Require only the serious coffee, organic farming, wildlife /jungle enthusiast.
We just opened a homestay on the farm so we need help looking after some homestay activities.
CURRENT PROJECT. COFFEE grading
Carpentry, earthwork landscaping, painting wall and artwork, kitchen Help, homestay guest coordinating.
Can accommodate up-to 8 this season.
Food and gas contribution 350rs per day.
Food(mostly organic) unlimited coffee to drink. Though we don't recommend you overdose.
Our plantations/farm is a completely off the grid project. The farm is located at an altitude of 1400 mts ASL surrounded by shola forest and vast grasslands. We are in a highly eco endemic and sensitive zone and we endure to respect that.Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary attained greater significance as it is identified as one of the two ecological and biological hot spots in India and covers an area of 492.30 Sq. Kms. Similarly ornithologists spotted 300 varieties of resident and migratory bird species in the BWS. Some of the species found in the BWS includes Grey Junglefowl, Red Spurfowl, Painted Bush Quail, Emerald Dove, Southern Green Imperial Pigeon, Great Black Woodpecker, Malabar Parakeet, Hill Myna, Ruby-throated Bulbul, Shama, Malabar Trogon, Malabar Whistling Thrush, four species of Hornbill and Racquet-tailed Drongo etc.
While our Remote location creates a lot of challenges for us it also provides long lasting sustainable alternatives for us to adopt. We completely source our electricity from mini hydro power turbine. We are trying to be as food sustainable as possible by growing over 25 different types of veggies and herbs(edible & medicinal) and hoping to include pulses in the coming season.
We have a lot of activities at the farm as any farm would but especially since we are converting into organic. We follow traditional polyculture system of agriculture with permaculture principles at the heart of it.
We grow coffee, cardamom, wild pepper, jamun and experimenting with a lot more fruiting trees. Our current projects are apiary , refurbishing antique furniture, soil healing through terracing, composting mulching(all year round), making liquid manure , Food forestry and reforestation(all year round), veggie garden(all year round), Micro hydel project(Apr-May), seed bank and many more.
We encourage our volunteer to innovate on some new creative projects that might add to what we are already doing or jump on any of the above projects as there is always work to be done on the farm.
We are located in Bhadra tiger reserve and the closest town is chikmangalur (Karnataka) is 23 km away. We are accessible by private bus going to Attigundi . Kindly intimate us prior to your arrival.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Learn more about a quite life in a coffee estate in a tiger reserve. Our simple way of life completely off grid, where electricity is produced by water and food by land. Learn and experience Indian cusine and Also coffee tasting sessions held on request.
We understand that only labour of love can bring in real results and true satisfaction. So we encourage volunteers to participate in activities they love the most.
But if you are a novice then one can always help in the current projects.
We carry out work on all the five elements which is mostly hands on job.
Our Current And Future Projects:
Kitchen garden, Edible Landscaping, Bee Keeping, COFFEE PICKING.
Composting, Liquid manuring, Fruit Harvesting, Antique furniture refurbishing, Dam Rebuilding for hydro power etc.
Painting and Interior of guest house(Apr -june)
Informal Permaculture introductory course(may end).
Harvesting Wild lemons(feb-apr).
Bengali (Bangla): Fluent
Punjabi (Eastern): Fluent
The accommodation is clean and spacious(With indoor bath) flower garden , Since the location is quite remote internet connectivity is minimal. We have moved to the farm early 2016. The food is always Fresh and Mostly Organic.
We do have the basic amenities like hot food, hot water. We do encourage the volunteers to take up cooking and cleaning as part of our daily farm activities.
We have a humble home with kitchen garden and willing to share with like minded volunteers of up to 6-8. We have 1 private room with bath and a dorm with attached bathroom with 4beds clean sheets and blankets. We have board games and plenty of books and musical instrument to keep one busy.
We are avid stargazers and on clear night skies do bring out our telescope to peer into the starlight from past.
Time off can be spent over a cup of hot brew but wisely or lazily depends on whatever makes u happy.
There are treks around one can take onto the highest peak in karnataka from the farm or just chill by the stream, head into the town for knik knacks even head to belur the ancient temple town from hoysala dynasty, Safari in the bhadra wildlife sanctuary to spot deer,bison,maybe even a tiger or read a book.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
max 25 hours/week
In developing countries (Where most hosts are involved in charity work or community development) some of our hosts may ask for a small donation to help the host family or charity (often less then 5 dollars per day) Workaway will allow this listing when the donation goes directly to the family or charity and is just to cover the cost of the volunteer‘s stay. (This will be clearly marked on the host listing).
We will strictly not allow listings posted by agents, “middle men” or projects who we feel are looking to profit from a volunteers stay.