Organized by Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) Chennai Chapter

Friday, 20 July 2018

6.30 p.m.

At Amethyst, Whites Road, Royapettah, Chennai 600014

Sheela Balaji has successfully revived and cultivated over 103 varieties of heritage rice through the project ‘Spirit of the Earth’. On a 40-acre organic farm in Manjakkudi, Kumbakonam, they cultivate heritage, artisanal, non-hybrid rice, using purely organic practices. Rich in nutrients, these organically grown grains are pesticide-free and also in turn protect the soil.

The talk will revolve around Sheela Balaji’s journey in the space of organic farming, her personal experiences from being introduced to heritage rice to cultivating 103 varieties at a farm in Manjakkudi, lessons learnt along the way and stories she has heard from farmers across India.

For more information on the Spirit of the Earth project, visit their website here.



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