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.
Most vegetables are grown organically by the villagers.
We would be cooking together and eating with Dadi(Granny) most of the time.
We would love to explore different cuisines.
Is there a minimum duration of volunteering?
There is no minimum duration , however we recommend volunteers to stay with us for a minimum of 1 week since that would help us make it a meaningful exchange,
How much do I need to pay to volunteer?
We live in a rural remote village and the nearest markets are 10 km away.
The village does not have motorable road access and one has to trek to get utilities or on mules.
There is a Rs. 300/ a day to cover the cost of food and utilities.
The contribution goes towards buying food from the local farmers to support them and bringing in other groceries such as rice, grains/oils, not available in the village, from the Rishikesh town.
Kindly mention if you have any specific diet preferences.
Do you have internet/wifi?
We do not have a fiber or internet connection as such.
However, we have put up a booster to get 4G internet in one of the rooms.
Airtel network works best, although other networks work too.
In case there is no electricity, one can get good speed on cellular 4G at a spot near the house.
How do you source the drinking water?
Like all the villagers we source it from the tiny canal which brings the spring water from the stream into the farms adjacent to our house.
What can volunteers do during their free time?
- We often have movie nights where we watch good movies and documentaries on projector.
- Go to the Beach
- Trek to the village above
- Hike in the forests along the river
- Visit Rishikesh, The yoga capital of the world.
- Do rafting in the Ganges
- Visit the Beatles Ashram
- Go to the nearby villages and waterfalls
We are 10 kms away from Rishikesh and local taxis(shared and individual) are available to reach the place.
Please note that we coexist with nature and the area is prone to wild mammals, insects, and snakes so one needs to be careful and one is responsible for one’s own safety.