GET INVOLVED!

The journey of a thousand miles start with a single step.

Take your first step today! Come, join us!

In our efforts to realize the dream of setting up a learning center, we welcome teachers, farmers, students, institutions, travellers, designers, artists, builders and anybody who can help us with their skills, knowledge, time, commitment or advice. Please see below the different ways in which you can get involved with our activities:

Schools and Colleges: We welcome students for our educational programmes during their vacations and breaks. Based on the age group, and preferred language (Hindi or English), we can offer different modules on different themes. Courses will be conducted by educators specially invited for the course duration and/or our in-house team, depending on the course theme and preferences of the participating school or college. Here’s a small sample of potential courses we offer:

  • Forest Walks- Exploring the forest, Locating the sources of streams, appreciating plant biodiversity, animal life.
  • Less is More- What are the alternatives to consumerism? Students experience living on the farm site with energy 500W/day, cooking meals from garden vegetables, and learn to manage waste.
  • Know your farmers- Students get to visit nearby villages and meet farmers and families and get a first-hand insight into the life, challenges and practices of small-holdings subsistence farmers in the hills.
  • From Seed to Plate- Students sow seeds, make garden beds, make compost, cook their meals and appreciate the life processes and societal processes involved in growing food.

We also invite students to experience living and working on the farm, or to volunteer or intern with us in the many projects we are undertaking. See Seasonal Farm Activities and Upcoming Projects.

Farmers and Farmer’s Groups: We invite organic farmers and people working with farmer’s groups to share their ideas, experiences and knowledge. This can be done informally with our team, or we would also be happy to host a seminar/demonstration to bring together people with similar interests. We would like to learn and share more about different ways of composting, making bio-fertilizers and ecological methods of pest-control. We also want to document indigenous knowledge relating to farming systems.  We are also happy to share and exchange seeds from our seed bank of indigenous seeds from the hills.

Permaculture Teachers and Practitioners: We are keen on hosting Permaculture Design Courses for a group of 15-20 students. You can use our community space for theory and have practical on-site demonstrations in our fields, and spread the word of Uncle Bill!

Universities and Researchers: We are willing to offer our space to students and researchers who would like to help us in developing low-energy, practical, appropriate technology: from mechanical devices for threshing and processing harvest (specifically in the context of hill farming), to designing low-input induction cookers. We are also willing to offer our space for conducting awareness camps in an informal setting on biodiversity, food policy issues, human-wildlife conflict and similar themes.

Travellers and WOOFers: For those of you who combine passions of travelling and farming, we welcome you on the farm for volunteering with our on-farm activities. Please see our Seasonal Farm Activities for getting to know what our routine farm activites will be at different times of the year. We also welcome volunteers for specific projects under-way in setting up our learning center. Please see upcoming projects to get an idea of what we are upto in the coming months.

Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat: If you are a writer or an artist, and you are looking for a space of seclusion and contemplation to work, we can host you in our Retreat Program. We will find it particularly meaningful to host you if your work is based around food and farming, ecology, environment and Mother Earth.

Visiting the Farm: If you would you like to visit us, meet our team and would like a guided tour, and some fresh food, please note that we are open to visitors on weekends, when there are no courses running. Please write to us in advance and we will let you know.

 

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