Raising a sustainable micro Organic farm, using rapidly disappearing eco friendly farming methods and local living to
then use this as a model approach to farming and life to propagate other farmers adopt this. To help them understand that this nature friendly methods are feasible and sustainable.
Ever since we started in 2014, by collecting cow dung manure found in public areas around the village we have had a great journey with successful micro harvests of endemic rice, vegetables, fruits, spices, arecanuts, turmeric and ginger and beekeeping. Plan is to soon grow sugarcane and start our own jaggery making unit using ancient local techniques.
We have added, few local breed of cows, as live stock and the plan is to have goats/ chicken and rabbits soon.
The farm is located in Agumbe ( a small town in Western ghats), often called the Cherrapunji of southern India, for the maximum rainfall it receives. In the heart of a dense biodiverse forest, we have 2.5 acre fields on the banks of a rivulet where farming happens, and about an acre of areca plantations adjacent to dense wild forest land.
Non farming oppurtunities:
Alternate construction methods to build structures around the place.
We have been filming the whole process of creating this organic farm from grass roots, to make it as a documentary for screening in schools/agriculture colleges. People interested in supporting camera work/ editing or tech support.would be of help.
Artist residency for musicians/ writers/ film makers.
Research and cultivation of endemic medicinal plants.
A kitchen to be set up with ancient cooking methods.
Sthalaa was conceived by three artists, coming from various backgrounds, bound together by our passion for ancient, back to roots, way of life around the core- farming.
Jassim , a musician, has been on the forefront driving this and living it for the last five years.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Apart from being part of the tribe in building and propagating organic farming, and sustainable living, one can learn/enjoy local cuisines, quite lifestyle, and experience raw nature.
Agumbe, being in the heart of western ghats, a thick forest land known for its biodiversity, and the land of snakes, it has been named as a UNESCO heritage site, allows one to explore and have various types of experiences.
Lots of places of tourist interest and many virgin spots to explore.
Kundadri Hill - a monolithic rock housing a 3000 year old Jain temple, is juts about 10 miles away.
Houses which are 300 years old, alive, and have been made famous by few television series, is less than 5 kms away.
Known for its highest rainfall history, it is scenic through out the year, with varied landscapes, and dotted with various spots for sunset viewing.
Lots of virgin spots inside the forests suitable for trekking with wildlife and leeches for company.
few water falls, some well known and others virgin inside the deep forests, worth exploring.
King Cobra research centre close by.
Sakkarebail, an elephant camp is about 2 hours by public transport.
Mandgadde bird sanctuary, home for migratory birds from Siberia amongst others, is again 2 hours by bus.
Sringeri Mutt, an ancient temple and also a historical site - is 30 kms away from our farm.
The famous Jog Falls - the highest water fall in India and the Tavare Koppa tiger reserve is 2.5 hour drive away.
Also near by within few miles we have old ancient historical forts.
Daily Farming activities - ranges from maintaining fences, land preparation, irrigation, planting, cultivation and travelling to other farms to source seeds and saplings.
Harvest and processing of seasonal crops which involves boiling and sun drying of the yield.
Feeding and grazing the live stock
We welcome help on setting up eco friendly, endemic shelters for volunteers and guests.
Building slurry tank, irrigation channel, composting, liquid manuring.
English, Kannada, Hindi, Tulu
The accommodation would be tents. Either in the fields, or in the estate close to the forest reserve.
Volunteers are free to buy their food from where-ever they wish.
Simple local cuisine home made south Indian vegetarian meal which is our staple food shall be made available to the volunteers.
We could host children and pets.
Languages spoken : English, Hindi, Kannada and Tulu.
Apart from sightseeing and trekking, time off can be spent with books and musical instruments to keep oneself busy. Or just chill by the stream.
We could have occasional campfire cooking and music and sky gazing.
We also encourage volunteers to take up cooking and cleaning as part of daily farm activities.
Transportation to our farm is mainly by Public transport.
Closest Railway stations are Udupi and Shimoga.
Frequent buses from Mangalore/ Udupi/ Manipal and Shimoga and Bangalore.
Ideally, we would like our volunteer guests to be respectful of the culture and customs followed here.
In line with our conscious living efforts, we will not allow alcohol consumption and smoking, loud music or noise during your stay with us.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Minimum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week