tiny farm friends
volunteering with tiny farm lab
We moved to rural pastures to live deliberately. To observe nature and learn from it. To rediscover our suppressed instincts, create something sacred and most true to life with our own hands. We want to enjoy each process and relish slow living in the mountains.
We are interested in creating a space to explore and nurture our human potential, be our authentic selves, have discourse on food (roti), clothing(kapda), shelter(makaan), experiment with new materials, express through art, and practice sustainability(imperfect).
Tiny Farm Lab is an open studio for the round pegs in the square holes.
We strive to surround ourselves with dreamers, DIYers, storytellers, architects, permaculturists, graphic designers, visual artists, photographers, filmmakers, natural builders, biologists, mycologists, bio designers, fashion designers, product designers, musicians, and alternate economists.
We envision it as an interdisciplinary nexus of art, design, visual media, science, and nature.
Our mission is to build tiny using natural materials and investigate alternate biomaterials with our living friends - Fungi, Bacteria, and Algae. Our focus lies more in the experiments than the results, bringing out newer perspectives.
Our tiny farm is nestled in the farmlands on a small hill near 10 kms from Rishikesh, at the confluence of river Ganges and its tributary river Heval. Our village, Dhunar Gaon, is situated adjacent to a serene forest with its wildlife. The building site overlooks the Ganges.
Tiny Cob House
We are building a tiny cob house (mud house) on a tiny site overlooking the Ganges using natural materials. Cob building is a very democratic and inclusive natural building technique. It is a great opportunity to learn natural building, passive solar design, experiment with different plastering techniques, dry stone walls, living roof, etc.
We are also experimenting with biomaterials and making products using mycelium(the vegetative part of mushroom), eggshells, Kombucha, orange peel powder, etc.
Volunteers could experiment with existing material recipes or formulate their own.
We could collaborate to create new products using the biomaterials.
Volunteers needed to help with social media content creation, vlogs,
and documenting processes.
New Media Art
We also experiment with combining various art forms such as physical/digital art with augmented reality. We would love to collaborate with you to create experimental new media artworks if you are an artist.
Volunteers with experience in the following would be a BIG BONUS!
Video content creation and editing
Social Media Management
3D software skills (Blender)
Design (Architecture, product, textile etc.)
A village 2 bedroom house with a living area with attached kitchen in the village. We live with Dadi(Granny) who has lived her life in this village. The village is a tiny village with only 6 houses and we see the villagers as our extended family.
We sleep on comfortable mattresses.
Volunteers will be sleeping in shared rooms on mattresses.
The toilet is Indian style with a separate bath and is 5 m from the house.