While urban consumers think farmers are not doing enough to go organic, they are unaware of where their food comes from, and how it is grown.
To bridge this gap, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) DigitalGreen and Fresh & Local have organised a workshop ‘Farmer Funda’ at Studio X, Fort, on Saturday and Sunday, where citizens can learn about the organic movement by farmers.
Videos of farmers using various methods to accelerate organic farming practices, such as producing inexpensive fertilizers and pesticides from natural substances, will be shown, followed by sessions on cooking with organic vegetables and fruits.
Farmers from Madhya Pradesh, in association with NGO Samaj Pragati, will give organic farming tips to attendees.
On Sunday, participants will get hands-on experience in urban farming on the terrace of a building in Mohammed Ali Road, where Fresh & Local has created an urban garden with the help of the building’s residents.
“We are excited about how the organic movement is growing in Mumbai,” said Adrienne Thad-ani, founder of Fresh & Local. “So we thought it would be a good idea for farmers to show the innovative green technology they use to Mumbaiites. We hope to send out a message that if farmers can do organic farming on a large scale, they can too,” Thadani said.