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Few snaps from Namma Santhe March 11, 2010

So, here are few snaps from Namma Santhe. These snaps doesn’t provide a complete coverage as i was busy seeing stalls and enjoying the Nature food workshop. Nevertheless it gives one a basic idea on what all was in store at Namma Santhe..

To start with there was this old gentleman dishing out his pottery works on demand(literally).
A potter making pottery

If you had any doubt, whether the pottery were selling or not look no farther than the hand of this lady. This stall is from “Small Steps” – selling nice colorful light weight bags (you can see the bag to the right of the pic) for just Rs.100/- hoping to make a difference by encouraging the use of cotton bags instead of plastics.

Small Steps...

There were many stalls selling organically grown food materials like banana,coconut,jackfruit,black pepper and many more items…

Vegetable stalls

And there was some entertainment too in from of music from this troupe. Sorry, i don’t know the particulars of the troupe. May be some one can help here.

music performance

Here is the delicious lunch being prepared by experts conducting the nature food work shop. So, you guessed it right, they are not cooking anything here, just mixing so many commonly available food items into one great mixture. And it was yummmm… you bet! Had a great session from these guys with they selflessly passing on their wealth of knowledge of Indian traditional food and health practices.

Last but not the least, the gardener connection… After hearing about Sahaja Samrudha since so long (almost a year – since i started gardening) i finally got a chance to buy few seeds from the Sahaja Samrudha stall. The seeds are long Okra, Lavanga Tulsi, Chakotha Green Laves(great source of iron), Egg Plant, Lettuce, purple red beans and mullu badane (a type of egg plant ??). All are organically grown seeds as you probably can read from the label. Best part is all this 7 type of seeds cost me just 35 rupees (5 each packet). Well, that’s something i have been looking for since long time – affordable seeds for kitchen gardeners. Lavanga Tulasi seeds too make me equally happy as I have been thinking of planting 1-2 tualsi plants in each of my soil bed/patch for some time now to try and experiment on their pest repellent abilities. So, lets wait and watch 🙂

The gardener connection!


12 Responses to “Few snaps from Namma Santhe”

  1. Annasamy R Says:


    Again you have come up with wonderful write up on Namma Santhe. When I read your post about Namma Santhe with dates and venue, I was hooked to visit them but things didn’t materialise for reasons you know.

    I will sure make it a point to visit next time such events, please pass on details.

    If you can pass on those Nature Food Recipe thru another blog, it would be great.

    • rajapanda Says:

      Thanks Anna,

      I guess the organizers are planning to make it a monthly affair, depending on the response of course!

      They are also planning to add few session on other sustainability topics like say gardening in their future Santhe’s.

      Nature food workshop was really good. Mainly it explained about few basic ways by which we can reduce the wastage in nutrient content of food while cooking.
      Breakfast was: legume sprouts with li’l bit of jaggery, and carrot and coconut milk.
      Then there was a serving of fruit salad in the mid session.
      For lunch it was mainly poha, mix of plenty of fruits and dry fruits and few vegetables.


  2. Sumathy Says:

    Hi Raj,

    I could not make it to this event. Your photos make me wish I had been there! Good write up.


  3. indrani Says:

    Thanks for uploading the snaps and write an article about it.
    I did see that you have bought some seeds. I request you to kindly take pictures are well so that we can see how the seeds can be planted, transplanted. Later you can post some pic when are grown a bit.

    • rajapanda Says:

      Hi Indrani,

      Glad you liked the post. Sure, i’ll do that. Only problem is, i may not use all the variety of seeds at a time. So, do bear with me 🙂


  4. saritha Says:

    hai raj
    i am looking for organic seeds…i am in hyderabad….where is it available in you have any idea…do you have sahaja samrudhas number or contact adress.

    • rajapanda Says:

      Hi Saritha,

      Sahaja Samrudha does sell organic seeds. But since you are not in B’lore I guess it will be little difficult for you to get the seeds from them.

      On the other hand I would suggest don’t be on the lookout for organic seeds too much. Any open pollinated seeds (not the F1 variety) should be good enough for you to start with. If you practice organic methods of gardening, you can save seeds and use them next time. Those will be organic seeds. I follow the same approach.


    • indrani Says:

      Hello saritha,

      This group is a part of sahaja samrudha – this is mentioned in the sahaja samrudha website. Check the below link. You can choose the seeds you want from the seed catalogue and contact them. I found that they are extremely helpful.

      Hope this helps.

      – Indrani.

  5. […] PDRTJS_settings_232357_post_774 = { "id" : "232357", "unique_id" : "wp-post-774", "title" : "Upcoming+Namma+Santhe+and+Gardening+Course", "item_id" : "_post_774", "permalink" : "" } The next ‘Namme Santhe’ is on Sunday, 11th April’10 . The venue details are same as given out one of my earlier post here. Few snaps from the last Santhe are here . […]

  6. praseena Says:

    wow !! love all your posts!

  7. Nataraj Says:

    Do you have some spare seeds of Lavanga Thulasi?

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