From spring to fall, in exchange for providing help out in our garden and with various outdoor and indoor projects, we offer practical hands-on training in compost and compost "tea" production - and an opportunity to learn about traditional Vedic practices that help improve soil fertility and produce healthy and resilient plants.
Who are we? - a small, independent non-profit organization based on Vancouver Island, on the south coast of British Columbia. We've been bringing together enthusiastic people from Canada and northeast India to share information about traditional and organic farming practices for almost 20 years.
During the winter months, our coordinator and members work on-the-ground in Assam. We also help people interested in offering their own knowledge and skills to connect with organic farmers and tea growers in Assam.
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
Help with Computers/ Internet
Here in the Comox Valley, there are bi-weekly farmers markets, regular performances of live music, arts festivals and many other cultural events. The I-Hos Gallery, an initiative of the K'ómoks First Nation, is open to the public and has on display a collection of masks, prints, jewelry and wood carvings from over 50 talented First Nation artists. The K'ómoks First Nation also runs a camp ground and hosts special events throughout the year.
We have lots of interesting stories and photos to share that highlight the areas, cultures and people we work with in India - and we can help you make connections with organic farms, tea gardens, NGO's and other kindred spirits in Assam. We're particularly interested in introducing people from the Indian diaspora to some of the "movers and shakers" in the northeast!
This year in our garden in the Comox Valley we'll be rebuilding a greenhouse, repairing raised beds, making modifications to the irrigation system, placing wood chips in pathways, transplanting raspberries, edging a watercourse, weeding and of course - making compost! That's one of our passions!
Renovations to a cabin and the main house on the land are ongoing, and include interior and exterior painting and installing ceramic tiles in the kitchen.
We'd also like to continue formatting and uploading resource materials in both English and Assamese languages to websites that will increase access to films, handouts and information about sustainable farming practices.
Comfortable, quiet accommodation is available. You'll have access to a kitchen, shower, laundry, an outside patio and internet. And depending on timing, a fully-furnished self-contained cabin on the land may be available.
There's no smoking or drug use permitted on the land. We expect people to take quiet time on their own each day, and also enjoy being able to share meals, music and discussion.
We source as much of our food as possible locally - and most is organic. Guests are expected to be involved in planning and preparation of good, nutritious meals, and also to help keep the kitchen, dining and living areas clean and tidy.
The Comox Valley is located on the east side of Vancouver Island - about a 5 hour journey from the city of Vancouver (including a 1 3/4 hour long ferry ride!). There are several nearby islands also accessible by ferry, and lots of walking, bike-riding and hiking trails.
We're a 5 minute walk from the beautiful Tsolum River where you can cool off in the summer and watch the spawning salmon in the fall - and a 40 minute drive from Mount Washington, Strathcona Park and Paradise Meadows which provide a number of outdoor recreational opportunities.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week