We are a German couple, 55 (me) and 63 (Michael) years old - but much younger at heart! We have two sons, aged 20 and 23 who are not with us.
After having worked for four years for a multinational in India and then losing the job in 2017, my husband and I decided to return to India and have a totally different second career. This involves building up a farm and for also doing some coaching and personal development work.
We are afforesting a large piece of land land outside of Pune in Maharasthra with the ultimate aim to produce dairy products. We are at very early stages, applying permaculture principles where possible and are looking for like-minded people to join us. We have planted 15k saplings this monsoon season based on a mix of Ernst Götsch's Syntropic Agriculture teachings and the Miyawaki afforestation method.
We are very open-minded and love having guests. We also have a place in Pune and commute between there and the farm so that there is always the opportunity to enjoy some city life besides the village/farm life. On the farm, we have 8 dogs and a team of local people working with us but are grateful for any support in applying and teaching permaculture principles. Permaculture is a conscious choice, but not a religion for us, so do not expect us to be 100% according to the book but rather pragmatic. Teaching our farm staff is major part of our daily interactions, starting with waste separation, keeping organic matter on the land, etc...
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The farm is in a small village roughly 1 hour drive outside of Pune. It is pure rural India with all its pros and cons.
There will be ample interaction with local people, eating their food, understanding their practices. There are only a few who speak very broken English but you may even learn some words of Mahrathi.
Since the farm is still very early stages, there is plenty of room for creativity and participating in the shaping of it all.
We are currently looking for someone to spend around 2 to 3 months working with our pack of 8 dogs (4 male / 4 female, all sterilized). We are too busy ourselves to focus on training the dogs.
Seven of them were born end of Feb 2019 and they are a lively and friendly bunch but not trained. What we would like to achieve is that they obey to a recall - not more than that. They do not have to do the usual sit, platz, etc. but they need to come based on a signal.
They live free during daytime - are allowed to roam etc. But since there are 8 of them, they can come across as quite threatening to anyone who does not know them. We would welcome a person who has worked with dogs and would like to have the experience of helping with a free pack.
Help would involve including varying people - my husband, me and potentially 2 or 3 of our staff members. Since this work is unlikely to be day-filling there is always the chance to join the general work on the farm.
On the farm, in a container house, amenities still emerging. Very basic. To bring a tent is possible.
Food will be prepared by local women and is Indian vegetarian with a few exceptions, cooked mainly from vegetables and crops available nearby, so nothing processed or extraordinary. Most locals will have chicken or mutton on special occasions. Food is not vegan and to provide vegan food over a longer period complicated due to language barrier and difficulty to shop accordingly. Breakfast, lunch and supper will be provided.
A small shop is available in the village but does not get you much other than cookies or chips or a soft drink. In Pune, any kind of food is available (during week-end trips e.g.).
There is the opportunity to stay with us in our flat in the city - provided we get along :-), because it is rather small.
Transportation to Pune is available at least 3 days a week through us. There are also buses. There is not much to do in the vicinity of the farm, you will have to be quite self-sufficient and interested to observe nature and interact with the locals or us. Weekdays including Saturday are very busy days on the farm, Sunday is quiet. Network coverage is patchy.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week