Organic Farm and Farm Stay Near Khao Yai National Park, Thailand

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  • Description

    Description

    [Due to travel limitation, we won't we able to accept volunteers who travel into Thailand until after Aug 31, 2020. If you are already in Thailand, it is fine.]

    I brought this farm in 2007 as a way for our family to have a place to be away from the busy city life. The first half is a Natural Farm with a future Learning Center, the second half is a Farm Stay consisted of 4 guest houses and 5 guest rooms in the main house. My hope is to have the farm stay and the produces financed the learning center and the staff to run it. Our learning center is just starting with a fish pond dug in front of a huge pile of woods and lumber as raw material for the center.

    Our farm produced none chemical vegetables, fruits, and berries. We concentrated mostly on local varieties. We have free-range chickens that give us eggs to sell to a local Buddhist school in town. The vegetables and other produces are sold to the guests who came to stay at the guesthouses and also to walk-in tourists.

    Since we intended to be a learning center, there are multiple types of farming on-site now including Permaculture, market gardening, Organic, DIY greenhouse, food forest, verticle garden, etc ... I will add different farming techniques as I see fit.

    Like most small farmers, I have a freelance job. So you will not see me do farming 100% of the time. I split my time between the farm and family life with my wife and son in Bangkok.

    Volunteers will spend most of the time with my trusted farmers. I usually do farm work in the early morning and work on my freelance job for the rest of the day. I am on hand from Mon-Thu, and back to Bangkok with my wife and son on Friday-Sunday.

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  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Hospitality/Tourism

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    On the farm, I can provide you with knowledge of Permaculture and Organic agriculture. You can learn from practical experience. Once I think you are OK with the task, I cut you lose and go back to my normal task of contacting customers, etc ...

    Our local staffs are a library of farming knowledge if you can get past the language barrier.

    I lived in the US for most of my youthful life. Exchanging Thai culture with me is pretty minimal, but my local staff is very friendly.

  • Help

    Help

    Any volunteers with Permaculture or farming experience would be wonderful. I also welcome those new to farming who would like to come and learn with me.

    There are many tasks throughout the farm. It will depend on when you come. We focus on producing Salad and vegetables weekly so we will have them for meals daily. The task can be from seeding, planting, making new grow beds, making compost using the materials around the farm, compost juice/tea, propagating plants. Sometimes help feed the Chicken and collect the eggs for our daily breakfast.

    Plants that you will find on our farm are Gac fruits, Limes, Papaya, Bananas, Lemon Grass, Citronella grass, Blackberries, Raspberries, and a few others.

    Normally there is no help needed for the Farm Stay, but if there is an emergency I would ask for help.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Thai: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a small detached house with bunk beds and a bathroom that can house 4 volunteers. No cooking is required. All are expected to maintain their own area, pick-up their own mess and help clean the sleeping quarter.

    Setting up tents is possible in camping areas in the yard. Please bring a tent and sleeping gears if you have them.

    Volunteers work in exchange for sleeping accommodation.
    We ask that you pay (100 THB per day) to cover the expense of 3 meals, including the Internet, and other utilities.

    Things that you need to bring
    1. Personal toiletry, medication, mosquitos repellant, etc ...
    2. Laundry detergent
    3. Warm cloth and footgear (I have spare boots, but it never fit everyone) I often work in my flip-flop

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are many local attractions in the area, including the Khao Yai National Park. They provide hiking, camping, as well as night safari to see many wild native animals. The areas near the park also offered many local private attractions, such as underground water spring (free to the public) for swimming and relaxing, mushroom farms, even amusement parks with a water theme. They are not walking distance. Public bus from town to Khao Yai entrance is about 30 KM then you can get to the camping ground using your thumbs or tell the forest ranger that you need a ride.

    Many people like to rent a scooter at about 300 THB per day, which is available in town. Let me know if you need to rent one. Don't rent one to come to the farm. You will waste the money while it is parked at the farm.

    Pak Chong city is also nice and becoming quite comfortable to hang out during day and night. Local coffee shops are very friendly and cheap. Getting there is a 4 KM hitchhiking and a minibus ride, which total about 25 KM. The public bus to town is about 30 baht.

    If time allowed, once a week or so, we do take a drive to the night market in town for a locally cooked meal, which is quite enjoyable and different from the farm meal. If everyone likes to, we also can stop at a pub for some live music before we head back to the farm and sleep! We never stay late due to work the next day.

    Note on dogs at the farm: There are farm dogs and sometimes other dogs come into our farm and fight for territory. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not try to separate them. Though they are friendly with people, they will bite the stranger hand while in an aggressive mood!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    The farm has a high-speed fiber connection to the Internet. You can use all you want during the non-farming time.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week

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    OPTIONAL 100 Thai Baht (less than US$3) per day for food
Planting in the green house
If you need a volunteer certificate, please let me know.
At the local water spring
This is me raiding the hen house!
Taking a ride to get cow's manure
Standing around
Morning and afternoon eggs harvesting and packing
Having a meal together
Multiple uses for one item! Chicken feed on the compost and the insects that compost attracts. Farmer gets the compost after a few weeks. Perfect Permaculture method!

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