Sita Maia ecofarm

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Chitwan District, India via
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Looking for an opportunity to live with a family and work on an ecological farm during your stay in Nepal? Consider spending time with us at our Farm.

Our farm is located in Gangangar, a village in Chitwan District in the Terai region of Nepal. It is 150 km from Kathmandu and just a kilometer away from "Chitwan National Park". It is dedicated to the goddess "Sitamai", who is widely revered by the "Tharu People", indigenous people of Chitwan. 

The Tharu people themselves say that they are a people of the forest. In Chitwan, they have lived in the forests for hundreds of years practicing a short fallow shifting cultivation. They planted rice, mustard, corn and lentils, but also collected forest products such as wild fruits, vegetables, medicinal plants and materials to build their houses; hunted deer, rabbit and wild boar, and went fishing in the rivers and oxbow lakes.

We respect these indigenous people and commit to sustainability, permaculture, and living on the land in a way that builds long-lasting connections in the village and around the world.

We are working towards developing a model ecological and organic farm and promoting it later as a resource and training center for the betterment of the local communities. 

Staying on our farm, you will have opportunities to learn more about ecological and organic farming practices and methods, experience rural Nepali lifestyles, exploring the culture of Tharu People, practice Nepali and so on. We provide lively conversation, lots of laughter, and wholesome farm cuisine.WorkVolunteers participate in the seasonal and daily rounds of the farm and household and can also engage in community projects. Here are some possibilities:

Ecological & Organic Farming. Milk buffaloes, land preparation, vegetables and crops plantation, weeding, making composts, watering, help design a new project. We welcome guests to participate at all levels. In return, you’ll learn about integrating animal husbandry with crops, growing food in forest farms, organic pest control, and the crops appropriate to various seasons in this semi-tropical region.

Construction Project: You can assist the family to construct ecologically designed gazebo, hut with using all local products like bamboo, straw, hay and mud. 

Food Processing. Growing food is only part of the job. Next comes all the work that gets that food to the table. In Nepal, that work is often done by women, but in our home, men are encouraged to join in too. Churn butter, grind turmeric and specialty flours, prepare spicy chutneys, and learn how to make homestyle Nepali dal bhat.

Teaching English. If you are interested, you can also teach English or any other subjects to the village children. In return, you can enjoy the smiles and laughter of the children.

Community Projects. For those with the initiative, there are opportunities to get involved with various community groups. For instance, a local women’s group wishes to set up a library. Padam and family wish to build a network to encourage other farmers in the area to move to organic farming.Languages spokenEnglish, Nepali, HindiAccommodationWe have specially designed thatched-roof cottage for the volunteers, located within the garden, with four separate room. We provide each volunteer individual room. Toilet is attached with this cottage and bathroom is just in front of it. Volunteers are expected to live as a member of the family. We offer typical Nepali cuisines, mostly dal, bhat, tarkaari & achar. Milk products are also often available.

Language practise, Charity work, Animal care, Help in the house, Help with Eco project, Farming, General Maintenance, Cooking / shopping, Building, Gardening

Gangangar, Chitwan District, India

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