20-6-22: The delayed rains have finally arrived! Like dancing stars, the fireflies are
swirling and darting all over the surrounding forest, heralding the season of renewal.
Over the last 2 weeks, we rushed to complete work on a new check dam, adjoining our well. Before that
we re-assembled the entire roof of the house, replacing all the old bamboo ‘reepas’ with our own,
strong wood. We also did extensive de-silting of our stream beds and water bodies, and a significant
amount of rock bunding to prevent erosion where we deposited the silt (fertile topsoil) that we
removed. Earlier, in May, we started a nursery of almost a thousand saplings of diverse forest and fruit
saplings. And a week ago, we sowed our millets (nachhni and varie), along with some sesame and
vegetables. Now, we will focus on more planting. (Shall try to post photographs later this week.)
June 25-26 weekend: Planting Camp
July 2-3 weekend: Planting Camp continued; also a ‘Forest Food Foraging Walk’ with local adivasis
July 9-10 weekend: Planting Camp continued; also a ‘Forest Food Foraging Walk’ with local adivasis
For the above, we request a contribution of Rs 800 per person for a day visit, including lunch; and Rs
1200 per person for overnight stay upto 24 hours, including dinner. No charge for children below 6.
Sunday, July 17: Full day workshop on ‘Forest Foods of Konkan’, along with 2 or 3 more organizations.
More details will be posted in a few days. For this, we will be requesting a contribution of Rs 1500 per
adult (including lunch); and Rs 800 for children upto 12 years.
Bank Account Details
Name: Bharat Mansata and Rashmi Palkhivala
Savings Account No: 99380100005894
Bank: Bank of Baroda
Branch: Peddar Road, Mumbai
IFSC Code: BARB0DBPEDD (The fifth character is a zero.)