Permaculture and Organic farm near Khao Yai National Park, Thailand

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  • Description

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    We are a Permaculture farm in its infancy stages. In 2015, I found Permaculture and started working as Permaculturist. Since then, we have been integrating Permaculture methodology into our farm.

    We produce Organic vegetables, fruits, and berries for our own consumption and the local markets. Our main products now are Mulberries, Thai Cherries, Gac fruits, Limes, and Butternut Squash. You will also find Papaya, Pomegranates, Bananas, Lemon Grass, and more. Because our farm is still in the formation stage, any volunteers with Permaculture or farming experience would be wonderful. I also welcome those new to farming who would like to come and learn with me.

    I have six greenhouses, hammocks, a rooftop with a view, dogs, nature, Organic food, Chickens and fresh eggs and more.

    I am starting to create value added products to sell in stores like berry juice, preserves, Kombucha, etc. I sell my produce such as Limes, Banana, and Papaya to a middleman.

    Like most small farmers, I have a freelance job. So you will not see me do farming 100% of the time. I spend about half my time (TH-MO) in Bangkok, either taking produces to the customers or farmer markets, or spend some time with my family. There are 2 live-in staffs who maintain and do all the heavy machinery on the farm. So you will not be left alone nor work alone.

    MO: returning to farm. reach farm about 12-15:00
    TU: farm life
    WE: farm life (time allow, we go for beers in town)
    TH: leave for bangkok at 11:00
    FR: bangkok life
    SA: bangkok life
    SU: bangkok life

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  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Help

    Help

    There are many tasks throughout the farm. It will depend on when you come, but I will be happy to send you what is being worked on at the time after you send a message. The help goes from seeding, planting, making new grow beds, making compost, getting materials from around the area, compost juice/tea, propagating our plants, using produces to make finished products. Sometime help feed the Chicken and collect the eggs for our daily breakfast.

    We can also brainstorm new ideas for new projects, and maybe some marketing work.

    For handyman type of work, we may be doing stuff like replacing valves, irrigation hoses or putting in new ones, building fences, or clearing rocks from an area. Anything bigger than that, I will leave it to the contractor.

    Daily chores and cooking are rotated among all volunteers. I am included! Yes, all the stuff that your mom tell you to do that you hate.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Thai

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    I have a spare bedroom in the house which can sleep 2-4 people. Setting up tents is possible in camping areas in the yard and on top of my house which is a scenic viewing roof. Most volunteers opt to set up tents outdoor. Please bring your own tent and sleeping gears.

    I like it to ask for contribution so we can cook for everyone at the farm. You can also grab a bike and go to a noddle shop in the near by village as an option.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are many local attractions in the area, including the Khao Yai National Park, and a large water park. They provide hiking, camping, as well as night safari to see many wild animals there as well. The areas near Khao Yai also have many local private attractions, such as local underground spring for swimming and relaxing. They are not walking distance, but rides can be arranged. A scooter rental is available in town.

    Pak Chong city is also nice and becoming quite comfortable to hangout during day and night. Local coffee shops are very friendly and cheap. Getting there is a 4km hitchhiking and a minibus ride, which total about 25km.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    On the farm, I can provide you with knowledge of Permaculture and Organic agriculture. You can learn from practical experience. Once I think you are OK with the task, I cut you lose and go back to my normal task of contacting customers, etc ...

    I lived in the US for most of my youthful life. So if exchanging Thai culture is your goal, this is not the place. Exchanging Permaculture and farming knowledge is! Once a week, we may go for some live music in a nearby pub, when time allows, usually on Wednesday evening.

  • ...

    Volunteering hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week


Photos

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Very photogenic Japanese sisters
Volunteers and childhood friends having banana pancakes!
I used to say every volunteers get to make compost. A few people may not be here long enough, but everyone get to work with compost.
Sunset view with my son
Here we are learning how to make Sabah Snake Grass tea.
Preparing the planting pot for Melon!
Multiple uses for one item! Chicken feed on the compost and the insects that compost attracts. Farmer gets the compost after a few weeks. Perfect Permaculture method!
Thanks to our 3 volunteers who made this garden posible
Getting ready to plant 10 Coconut plants
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