Welcome! We are a Permaculture Farm. A couple of Indian-Australian-American hybrids living the natural life on our 1 acre plot in the beautiful Sahyadri Range (Western Ghats) in Maharashtra, India. We’re the globe-trottin’ type and bring the world’s seeds, artifacts, guests, ideas, and experiences to our land.
Our property is a homestead, permaculture farm, production house and workshop space.
We are at the beginning stages of our working our land, so there is lots to do and create! Ongoing work is maintaining the veggie garden, food forest, compost, nursery, and creative/decorative projects. We are also always producing -- peanut butter, kombucha, seed packages, granola, teas etc. And now the Monsoon is coming (June-August)! It is an amazing time to be here -- with some of the highest rainfall in all of India and lots of tree planting and seed starting to be done :) Monsoon also means we want ARTISTS! Lots of creative jobs can happen when there is less active work on the farm!
Our upcoming 2019 projects are:
-Dig out and create a 'concealed wetland' for grey water processing
-Create a big Mandala garden bed
-Build a composting toilet (DONE!)
-Dig a massive lake! HUGE project, may be this year may be next.
-Build a cob oven
-Build a chicken coop
-Build a greenhouse (DONE -- now working on roof and cover)
-Lay drip irrigation
-Fix up/paint/decorate a small house for volunteers (DONE!)
Building 4 totally unique, off-grid, eco-bungalows on our lower 1/2 acre. Designers, natural builders wanted!
Our farm is located in Panchgani, Maharashtra -- a beautiful hill station 4 hrs SE of Mumbai. The town is small but very popular for tourists and the region is densely forested, great for hiking, trekking, biking, and relaxing.
We are looking for awesome guests -- people who are excited about life, open minded, positive, and have gifts to share -- be it food, music, natural building, farming, art etc.
We are both trained in Permaculture and will teach you all along the way. No real skills required to stay, but an enthusiastic and hard-working attitude is a must. Please write to us about what projects you are interested in / what you bring to the table and how you can aid our mission :)
Come grow with us!
We speak Hindi, English and a little Spanish.
*️️️️️️*️️️️️️please note that we cannot accept anyone with a PEANUT ALLERGY! We manufacture peanut butter and always have them around the house!!!
Help with Eco project
Kunal is Indian-Australian and Laura is American. Together we have trotted this whole globe and live to travel and explore. We have lots of life stories from all over the world to share.
The cultural benefit you will receive here is a taste of life in a small(er) Indian town; Marathi/Hindi language and food, working with villagers and enjoying the slow pace of rural Indian life.
General Permaculture Farm Maintenance:
-Planting, Weeding, Harvesting
-Natural Fertilizers (jeevamruut)
-Painting murals/art on walls
-Making art to hang up
-carpentry skills to build chicken coop, green house, tool shed, composting toilet etc
-If you have the skills, we could build a bamboo structure together — looking to build 3 small huts on our lower plot within the next year.
If you are trained Permaculturist and/or designer, you may have the opportunity to participate in leading workshops/classes and participating in creating designs for other farmers.
Hindi, English, a little Spanish
Types of Accommodation:
1. A bedroom treehouse loft that sleeps 2 (bunk bed) with its own separate bathroom and shower.
2. If the loft is full of other volunteers -- In tents in the front lawn (we have 1 large tent, you can also provide your own)
We will feed you delicious food three times a day with chai/coffee etc. We eat a lighter breakfast (eggs, smoothie, toast etc) with a coffee/chai and head out for farm work, then come in around 2 pm for a big delicious long lunch (seasonal sabji, daal, rice, roti etc), have some kind of afternoon chai, then usually have a lighter dinner around 7 or 8 pm.
We cook and eat vegetarian food on the farm but are not STRICT vegetarians, and thus don't have any rules on how our volunteers choose to eat.
In your time off (weekends), you can travel to Pune, Mumbai, Goa -- all a bus ride away. Panchgani is a tourist spot so there is lots of available transportation to major city hubs.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week