Sunday, September 18, 2016

Mango workshop on 24 & 25 Sep 2016 at Vanvadi (Neral Maharashtra)

This workshop by Vasantbhai Futane, experienced organic farmer and mango grower, will begin at 11 am on Saturday, and end by 3.30 pm on Sunday. Besides learning how to plant and tend mangoes, it offers some practical, hands-on experience in grafting. The workshop would also help you understand the ecological benefits of growing mango; and the selection of suitable varieties from a rich biodiversity growing in India.

The main language of communication will be Hindi, with concise translation into Marathi by Vasantbhai himself, and English translation (for those who need it) by Bharat.

On Sunday, by about noon, we hope to be joined by Nareshbhai Save, eldest son of Bhaskarbhai Save, who himself has several decades of rich experience in organic/natural horticulture, including mango. Extended interaction and sharing will thus continue till at least 3.30 pm on Sunday. 

A voluntary contribution of Rs 2,000 per participant (including food and stay) is requested for the workshop; but less or more is equally welcome. Payments may be made in cash or cheque in the following Net Banking Account:
Account Holder: Zui Mansata
Account No: 030010024360
Bank: Dena Bank
Branch: Peddar Road, Mumbai 400026
IFSC: BKDN0450101
MICR: 400018041

As we are planning to have a maximum of 25 participants for the workshop, please confirm participation soon by making payment and emailing a brief introductory para about yourself to with a copy to

What to bring: notepad, pen, rain protection, a small sharp knife, sleeping mat, 2 sheets, a mosquito net, torch, change of clothes, and whatever you would like to swim/splash in. Caution: The large rock pool is over 16 feet deep, and for swimmers only. Smaller, waist-deep water bodies are available for non-swimmers/beginners.

Vanvadi: is a 21 year old, 65 acre, collectively owned and regenerated bio-diverse forest, with about 2 acres under cultivated food crops, and over one acre of water bodies and streams. Our new community house can provide shared accommodation for about 25 people; and we encourage a community spirit of shared work and reciprocal learning and sensitivity. Simple vegetarian food is offered. There is no electricity, no piped water, and net connectivity is poor. But the natural ambience is delightful… lush forest, gurgling streams, the calls of birds and insects, … the sparkle of fireflies at night, and zillion glowing stars when the skies are clear!

Directions to reach Vanvadi from Mumbai or Pune are provided here

for more info.Call; Bharat 9967371183, Zui/Vinita 022-23542420, Tejal 9833707598

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  1. Good initiative. Is the place safe for female & kids

    1. Vanvadi is a safe place. please write directly to

      thank you.

  2. Is there a contact number ... To call and get more details

  3. Is there a contact number ... To call and get more details

    1. Bharat 9967371183
      Zui/Vinita 022-23542420
      Tejal 9833707598