Hi, we are Pawan and Marloes and we aim to be an inspiration farm and research and learning center for local farmers, young farming entrepreneurs and farming enthusiasts from all around the world. We are an organic permaculture farm and want to showcase that tourism combined with innovative organic farming can be a viable entrepreneurship alternative for local farmers around here, who otherwise are rapidly migrating to cities. For ourselves, our guests and volunteers we want to become almost completely self-sufficient at some day. But besides this, we experiment with different "new" crops in this region, like herbs and fruits to assess the viability of growing these crops in this region. We have already plated a large field of blooming lavender and rosemary. To be able to host people we are slowly building sustainable earthen building and cottages and would like to do this with the help of volunteers.
From half March onwards, we are hosting volunteers again after quite a long time and we are super excited! We have space for 4 people. We will be working on finishing the current building projects (dome kitchen, compost toilet, water tank) and will at the same time do a bit of gardening work to be able to feed ourselves with homegrown vegetables as much as possible. To finish the building we will need to do plastering work, wood work, plumbing and electricity work etc. We prefer people with skills in construction and it would be good to mention this in your message, but unskilled but hard-working and enthusiastic people are also welcome. You will share the room with 3 others and will have to cook most of the meals yourself together with the other volunteers in a common kitchen space. We do provide you with all the food items that you need. We do not yet have a proper toilet/shower area ready, as we will be finishing this together with you when you are here. For the time being, we improvise with tents etc. and manage very well for the last 2-3 years of staying here ourselves. We would like you to stay a minimum of two weeks, but preferably longer!
Pawan has an engineering and environmental management background and whatever he has learnt about farming is through volunteering in various farms across Europe and Asia. Pawan: "Since my childhood I dream to be a farmer and to start something like this and I feel really lucky to find this beautiful place to start. We practice permaculture and indigenous Indian natural farming practices and going towards being self sustainable."
Marloes is originally from the Netherlands and currently a PhD student at IIT Roorkee. She stays mostly at the farm for her research. She has a background in civil engineering and takes charge of the eco-construction taking place at the farm. Marloes: "Living a self (of community)-sufficient life and sharing this life and the knowledge we gained is my absolute dream. Living remote, peaceful and with nature."
As a volunteer you get to explore the untouched Himalayan villages and get involved with the community.
If you are interested in doing some trekking nad exploring around , there is a mountain called Nag Tibba (approx 3000 metres ASL.) close by and lots of beautiful villages around.
Aide avec des éco-projets
Bricolage et projets de construction
S’occuper des animaux
Aide dans une ferme
Aide à la maison
Accueil / tourisme
Farm is located in rural part of Himalayan Uttarakhand. Place is totally untouched and away from road connectivity so you will find rural authenticity and a lovely community around. Experience joy of giving and serving the community around and be part of various festivals in regions around. There are lots of local Himalayan village festivals, gatherings, marriages which we are invited so you can join us for those events.
Help related to taking care of trees, sowing, weeding and transplanting. Building of earthen eco houses and general maintenance of farm.
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Accommodation is in traditional stone and mud house. We have 1 room for volunteers and lots of camping area and a small kitchen around. We mostly collect firewood from jungle around and use it for cooking. The place is organic by default so all the local food will be organic. However, at the moment we do still rely on produce from the market. We do have a few 2 person tent and some spare sleeping bag if you need.
Plenty of opportunities to hike and trek around with beautiful forests and with view of snow capped Himalayas. We are at an altitude of 2100 meters so the weather is lovely here.
To reach farm you need to catch a bus from Dehradun railway station which will drop you at Damta. We can pick you up from there, the village is further 16km from Damta and to reach farm you need to hike for 4kms (approx 1.5 hrs). If you feel comfortable to reach the village on your own, that would of course be very nice! And if you are an experienced trekker, we can send you the trekking route and you can hike up on your own (the path is easy but steep). This saves us a day worth of time. If you are not comfortable, no worries, we will pick you up or arrange a pickup from Damta.
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Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
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Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 6 days a week
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