Vanastree is:

• A women-run seed saving collective in the Malnad region of the Western Ghats in Southern India
• A critical force for initiating empowerment and the socio-economic security of its members
• A facilitator for the production of quality organic seeds and products
• A provider of experiential learning programmes rooted in community and agroecology

Women of the Forest

We are a women-farmers’ collective based in the Western Ghats of tropical South India 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 Vanastree Home 2way 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.

Small and Beautiful

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

Upcoming Events

Jan
21
Sat
11:00 Malnad Mela 2017, Bengaluru : Ja... @ Golden Bead School
Malnad Mela 2017, Bengaluru : Ja... @ Golden Bead School
Jan 21 @ 11:00 – 18:00
Malnad Mela 2017, Bengaluru : January 21- 22, 2017 @ Golden Bead School | Bengaluru | Karnataka | India
Grow a Garden, Cultivate a Future Moving into our 17th year of sisterhood with organic seeds, delicious natural foods and a selection of non-foods. More than 50 products in total and our partners are bringing[...]
Jan
22
Sun
11:00 Malnad Mela 2017, Bengaluru : Ja... @ Golden Bead School
Malnad Mela 2017, Bengaluru : Ja... @ Golden Bead School
Jan 22 @ 11:00 – 18:00
Malnad Mela 2017, Bengaluru : January 21- 22, 2017 @ Golden Bead School | Bengaluru | Karnataka | India
Grow a Garden, Cultivate a Future Moving into our 17th year of sisterhood with organic seeds, delicious natural foods and a selection of non-foods. More than 50 products in total and our partners are bringing[...]

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