Maya Ganesh

Maya Ganesh is a consultant on regenerative agriculture and waste management, undertakes socio-environmental research for academia and is an educator and writer. Her areas of research interest are closed-loop systems, community driven sustainable initiatives, rural-urban linkages and spiritual ecology.

She has over 16 years of work experience in the private sector and 6 years in the socio-environmental sector. She transitioned to the socio-environmental sector after a master’s degree in Environment & Sustainable Development from University College London (UCL).

Some of her projects include field work and documentation of Govardhan Ecovillage’s ‘rural outreach program’, waste management for a restaurant and working farm, urban agriculture and waste management for a school along with the students, designing curriculum around sustainable initiatives for a school, peri-urban beekeeping, community capacity building, advocacy, and education; features writing; academic research and publications.

Presented by – Maya Ganesh

Date: 08th to 09th Sept 2018

Location: Govardhan Ecovillage, P.O. Box Hamrapur, Tal: Wada, Dist: Palghar

Contact: 8291957160; Email:

Check in on 8 Sept 12 noon
Check out on 9 Sept 10 am

4 in an AC Room – charges Rs. 5000 per head
2 In a Non-AC Room Common toilet / bath – Rs. 4000 per head

Registration will close on 31st Aug 2018.

Rates include 5 meals for 2 days

Govardhan Ecovillage is about 108 kms from Mumbai city and 233 kms from Pune city. It is a beautiful picturesque drive on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway from Mumbai and Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway from Pune. You could drive down or hire a cab to get to the Ecovillage.

What’s happening:

  • How to get started on Urban Edible Gardening indoors, on balconies, porches, backyards and terraces
  • Turn your waste into wealth for your plants, segregate and recycle
  • Make your own soil
  • Types of seeds and where to get open pollinated seeds
  • Water management, recycled water, low maintenance design, choice of plants

Hands on Experience!

  • How to choose planters, what are companion plants, how to grow greens, tubers, creepers and edible weeds
  • Learn to sow seeds and save seeds
  • Sapling transplantation, mulching, pest control through biodiversity
  • Take home saplings and seeds


08th Sept 2018 – Day 1

Time Schedule Plan
10.00 Breakfast
10.30 to 11.30 Introduction to Urban Gardening and Waste Management Closed loop systems – visual and discussion, photos of urban edible gardens in varied spaces and small spaces
11.30 to 12.30 Make your own soil things needed: compost (1 sack ), soil or red soil (1 sack), river bed sand or cocopeat (1 sack); demo how to pot, potting mix, make your own potting mix
12.30 to 13.00 Introduction to household waste management Segregation, composting in small spaces, resources
13.00 to 14.00 Lunch break
15.00 to 16.00 Composting techniques at GEV and companion planting walk in the section where composting happens near Madan Mohan Prabhu’s office and a walk to show companion planting and polyculture next to it
16.00 to 17.30 Introduction to seeds,seed saving and how to store seeds Types – GMO, Hybrid, Open pollinated/heirloom, movie clip – exerpts from the living soil
17.30 to 18.00 GEV seed stall outside the workshop venue You can have a seed stall so participants can buy some seeds
19.00 to 21.00 Dinner

09th Sept 2018 – Day 2

Time Schedule Plan
09.30 to 10.30 Seed sowing, sapling transplantation seeds, one small terracotta pot per participant
Giveaways Giveaways – seeds, 1 sapling for each participant in a nursery bag (small Tulsi sapling)
10.30 to 11.30 Growing greens and herbs, sowing chart, pest control through biodiversity, microgreens audio, visual, movie clip, discussion; Maya to demonstrate how to sow mustard microgreens
11.30 to 12.30 The importance of soil health and how to improve soil health; mulching audio, visual, movie clip, discussion
12.30 to 13.00 Q & A, resource list sharing with email address classroom
13.00 to 14.00 Lunch Leave for Mumbai