Volunteer with our farming community in Tamil Nadu, India



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  • Description


    Our Farm has been a cultivated land for around 14 years, and we, The Community, started out here in January 2011.
    We are a learning community. Our holistic approach embraces farming as the ground pillar - added arts, education, renewable energy, music, movement and healing. We enjoy common living, common working, common facilities and common activities.
    We work on 9,5 acres of beautiful land, divided between forest (2,85), fruit orchard (2,85), vegetable garden and grain fields (2,8) and housing (1).


    Our goal is to provide organic food for The International Township of Auroville (we are not part of the Auroville Foundation), which we are a part of.
    We cultivate a large variety of vegetables, among cucumbers, tomatoes, capsicum, different types of beans, pumpkin, radish, gourds, peanuts etc., and a large variety of indigenous grains such as red rice, varagu, Ragi and other local millets. In our organic orchard grows among others: guava, mango, banana, papaya, coconut, rosella, citrus and chicco.
    Our approach is to combine traditional farming in its most natural form with methods from permaculture, Masanobu Fukuoka´s natural farming and biodynamics.
    We work with nature, the whole farm is one ecosystem of fertile soil, healthy plants and useful insects.

    Food Processing:

    We create delicious fruit jams, using the fruits from our own organic orchard.
    We make peanut butter, pesto and pickles from eggplants, cucumbers, tomatoes.

    Renewable Energy:
    Our enthusiastic goal is to become independent from non-renewable energies.
    To achieve this, we will improve the efficiency of our energy consumption
    Our main project on renewable energy is 'Minvayu' – for the moment producing windturbines for Auroville. 'Min' is 'electricity' in Tamil, 'vayu' is 'wind' in Sanskrit - creating energy with the wind. More information is available at .

    In the community, everybody is involved in farm related work, and at the same time all have the chance to develop individual talents through workshops and projects.
    We have the following activities in the farm: Didgeridoo, Percussion, African Dance, Capoeira, AcroYoga, Thai-Yoga massage, Tango, Healing.
    We have different arrangements to bring people and new life to visit the farm. At the moment we have an afternoon/evening a week where we arrange a music jam, then dinner, then a chanting circle around the fire under the stars. Singing songs from around the world.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Art Projects
    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
  • Help


    Volunteers are fully integrated in all aspects of community life and activities.
    As an essential part of our community, volunteers provide help in the farm, fresh ideas and inspiration, and a cultural exchange. The sharing of knowledge and mutual inspiration enriches our life.
    You are welcome at any time to come and be a part of our project, to live and work together with us in awareness and respect for the environment.
    We offer a wide range of working possibilities:
    - farming, preparing compost, fruit orchard
    - construction (working with bamboo, welding, roof making etc)
    - making of windturbines
    - making of jams / pickles
    - cooking
    - we welcome artistic soules to put their mark by painting walls or similar, to help in the making of our webpage, to decorate etc.)

    Farming experience or any experience is very welcome but not necessary.
    There is also a possibility for offering workshops. We try to consider your individual needs and your personal aim.

    Our minimum stay is strictly 1-2 months depending of the season and circumstances of the farm.

  • Languages spoken

    Arabic: Fluent
    Danish: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Faroese: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent
    Tamil: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    The volunteer housing situation:
    Various environmental friendly buildings such as bamboo and kit constructions for approx. 15 volunteers. The dormitories are simple. We have outside showers and dry compost toilets.
    There is a community kitchen where we eat common lunch, where we often cook together and where you can cook your own meal.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our minimum stay is strictly 1-2 months depending of the season and circumstances of the farm.

  • 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

Host ref number: 927311313763