Making farming a summer activity

Want to get your hands dirty and learn more about where your favourite crops come from? Here are some organisations that can help you out

The Prodigal Cook Farms, Noida

This one’s for the kids: they can learn about farm life, composting, growing their own food and more, through art, music and hands-on training. All experiences are followed by a farm-to-fork meal. Details:, 8377052655

Urban Leaves, Mumbai

In February, this community organisation kicked off a series of mini workshops for beginners who want to grow their food in limited urban spaces. This includes soil care and seed maintenance. Follow their blog for details on upcoming events. Details:

Edible Routes, New Delhi

This organic farming outfit hosts everything from pest management to kombucha brewing events. For the more serious gardeners, there’s a certified course in urban farming coming up in July, spread over four weekends. Details and registration:, 9811071751

WWOOF India, Nationwide

An international network that connects volunteers with organic properties and farms, there are about 240 hosts spread across 16 states. Register as a member to experience living and working on a farm and become self-sufficient. Details: