriti Food   [ updated Jul 26, 2017, 1:45 AM ]

Coconut shell works

Mr. Arun Rao, Mysore has a passion of creating faces from Coconut shells. During one of his visit to Nesara, the idea of conducting a workshop on introducing today's youngsters to this interesting hobby emerged. 

Do join us on Saturday 29th July 2017 4 to 6 PM @ Nesara Farmers Market to get a primer on this topic.

Mystery of Underground Water - a talk by Dr. Mahesha, Geologist

posted Mar 20, 2017, 8:29 AM by Prakriti Food   [ updated Mar 20, 2017, 8:35 AM ]

In recognition of the world water day on 22 March 2017, a technical talk was organized at Nesara premises on the geological aspects of Water


Water has always remained life's elixir and as we face drought for yet another year, we dig deeper into earth searching for water. Lakhs of bore-well are dug with no perception of the effect this rigging of the earth has on our surface water. Mahesha.V, retired Deputy Director of Ground Water Wing, Dept of Mines & Geology, spoke on the effect of bore-wells and the inter-relatedness of water sources. 

Life has evolved and flourished and continues to exist on the Earth only because of water. This fact has been recognised in Vedas itself in Mantrapushpa. The water cycle consisting of water vapour, clouds and rains, ice and glaciers, surface run-off, seeped water underground and all these going back into the sea is one of the most fascinating phenomenon of Mother Earth. With the advent of the human beings on earth, the exploration and exploitation of surface and ground water was started by way of digging pits in sand beds, followed by digging wells on slopes and most importantly through bore-wells in the last century and by construction of micro and macro storage structures (ponds, tanks, dams etc) across the streams and rivers. In the process, the natural water flow system has been impaired beyond compare! 
Karnataka State consists of only hard rocks of ancient origin in which ground water occurs mostly in fracture and joint systems and forms just about one percent. Earlier to the advent of bore-wells in the year 1965-70, groundwater was extracted only through shallow dug wells for all potable and non-potable uses. Their number was just about one lakh. Most of them had either limited water or dried up during summer depending on the rainfall pattern in the respective years and change in the water table conditions in its natural state. All this has changed after the proving of bore-wells as a source of continuous water extraction during the years 1966-75. The absence of restriction by law resulted in a free for all. Bore-wells were constructed by fast rigs in lakhs during the last 45 years competitively reaching deep and deeper depths. 

This resulted in a devastating effect on the water cycle, because the bore-wells pierced through the natural flow system in which the groundwater existed in our rocks since millions of years. The bore-wells became vertical conduits for the free flow of water from shallow zones to deeper zones of not only ground water but even rainwater and other surface waters. The ground water held under natural pressure came out as springs in earlier stages when bore-wells were drilled from the bottom of old dug wells. But as the density of bore-wells increased in individual areas, it had a tell-tale effect on water table conditions and gradually the age old shallow dug wells dried up followed by deeper dug wells, shallow bore-wells and deep and deeper bore-wells too. It has a cascading effect on surface water bodies too, starting from small ponds and M.I tanks in high bore-well density area, where the natural streams started going dry with limited or nil inflow into man made water holding structures. The effluent character of many streams that existed since millions of years changed to influent and it started extending from minor streams to major rivers (Vedvati River in Chitradurga is a classic example). Thousands of natural water springs dried up. The free flow of groundwater induced by bore-wells coupled with industrial wastes, human waste, artificial manures, disinfectants, pesticides and faster solution activity in the rocks has wrought havoc on the quality of both surface and groundwater. The natural water cycle in existence since thousands (millions?) of years has been disrupted in the last few centuries and especially during the last century. Unless a concerted effort is made by all the human beings without boundaries, the future may prove to be very bleak for all types of water users.

Dr. Mahesha was also critical about the underground sewerage system as it pollutes the underground water badly and he questioned the current Government's push for one toiler for one house, which may not be appropriate for Indian context.



