My name is Mervin and I'm in the process of developing a large scale vertical farming project here in Cambodia. The land is owned by my brother-in-law's family and I started to work on it about a year ago, they currently live on the farm as well. The ultimate vision is to create Cambodia's first organic, commercial, hydroponic farm, a sustainable model designed and created for the Cambodian people.
The farm’s main activities is split into two functions. One is the commercial, organic, hydroponics development project, and the other is the traditional Cambodian farming living. In essence, they work together symbiotically to help promote growth in each sector. For instance, since the hydroponics sector needs to have organic fertilizer, we are able to harvest the necessary ingredients to make our own organic fertilizer from the waste and excess produces from the traditional farming sector of the farm. We would have access to various animal manure, food waste and local plants to make organic fertilizer.
The project is mainly construction based, like welding, cutting metal, painting, working with PVC pipes, some electrical engineering, structural engineering and a certain level of general handiness. If you do not have experience or specified skills in these areas, it's not a problem at all, you can assist me in completing the tasks and/or I can teach you these skills :) (time permitting, of course)
The project does not require any kind of traditional farming skills, but since hydroponics requires very little space (even at our scale) the rest of the farm is used to grow fruits and vegetables, so any help that you wish is give is appreciated by my family.
You will have your own room furnished with a bed, mattress, and mosquito net.
There is a cost of $3 a day for food, which includes ass meals. We have many types of local fruits which you're welcome to pick and eat at your leisure.
The farm is completely off-the-grid, we have solar panels, which will provide enough electricity to charge phones, computers, and tablets.
We harvest and store rainwater and have a well so we have plenty of water, bathing is done from cisterns.
WiFi is not available on the farm, but WiFi is available at the town which is close to the farm. We make frequent trips to the town center so we'd be happy to ferry you back and forth. If you're familiar with riding moto's, you can take a moto there yourself, or we'd be happy to teach you how to ride.
The work days are from Monday to Friday, we will have the weekends free, which you can do whatever you like. Feel fee to head over to Kirirom National Park (we're only 15 moto ride away), take trips out to the islands at Sihanoukville (2hr bus ride away), head back to Phnom Penh to see the sights (2hr bus ride), check out Kampot (my personal fav), see Angkor Wat at Siem Reap or any of the wonderful experiences of Cambodia. If requested, I can be your weekend tour guide, I always enjoy showing people around this beautiful country of mine. If not, you're welcome to explore Cambodia on your own.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Travellers will get to experience the true essence of living in Cambodia, while Phnom Penh is as beautiful a city as any other, the majority of Cambodians live and work in rural areas. Travellers will get to experience firsthand what it means to be an Cambodian.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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