Volunteer at The Himalayan Farm Project in Village Raila, Nainital (Uttarakhand)
About the Himalayan Farm Project -
The Himalayan Farm Project is an attempt to demonstrate sustainable living in practice, to develop a way of growing food with a combination of ecological understanding and indigenous knowledge, and to bring people together for an exchange of ideas and practices that ensure sustainability and well-being.
See a video introduction to the farm here
About Volunteering with us -
We cannot stress enough the virtues of volunteering and how much your life will be transformed. There is just so much joy in giving and even more when it is contributing to a great cause. Having volunteers join our project is a blessing and we are more than ready to make great use of your talents and energy. For those of you who combine passions of travelling and farming, we welcome you on the farm for volunteering with our on-farm activities. Since the foundation of the farm, over 350 volunteers have come to join us.
Requirements from the applicants -
- Willingness to work on the communal good of this project
- Pledge to work towards the idea and practice of communal living
- Purchase of individual travel insurance (HFP will not be held liable)
Note - No prior farming experience necessary
Duration of stay - Minimum of 16 days (2 days for arrival and departure, 14 days of farm life)
Due to the overwhelming interest in the farm and to help us plan we can only take volunteers who are willing to commit to this time frame.
We are actively searching for special souls who are willing to come and stay for a long duration between 3 – 6 months.
A farm/educational center needs a strong team of determined spirits as to foster the work and channel the flow of people: short term volunteers, visitors, students. Staying for a long time will give a chance to people to understand at a deep level what is ‘living simply’ and ‘community living’ on an active farm.
How much it will cost you -
We have collectively volunteered to contribute as follows:
Farm tour, visit and demonstration with one meal(half day) - Rs 500
Volunteering up to 1 - 4 night per person - Rs 1000
5 - 14 night per person - Rs 500
15 days - 6 months per person - Rs 350
More than 6 months per night per person - Rs 200 (first 6 months will be charged at Rs 350)
This contribution aims to help the newly created farm as it is not yet self-sufficient. You will have to cover your own transportation expenses (all the way to the farm). Once with us, there will be no reason to spend money unless you feel like heading down for a few drinks or different food.
The food is fresh, healthy, healing, plentiful, vegetarian and home-made.
When can you come -
You are welcome any time of the year. Mid June to Mid September is monsoon season. Though very useful for farm work, for plantation of tree saplings and growing, one may find themselves being indoors for a couple of days in a row. But this is such your presence at this time of the year would be so beneficial to the continuity and development.
How to reach the farm -
Check out the details here on how to reach the Himalayan Farm.
Number of volunteers on the farm -
We have space for 12 volunteers in an over 100 year old traditional goat house. We all sleep in one room on mattresses on a mud plastered floor. 4 spots are always reserved for long term volunteers. In addition we have a few long-term volunteers and steward to guide the farm activities and keeping the vision, along with Anand Ji and Mohan from the local village to give us a helping hand. Volunteers with their tent/ camping gear are welcome and will enjoy more privacy and camping amidst the lap of nature.
What you need to bring -
Because we want to make your stay with us easier and more wonderful, here is a list of items you might want to bring:
- Passport photocopy (for non-Indians)
- Head-lamp (although we have solar lights, it is always useful to have your own source of light – for night toilet, reading etc. PS: Don’t forget extra batteries.)
- Sleeping bag (we will provide you with a bed, bedsheets, and a light blanket, but you might feel more comfortable in your good old sleeping bag)
- Books (we have a growing library and you could contribute by leaving your read books)
- Tent (if you have one, awesome! There are many beautiful spots to pitch your tent should you want more privacy or isolation)
- Hiking shoes (remember, it’s a 50-minute hike up the mountains! Besides, we will venture in the woods and other rocky places)
- Flip-flops/slippers (you probably don’t want to wear your shoes all day!)
- Jacket/sweater (it can get a little chilly at night)
- Raincoats (for the monsoon period)
- Your personal prescription (it might be difficult to get it here)
- Feminine hygiene products (In any case, these products are available in the valley. We would actually love for you to discover the Diva Cup, a revolutionary and green tool)
- Sunscreen (yup, it gets hot and sunny during the day and we want to make sure you don’t burn!)
- Mosquito repellent (although we do not have many mosquitoes, they sometimes pay us an evening visit)
- Board games (we love to play chess, checkers and cards together)
- Musical instrument (we love to jam at night and we would love to hear and learn your talent)
- Camera (you are not going to believe your eyes how beautiful it is up there. Plus, you will have plenty of time to explore the hills filled with curious insects, plants and flowers.)
What previous volunteers have to say about us -
Read other important information here
How to apply - Fill in the application form