National Consumer Day 24 Dec 2016

posted Dec 26, 2016, 8:50 PM by Balachandran Chidambaranatraj   [ updated Dec 26, 2016, 8:51 PM ]

National Consumer's Day was celebrated on 24th Dec 2016 at Indian Institute of Engineers campus in JLB road. The function was inaugurated by MLA Sri. Vasu. Sri Rameshwarappa, Deputy Director for Food & Civil Supplies Department had been actively promoting healthy and organic food in the public events in the recent times. In the Ahara mela 2016 also, a stall was provided to promote organic food highlighting the importance of transparency in the food chain - from farm to plate



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Home garden workshop in Saraswathipuram

posted Dec 19, 2016, 5:42 PM by Prakriti Food   [ updated Dec 19, 2016, 5:43 PM ]

Resource person: Sri Sathish, CropScience, Nanjangud
Venue: 13, 7th Main, 3rd Cross, Saraswathipuram, Mysuru - 570009
Date: 18 Dec 2016, 11 AM to 1 PM

The workshop was meant to encourage citizens to  grow their own food and not looking at space as a constrain. People were encouraged to grow their own food ( as far as possible)  in their exiting space around their house, in their balcony, kitchen counter, window sill, or terrace. 

Sri Sathish explained the basics of soil management, manure production and pesticide handling. One of the interesting question that propped up was - whether better aroma and better taste in vegetables would mean better nutrition? There wasn't any clear conclusion for the question. While we leave that question for scientists to explore, lets grow our own food and relish it as a common man!


Know your Farmer - Mangala Bhat

posted Sep 7, 2015, 7:24 PM by Prakriti Food   [ updated Sep 7, 2015, 7:25 PM ]

There was lot of skepticism on Saturday , 5 September as we started the day as it was both Krishna janmasthami as well as bandh called by Rajya Raitha Sangha and allied groups , but we forged ahead saying let us see how it goes and to be true it went on fantastic. 

The meeting started out with Mangala, a women farmer  about 20 kms from Mysore tending the earth for last 25 years, her 8 acres of land.

She talked about how she came into farming and had to say the following
1. We are happy to grow our own food, in fact our farming started out by just growing enough for our daily need but later we expanded and started selling in organic outlets. 
2. You can use sour buttermilk to spray your plants to get rid of white flies. 
3. We grow turmeric and the turmeric is harvested and boiled in water along with cow dung of native cow, drained and scrubbed to remove the skin, followed by drying and powdering it. 
4. She does not use any artificial pesticide or fertilizers. the more humus in your land the less pest attack you have. 
5. The excess food she grows is usually converted into finished produce like jam pickles and  also they extract their coconut oil. 

This was followed by Suma's demonstration on Bokashi composting.
1. There are two boxes to be used one after another. First fill the first box with your kitchen waste with one layer of waste sandwiched between rice barn which is treated with bacteria. 
Once the box if full, leave it for 'pickling' for  2 weeks, this is anaerobic stage of composting. This is followed by aerobic method, where the 'pickled' waste is mixed with coco coir and left another 2 weeks to the compost to get ready to be used. 
while the first box is left for ' pickling'. the second box can be put to use for anaerobic composting. 

In between the two programs there were few interesting questions that came  which has given risen to a whole approach for community participation.
 
Shamsundar:  How can small land holders hold onto their land?
Smt. Mangala: . By encouraging buying vegetables and produce from farm not looking at colour, shape and size, each one of you will help small land holding farmer survive.
 
Shamsundar: There is lot of glut and perishable farm produce should be converted into processed food. 

Smt. Mangala: Yes, we do process excess farm produce into jam, squash, pickle and such. If need be I can teach how to make jam , pickle etc. 

Shamsundar: I have excess guava in my farm and they are going waste if someone can collect them and convert them into jam, I'll be very grateful.

The conservation got so interesting that everyone stated pitching in.Few of the members promised to collect guava and make them into jam but they said they needed recipes to which few of them came forward to share recipes.
This lead to discussion on sharing traditional knowledge and passing it on to the next generation. 
Shamsundar proposed he was ready  to install oil expeller for the community to be used free if Nesara Farmers'  Market was ready to give space. To which Balachandran, readily agreed, space was lloked up and the space behind Nesara outlet was decided to be the place to the oil expeller to be set up. 

