Vanastree – Women Cultivating Seeds of Change

Vanastree Home 2Vanastree is a women-farmers’ collective based in the Western Ghats of tropical South India. We are dedicated to promoting forest garden biodiversity and small scale food systems through the conservation of traditional seeds and tubers. Vanastree means “women of the forest” and the agrarian communities here are part of an age-old way of life where the wilderness, spice orchards, paddies and homesteads are closely intertwined. The role of women farmers and gardeners is seen as integral to the social, cultural and ecological fabric of the unique Malnad region where our collective is located. Key to all of our initiatives, Vanastree demonstrates that challenges related to global food security and positive social change do have dynamic solutions that exist as small-scale working models in local ecosystems.

Never in my life have I had this feeling of being treated as an equal, and being respected. I wish I had been part of Vanastree earlier.
—Lakshmi Siddi


Vanastree is:

• A women-run seed saving collective in the Malnad region of the Western Ghats in Southern India
• Dedicated to sustaining biodiversity in forest home gardens and the unique lifestyle and culture of the region
• Involved in the documentation of traditional practices and wisdom—while integrating contemporary information

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Upcoming Events

Jan
31
Sat
10:30 Malnad Mela 2015 in Bengaluru – ... @ Golden Bead School, Bengaluru
Malnad Mela 2015 in Bengaluru – ... @ Golden Bead School, Bengaluru
Jan 31 @ 10:30 – 18:00
Malnad Mela 2015 in Bengaluru - Sat January 31st & Sun February 1st, 2015 @ Golden Bead School, Bengaluru | Bengaluru | Karnataka | India
See What is New at the 2015 Malnad Mela Commemorating our 15th year of passion, joy and persistence—we are launching several new products at this year’s special Malnad Mela, including the irresistible and all-natural Kokam[...]
Feb
1
Sun
10:30 Malnad Mela 2015 in Bengaluru – ... @ Golden Bead School, Bengaluru
Malnad Mela 2015 in Bengaluru – ... @ Golden Bead School, Bengaluru
Feb 1 @ 10:30 – 18:00
Malnad Mela 2015 in Bengaluru - Sat January 31st & Sun February 1st, 2015 @ Golden Bead School, Bengaluru | Bengaluru | Karnataka | India
See What is New at the 2015 Malnad Mela Commemorating our 15th year of passion, joy and persistence—we are launching several new products at this year’s special Malnad Mela, including the irresistible and all-natural Kokam[...]

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