Join our community on an experimental farm in Kodaikanal, India



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    We live in a remote village called Nellavarai among beautiful (but invasive) eucalyptus forests and native magnificent sholai forests. We neighbour Karuna Farms and we are 14 kilometers away from Kodaikanal city.
    As the name suggest is an experiment house, its a ecological innovation lab where we test various ecological experiments in forestry,eco building,mycology and conduct various workshops on ecoliteracy and ecospritualism.

    We have a 3 acre fruit orchard here which grows bananas, jackfruit, peaches, plums, guavas, avocados, oranges, sitaphal, passion fruit,tree tomatoes and loads of native edible shrubs. It is a 20 year old orchard.We are in the process of integrating native forest trees to create a living food forest ecosystem. We also have a 3 acre experimental space where we plan to introduce a lot of native species of trees interspersed with fruit trees to help with soil and water conservation, bird and insect habitat, alongwith edible plants,herbs and veggies.

    We see ourselves as an ecology innovation lab where we are conducting various ecological experiments to mitigate local environmental issues while growing food organically, mimicking various processes of the forest.

    We are working to inspire and mobilise young ecologists and environmentally conscious youth to create more ecology innovation labs and work locally in their own regions to find solutions to their local environmental issues.

    We are also working with local farmers to help them shift from chemical, conventional farming to a more natural, less input intensive, no tilt agro forestry.

    We are also engaged in teaching mushroom cultivation to local farmers and amuter mycologists so that they could supplement their income. We are currently experimenting with Oysters,Shitakke,Reishi and lions mane.
    We also conduct various workshops for mushroom cultivation, natural building, agro ecology and Myco permaculture.

    We also enable various eco literacy workshops with school kids to deepen their understanding about the natural world and understand their role in ecology.

    We also conduct eco spiritual workshops to deepen our spiritual connection with the natural world. We are an active part of Big History Movement, under which we do the cosmic walk workshop; our collective big history from the Big bang to the present time.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This is a community involving a wide range of cultural and intellectual backgrounds. Visitors will learn how to live with nature in a mountainous environment and how to grow and sustain a large permaculture project.

  • Help


    We are a community based experimental farm and learning centre, utilising myco-remediation practices to strengthen forest ecology and inculcate permaculture and natural farming principles in our organic farming methods.

    While volunteering on the farm you will be fully engaged in outdoor active projects. Building and maintaining garden beds, pruning and working with fruit trees, and exercising your imaginitive mind creating new sustainable permaculture projects.

    Along with your daily activities, you will be responsible for your sleeping space, cooking, and kitchen duties. This is a community, requiring community living practices.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Hindi: Fluent
    Marathi: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    Please contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    There is multiple accommodation options available to volunteers. 3 volunteers can sleep in the farm house with attached kitchen and bathroom directly at the farming site.

    Space for 2 more volunteers is available at the main house 10 minutes away from the farm.

    Camping and tenting is always a comfortable option! we can accomodate 4-5 tents as well.

    We can provide 2 tents and sleeping bags with

    As far as the food is concerned, Basic vegetarian food ingredients will be provided on the farm. The cooking has to be handled by the volunteers if there are two or more volunteers on the farm.

    In case of a single volunteer on the farm, the food can be prepared by us together.

    The volunteers can give a list of local veggies, grains, spices etc needed on the farm and we shop from town once a week. We have quite some fruits and some veggies growing on the farm as well. that could be relished by the volunteers.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We at the farm are moderately isolated from the nearest towns and shopping conveniences. On your days off you are invited to take a trip to town, explore the local waterfalls and mountain treks, or relax and enjoy the peaceful solitude of the mountains.

    Volunteers should know that you will be living with the wild life in the area. This includes snakes and spiders.
    The weather can get a bit cold (8 - 15 C), we suggest that you bring a jacket and long pants (rainboots for working if your have them)

    It rains often so please prepare for this. Flashlights are also necessary.

    - Alcohol is not permitted on the farm according to land agreements with the local trust.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 462861636682