Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Organic Farms in and around Bangalore to Volunteer or Intern

Those who like to spend weekends volunteering for farmers and who like to learn organic farming to setup their own farm, Here are the few farms where you can volunteer and learn organic farming in and around bangalore.

Annadana soil and seed savers network

Annadana is actively engaged in empowering and safeguarding the interest of marginal farmers & society by promoting sustainable organic farming.You will be training hands on with our master teachers and lend support in all areas of our operation be it from management to technical but under guidance. Please note: we are not funded by any government nor any private organisation as we sustain our efforts on the merit of our time tested knowledge acquired over 14 years. Most of our interns, volunteers & wwoofers are self funded. Since we are based in a metro it is quite expensive, your contribution will go towards empowering more farmers to join in to revive the dying skill in seed conservation

Vanashree farms - Marasarahalli
Organically nurtured since 2005, this 8 acre farm, only 50km outside Bangalore, was started by IT professional-turned-farmer Srikanth. As with most institutions that strive to be self-sufficient, their dependency on the grid is minimal, with solar-based lighting and gobar gas fuel for cooking. Cows, ducks and chickens are reared on property. On the farm, you can learn all about organic and natural farming by actually getting your hands dirty. Plus, pick up tips on tree and plant identification before bird watching for some relaxation.

Sukrushi farm-Nelamangala

An eco-resort and organic farm, this once barren land has grown lush in the last 15 years. If you want to volunteer long term, then accommodation is free but you are part of the crew and will have to work full time on the farm. There are other options too, and usually, owner Jayram sees several willing helpers every week coming down to get their hands dirty and reconnect with the soil. Produce is delivered to their own restaurant/hotel ensuring locally-sourced, quality product. The eco-resort also supports the village community via responsibly maintained tourism.

Navadharshan-Thally road, Hosur
Bordering the Thally reserve forest, this farm only encourages serious volunteers, not the average tourist. Partap Aggarwal, one of the founders, even brought out the Indian edition of the Fukuoka manual ‘One Straw Revolution’. Dependent purely on solar power, their eco-friendly lodging isn’t too extensive and food is basic vegetarian.  You can choose to help out in a number of different things like eco-restoration or organic farming. With the trust formed way back in 1990, you can be assured of picking up some effective techniques and processes.

Hamsah Organic farm - Sarjapur road

A slice of rural life well within city limits, this 5 acre farm run by John Fennessy, is an avid spot for a weekend volunteering stint. Get to use a tiller, walk some cows and cook some kale bajjis! Make sure you attend the seasonal mango harvest. There are constantly new things being sown, grown and reaped over here, making it a lively and interactive space to truly regain your lost roots. Visitors can also head down on weekends to pick up an assortment of interesting produce they have growing there, from zucchini and lettuce, to fresh rosemary and passion fruit!

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sustainable permaculture
A non-profit entity registered in 2011 and currently overseen by Malvikaa Solanki,  the farm encourages permaculture techniques and sustainable concepts such as ‘eat your yard’, a Texan initiative on edible landscaping. It is located almost at the borders of 3 states –Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerela. A minimum stay of 2 weeks is necessary to understand the vibes of the area, and basic food comes at a nominal cost of Rs. 250/day in order to cover grocery, cooking, and other farm expenses. They also have a project called Rangaayana, en effort to revive music, dance and folk traditions. situated at Yelachatti Village, Hangala Hobli, Mangala Village road, Gundlupet Taluk, Karnataka 571111. INDIA

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