Learn sustainable agricultural practices & physical literacy on an organic farm in Karnataka, India

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  • Last activity: 22 Mar 2023



 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks



  • Description



    Our family farm has been handed down by over six generations — 300+ years! — and is certified organic since 1993.
    It is cultivated on a 50-acre property, 70% of which is made up of a lush natural forest that we maintain without interference.

    The main crops we harvest are cacao, areca nut, nutmeg, rice, coconut and pepper — as well as a variety of delicious exotic fruits and vegetables. Water harvesting projects help irrigate our farmland and conserve water. In the research centre created by my grandfather, we identify and grow microorganisms that support our organic farming practices and conduct plant research.

    Grafting, composting, manuring, rainwater harvesting, and crop rotation are some of the tasks we can always use additional hands for.

    Along with farming, we are passionate about all things WATER. We have built multiple ponds and pools on our property, primarily for rainwater harvesting but they offer fun water activities like standup paddleboarding, diving, waterlining and zip lining.

    We are also into Swim Training, Surfing, Surf Life Saving, and Adventure Sports. Drowning is endemic to India, causing the death of nearly 100,000 people each year — only Aquatic Education can change this! Each year we do our part by running swimming summer and winter camps, and training people on CPR.

    Do you want to understand how to grow the food you eat? Are you itching to get out of the city and reconnect with nature? Does the geek inside you get excited about effective microorganisms and fermentation? Do you want to experience a thriving self-sustaining eco-friendly organic farm in action and help it flourish even more?

    We try to imbibe ideas of regeneration, sustainability, self-reliance and environmental stability into the things we do. Do you believe in climate change? Do you want to know what changes you can make, as an individual, to help? Look no further.

    Our mission is to spread the seed of organic farming and community living to anyone keen to learn and be hands-on — and have mad fun in the process. If this rings true, we are excited to hear from you!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • 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

    Volunteers who decide to join us at the farm will be learning a lot about organic farming practices, eco-friendly farming methods & experience authentic Indian village life. There will be interactions between volunteers and the locals on a daily basis. They will be able to witness a huge part of Hindu culture and festivals.

    You have the added opportunity of exploring your physical literacy, improving your swimming, and learning important lifesaving skills here, courtesy Coach Partha. We love meeting new people, exchanging cultures and ideas, and hanging out at the pond together.

    An added benefit would also be that volunteers will get to eat scrumptious organic farm-fresh food everyday :)

  • Help


    Volunteers who are selected to work on our organic farm will learn an excellent combination of traditional permaculture and modern farming practices, understand the importance of eco-friendly and organic farming methods, rainwater harvesting and live as a part of a rural village community. Volunteers get to explore different aspects of the farming calendar through the year – harvesting, planting, manuring, weeding – you name it.

    The work is usually six hours a day, five days a week and alternate Saturdays. The jobs you have are seasonal and include helping us in our office or manure facility, grafting, composting and potting. We also require help with marketing and sales of our organic produce. We do have the occasional fun project such as farmers' markets, maintenance of our irrigation tanks or treehouses, and we do take note of your interests and skills when assigning tasks!

    Your workday looks like this:

    8AM: Breakfast at the main house

    9AM-4PM: Work at assigned workstation

    10AM-11AM: Break for tea, snack (provided)

    1PM-2PM: Break for lunch (provided)

    2pm to 4pm: work
    4pm to 7pm free time to explore Organic farm and village
    7PM: Dinner (provided)

    Time before 9AM and after 4PM is yours to explore our farm, have fun, hang out with the farm community, or catch up on individual work.

    As long as you are respectful of the culture, guidelines, wildlife and premises, we have an easy relationship with the volunteers here at the farm. You have the added opportunity of exploring your physical literacy, improving your swimming, and learning important lifesaving skills here, courtesy Coach Partha. We love meeting new people, exchanging cultures and ideas, and hanging out at the pond together. Do contact us for more information.

    We are also closely located to beautiful and scenic places like Coorg, Hampi, Udupi, Gokarna, Kerala and many more which are just a few hours/an overnight bus ride away from the farm. People who would like to surf are spoilt for choice of spots in Mangalore, Udupi, Goa and Kerala.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Hindi: Fluent
    Kannada: Fluent
    Malayalam: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    On average, we host 10-15 volunteers every month. To accommodate you, we have four volunteer homes that you will share with the other volunteers. True to our idea of community living, you will stay in shared accommodation with common living spaces. Three fresh and home-cooked meals are served every day. All food is strictly vegetarian and seasonal, based on what is grown at the farm.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The farm is also located in the foothills of the western ghats, hence, volunteers will find it easy to travel to Bangalore, Kerala, Mangalore, Coorg and other beautiful places.

  • 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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 518875272681

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