My name is Uma
I came back 3 years ago in Nong khai for take care my familly.
Before i was working in Bangkok in a vegeterian restaurent, like a cook and a cooking teacher, since 4 years.
Now i start a new life in the farm of my familly.
The target of this place its to share nowledge with local poeple,
about alternative constructions, organic agriculture, and languages too.
In the same hand i can teach about thai culture, cooking school, and much more.
Try to be selfsufficient.
The important thing you should know we dont make any profit from the farm, all the rice and the vegetables we grow is for the farm, famillies, friends, and volunteers. Its why we ask a contribution of 150 bath per day and person, this include accomodation, food cooking and eating togethers, electricity, gas for cooking and go to the market, electricity and water of cours, also cycle (2) for makes tours, and a very nice experiences in the thai rural isan culture.
We situated near nong khai in the rice field,close to a little village called Nong Bua Thong (golden lotus).
There is a cafe internet 5 min walk from the farm, 2 min by cycling.
Nong khai center is 25 min by cycling.
We build the farm 3 years ego,
all the materials come from the farm, not more then 20 meters around.
The structure of the roof and the wall is in bamboo ,
insulation is with rice straw. And the plaster in and outside by the soil from the field near,
this hous is very eco friendly
Hope the great interesting trip, all the best
p.s uma 2017 sine five year we grow the rice but now 2017 we decide to grow banana forest and very need to take care in the start also.becouse it dry area where we are so this year start to grow banana make green in the summer!!!
And from end of November we don't need volunteers but if who like to have to stay we have home stay 100/person/night. Free bicycle ,coffee and drinking water. But not with food ... I have some simple menu Thai fast food it fair price service or you can take bicycle to city not to far.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
We welcom all the people interesting by work in the rice field and we need you help, many things to do ( harvest, tight the rice, transport it seperate the seeds from the straw, cooking for the team and so more) all the harvest in November , no heavy machine and good sleep.
Hope to see you soon , have a nice trip.
We will make a small garden for cook some year we have luck , take care fruit trees,make compost and liquide firtiliser, grow corn as a milpa system witch means with pumpkins and beans.
We like to build a small and simple strawball compact machine that way thai farmer can build they hown easy, cheap with simple materiels, and build they hous with or keep good place for later.So thats the projects we will work on if you like to join us, will olso have some tatching roof and wood collecting and many many .
we. Start to grow the rice on May untill June .July if we have the rain on time.than take care of rice field untill November it harvest time that the end of rice season.
we follow two different techniks, the traditionnel and one from china that way we can comper and make a report for next years. Now (april) the rice grow, we will start to split and drop them on may until june, and that will take at least one month to finish, later have to take care the rice about water irrigation, weeding and fertilizer.
That will be our main activities for the next four months.
We will harvest the rice around middle november depends also the wether.
But there is also the vegetable garden where we grow tomatos, papaya, sweet basil, ognions, some been and salad, some medicinal plants too.
Have to clean the area cut some wood for the winter, fencing around the house.
The second main activities will be to grow some trees: tecks wood, some papaya trees, mango,lemon, tamarin and much more.
So in resume:
Take care the rice field and make a daily report about the weeding, look after the insect which is good or not for the rice.
Fencing and clean the area.
Grow many kind of different trees.
Electricity job and building construction with natural product (wood, bamboo, straw, mud, etc...)
Dry toilet for saving water, wind power for pumping water, build chicken houses, duck houses , and many many.
We also work with two others rice organic farmers, all situated near nong khai , so we will help itch others and moving in itch farm where needed.
In those farm, have also building mud house with mud bricks take care pigs and ducks, also vegetable garden, and much more with the farm need.
Thai, English, French
You will stay under very confortable bamboo hut with big straw roof, bamboo floor like you can see in the rice fields in thailand and Laos.
There is two big hut for couple and two smaller for individual guest just near the mud hous
We have mosquitos net or tent, every things is there, also matlas blankets etc...
Now we have electricity since 10 month so every things its much more easy,
but we still live in a very simple way so dont expect a 4 stars hostel but clean and comfortable The farm is situated in the middle of the rice field.From a little village called Nong Bua Thong ( golden lotus) a small earth way run into the field and bring us to the farm.
The area is very bieutifull with trees and fields of rice all around.This place is close to the friendship brigde between Nong khai (thailand) and Vientiane (laos).We can collect you there or in the train station .Its also close to the center of Nong khai city 10 min by bikes. If you want you can rent motorbike or take the cycle that we have in the farm to see around.
There is big festival in Nong khai end of october around the 21 octo ber celebrate the end of boudha time and the fayer ball and race of traditionnal wooden boats.
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