Ours is an Organic Permaculture Farm, 15 acre family estate located in the coorg, Karnataka, South India.It is currently a plantation of rudraksha, coffee, black pepper, food forest growing a wide variety of herbs and vegetables , and much more. We are conducting a volunteer program in permaculture and building Eco resort .We also provide yoga classes on special request. This is a family farm and we want to heal the damages inflicted by our modern society of over consumption, fossil fuel dependence and industrial agriculture. To achieve this, we are striving to become a leading permaculture demonstration and education center.
We are conducting a ethno botanical conservation and cultivation of wild edible plants among the ethnic groups in Western Ghats. The tribal communities nurture rich knowledge about medicinal plants and its uses. Therefore, we are doing an exhaustive ethno botanical survey in this area and planting those wild edible plants in our farm. We observed that the tribes use different valuable wild medicinal plant species belonging to different families were identified with relevant information, With regard to their botanical name, family, local name, parts used and utilization by the local tribal people for different human ailments. Among them plants were Herbs, Shrubs, Small trees, Big trees and Climbers. The common diseases treated by the herbal practitioner were diuretic, snake bites, jaundice, piles, dysentery, ulcer, piles, swellings, anti-inflammatory, weight loss, diabetics, cough & cold, body pain, jaundice, wounds, diarrhea and anti-cancerous.
We invite botanist and knowledgeable individuals around the world to join our team for the conservation and cultivation program. But the commercial importance and the market value of these wild fruits is unknown to them. Hence we are trying to conserve those wild edible-plants and cultivate in large scale, to uplift their economic status in near future.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
Older than the great Himalayan mountain chain, the Western Ghats of India are a geomorphic feature of immense global importance. Western Ghats is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the eight "hottest hot-spots" of biological diversity in the world. Coorg or Kodagu is part of Western Ghats, of India recognized as one of the top hotspots of biodiversity in the world. Coorg ( Kodagu )one of the smallest districts, is home to 8% of India’s and 35% of Karnataka’s plant resources.
Learn traditional knowledge system in our country, inventories, record all ethno-botanical and cultural information among the diverse ethnic communities before the traditional cultures are completely lost. Therefore, documentation of information will help us in conserving the knowledge.
Volunteers can make a comprehensive database of the plants used for various purposes and could be saved for the forthcoming generations. With these information the Specialists can conduct laboratory investigations and clinical trials and suggest to validate the therapeutic properties of these wild edible fruits for effective and safe use.
Volunteers can experience life in rural / interior south India, learn organic farming techniques of traditional farmers, natural building and working on a sustainable ecological farm. Also they can learn about Kodava community, comprising the many aspects that together make that ‘way of life’ – their dress, language, social structure, ancestral homes, religious practices, customs, festivals, songs and dances. Know how Kodava community worship the elements of nature – the sun, fire and water and witness another interesting example of nature worship by Kodavas is their devakad (sacred groves). Kodagu is believed to have the highest density of sacred groves in the world – one or more grove for each village.
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR :
Preferably couple who can stay longer to coordinate volunteering activities
Preferably who is having previous camping experience:
Participants are asked to contribute:
5 hours of help each day 5 days a week.
In addition, everyone is asked to perform daily chores maintaining the community house/kitchen, bath house and animal systems.
The 5 hour day will be focused in:
Cob building- Eco lodge
Nursery care and plant propagation,
Animal care etc..
Larger farm projects are regularly scheduled during hours that are not limited to but may include:
natural building and construction,
Community water project,
Animal feed production,
Planting and structural maintenance.
We strive hard to give our volunteers the most well-rounded experience we can offer. Our schedule is determined weekly by the Farm Director and Volunteer Coordinator and is based upon the timing and needs of each of our farm systems and structures. At the end of the day, chill out in the hammocks all around the farm .
Music and campfire in the night.
We can accommodate Volunteers in Tents and dormitory made of bamboo, basically it will be an eco lodge. Food will be provided from the products available in local market and neighboring traditional farmers prepared by volunteers.
Our farm fully runs on Solar energy and the iron box will be run by coconut shells and charcoal. Plastics are strictly controlled. We have a small pond and Spring water available from our own spring and will be filtered and provided. We also have packaged drinking water for drinking. We Practice farming in harmony with the moon and the stars and the sun, practice-Traditional Indian bio-dynamics , we produce all that is required for the fertility of the land, and production, within the land itself. Learning from how things are done by the moon, with the tides of plants and trees and in harmony with the forces of nature. In olden days we all possessed the common knowledge of when it was good to plant, to weed, to prune trees, to cut / shading your trees. With the loss of stories and the migration to cities most of us have lost the old way and no longer are even aware of lunar cycles - our philosophy of self sustainability.
As yet we don’t have wifi access or telephone connection, which will mean you can get a well deserved radiation detox. Mobile access is intermittent, but a 5 minute walk up the hill will give you a better signal and internet.
Places to visit nearby:
Namdroling Monastery of Nyingma, also known as Golden Temple- The Tibetan settlements, Madikeri fort, Abbey falls, Raja's Seat, Omkareshwara temple ,Gaddige Raja's tomb ,Chelavara falls, Cauvery Nisargadhama , Thalakaveri origin of the Cauvery river, Dubare Elephant Training Camp, Chingara Falls, Mandalpatti suicide point, Thadiantamol trek, pushpagiri trek.If you travel for 2 hours you can reach beaches in Kannur (kerala), there are several beaches in Kannur.
Goa to Coorg is 10 h 27 min (501.3 km) via NH66
Bangalore- Coorg is 5 h 21 min (263.4 km) via NH75
Mysore – Coorg is 2 h 34 min (106.9 km) via Mangalore - Mysore Hwy
Kannur ( Kerala) – Coorg is 3 h 1 min (102.9 km) via Kannur - Coorg Rd
Nearest airports to Coorg are Mysore, Mangalore and Bangalore. From Mysore, Coorg is 120 kilometers away, the Mangalore airport is 135 kilometer far and the airport at Bangalore is 260 kilometers away. Nearest railheads to Coorg are at Mysore, Mangalore and Hassan (146 kilometers)and Kannur ( Kerala) -102 KM.
If you are an adventure junkie, there are various activities, in which you can take part like trekking, river rafting, etc. On the other hand, if you love peace, there are monasteries to attain some peace and ditch the noise of city life.
PLAN FOR TRIP:
Thadiantamol trek- Tadiandamol peak is the second highest in Karnataka.
Tibetan Golden Temple
Dubare Reserve Forest & Elephant Camp
Nagarhole National Park
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
Winter : December To February
Summer : March To May
Monsoon : June To November
Winter in Coorg is very cold and temperatures drop drastically during night. Always carry warm clothes if you are visiting Coorg during winter. If visiting during monsoon then never forget to pack your rain wear as Coorg rains will drench you for good.
Coorg is one of those destinations, which will guarantee a quality vacation for everyone, be it your family, friends or your partner.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week