“Wonderful wonderful wonderful. Hidden paradise. Treat yourself to the tranquility of the forest as well as the adventure of diving boards, zip line, and slack line! The food is fresh and cooked with lots of love!”
Were you a mermaid in your past life? Does the geek inside you get excited about effective microorganisms and fermentation? Do you want to experience a thriving self-sustaining eco-friendly organic farm in action and help it flourish even more? Are you a fan of delicious, home-cooked Indian food?
Volunteers who decide to join us at the farm will be learning a lot about organic farming practices, eco-friendly farming methods & experience authentic Indian village life. There will be interactions between volunteers and the locals on a daily basis. They will be able to witness a huge part of Hindu culture and festivals.
We are also located very close to beautiful and scenic places like Coorg, Hampi, Udupi, Gokarna, Kerala, etc. which are just a few hours/an overnight bus ride away from the farm. People who would like to surf are spoilt for choice of spots in Mangalore, Udupi, Goa and Kerala.
“This experience was one of our favorite exchanges and we wish we could have stayed longer! The farms are well established and spending time here, we got to learn from experts who have a wealth of knowledge on organic farming and microbiology.”
“If you are a person who loves quite long walks you will appreciate the ordered loveliness of its cultivated farms, full of sweet smells and tinkling streams, all sheltered from the outside world by robust trees. Varanashi Organic Farms is also place for adventure and water sports.”
Most of the year, we’ll have anywhere between two and ten (+) volunteers staying with us. To accomodate you, we have a dormitory with bunk beds & a volunteer home for your stay. Three fresh and home-cooked meals are served at the main house and/or at the food court. All food is strictly vegetarian and seasonal, based on what is grown at the farm.
The work is usually around five hours a day, five days a week (weekends are off). Grafting, composting, rainwater harvesting, and crop rotation are some of the tasks we can always use additional hands for. But we are more than happy to take your interests and skills into account when assigning tasks!
As long as you are respectful of the culture, wildlife and premises, things are not very formal and strict with the volunteers here at the farm. We love meeting new people, cultural exchange, and hanging out at the pond together.
We host volunteers year-round. Most short- or medium-term volunteers (generally a minimum of two weeks) come to us through word-of-mouth or Workaway. We also have a partnership with FSL India, an organization that connects us with highly motivated volunteers, who immerse themselves into the Varanashi lifestyle for up to a year.
Our mission is to spread the seed of organic farming and community living to anyone keen to learn and be hands-on — and have mad fun in the process. If this rings true, we are excited to hear from you!