Know your Farmer - AP Chandrashekar

posted Jul 24, 2015, 9:03 AM by Prakriti Food   [ updated Jul 24, 2015, 9:53 AM ]

Date: 18 July 2015
Venue: Nesara 


Initiated by one of the volunteer at Nesara, Smt. Tanuja, this monthly program 'Know your farmer' has been highlighting a local farmer, his/her farm, farm produce and gives a historical background about the organic practices involved in the farm.
 
In this recent episode of the 'Know your farmer' series, well known farmer AP Chandrashekar graced the occasion with his wide range of products and farm produce that are well known in the Mysore region for the last 20 years. A.P.Chandrashekhar is synonym with organic farming in Mysore region. He's one of the founders of NESARA, a community initiative started way back in 1997.

The products and farm produce were kept for display and sale since morning 10 AM and organic enthusiasts started trickling down. Juices and Kashayam were on sale for the public. Visitors were impressed with the wide range of products and farm produce that denotes the hard work of Sri AP Chandrashekar.

Around five o clock in the evening, an interactive session was organized to discuss and share views on organic movement and state of affairs in general. One unexpected guest to this occasion was Sri Dinesh from Earth360 Enterprises, who is well known in the world of millets. The discussion drifted towards farmers suicides which is the fateful news in Mysuru district in recent times. Sri Dinesh shared with work experience of working with hundreds of farmers in the dryland region of Anantpur district. He pinpointed the 'loss of diversity' as the single most factor leading to poverty and distress in the region. Similar farmer suicides in Wayanad region during 2007 also was triggered by the mass migration towards rubber plantation by the local farmers. 

Reciprocating the issue in a larger scale where there's a huge loss of diversity at the global level, a doomsday scenario emerges for the mankind. As an urban consumer, one way of directly creating a positive impact is by helping the local farmers to grow diverse crops and local variants. 








More information about him and his farm can be found at the following link:

http://www.prakritifood.in/the-Mysore-organic-farmers/organic-farmers/apchandrashekar

Bamboo - Be the Change

posted Mar 7, 2015, 5:27 PM by Balachandran Chidambaranatraj   [ updated Mar 7, 2015, 5:27 PM ]


A training cum workshop on Bamboo propagation & utilization

for Farmers, Architects, Students, Entrepreneurs, Nature-lovers

Click here to read more....


SAMAAGAMA 2012

posted Jan 4, 2012, 1:47 AM by Prakriti Food   [ updated Jan 4, 2012, 1:48 AM ]

SPAN – Society for Promotion of Adventure and Nature awareness

SAMAAGAMA 2012

 

The 19th Anniversary of SPAN

All are invited!!!

Date: 8 January 2012

Time: 10 AM to 5 PM

Venue:
Uthara Kannada Jilla Samskrithika Sangha, Kuvempu nagar (behind Vidya Varthaka School, Mysore)

Events:
Slide Shows, Nature Quiz, Hourly Quiz, Speak Up contests for high school students, Display and demonstration of camping equipments, Rock Climbing Gears and one minute games, Individual development sessions called 'Believe in Yourself', Tambola, Lucky dip and many other traditional games.

2 Stalls on Organic Farming & Organic Food are to be put up for creating awareness on Organic living.

Please note that Prakriti shop @ VV Mohalla will remain closed on 8 Jan 2012.

 

Prakriti stall @ Eurokids Event

posted Dec 14, 2011, 8:21 PM by Prakriti Food   [ updated Dec 14, 2011, 8:27 PM ]

Go Green @ Eurokids Mysore - Prakriti
With support from Mrs. Mita Shah, the Prinicipal of Eurokids, Yadavagiri and her supporting staff, Prakriti put up a display stall in their Sports Meet organized at the Dasaprakash Paradise Hotel in Yadavagiri on 3 Dec 2011. The intent was to create awareness among the parents of the young minds about the importance of Food for a Healthy Living and the ways and means of achieving it!




Compost from Pinjrapole

posted Oct 12, 2011, 10:09 AM by Prakriti Food   [ updated Oct 12, 2011, 11:21 AM ]

manure compost for kitchen garden

Have you heard about Pinjrapole? It's an organization that takes care of sick and disabled cattle in and around Mysore - around 32oo of them.

Cow dung Compost - Rs. 8.00 per Kg
Cow dung compost can be used at the home gardens as manure and top soil.








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