Ninth Malnad Mela 2016
The Malnad Mela in Bengaluru has been an important way of linking women farmers/gardeners with consumers in a bid to promote better understanding of rural agrarian issues, conservation of the Western Ghats and to help augment the income of women. At this Malnad Mela, we also feature youth farmers from Chamarajnagar who are part of a food garden course run by Vanastree with our local partner, Punarchith.
Our theme this year is traditional seeds and tubers, and soils. While the spirit of celebration and seeking solutions continues, we are acutely aware of the many dismal agrarian issues that loom large. We carry on striving to spread the message of seed conservation, remembering forgotten foods and building living soil systems, while staying rooted in our community work.