Volunteer to Experience Farming The Organic Way: Opportunities for Internships, Learning and WOOFing at Solitude Farm and Café

We are happy to welcome anyone who is eager to volunteer to learn about natural farming and community building. Previous knowledge is great but not needed.

Here at Solitude we run several projects that all strive for the same end, – reconnecting people with the earth, their food and with each other.

Coming to Solitude is a unique educational experience and a different way of life. Do you have an abundance of creativity and vision along with an affection for this planet and all life on it? Are you enthusiastic about learning natural farming, want to live close to nature, eat local organic food and involve yourself in our community of diversity? – Then this is the place for you!

 

Educational Stay

Solitude Farm provides a space for learning for those serious about being immersed in working with the land. The foundation of all the activities we are doing is based in the permaculture and natural farming that takes place in the fields.

There are learning opportunities in:

  • Field work
  • Nursery work and seed saving
  • CSA basket service (Community Supported Agriculture)
  • Solitude Farm Cafe
  • Our small shop
  •  Coordination of learners
  • Event, Festival and Workshop Management
  • Relationship and Community building
  • Community school garden project
  • HR/People Management
  • Logistics (transporting goods/food/tools between sites)
  • Communications and Media

So, what will you do at Solitude Farm? Harvest, plant, mulch, nursery work, field preparation, CSA basked preparation, interact with the Auroville community, help in the Café, learn about local foods, permaculture, non-tillage experimentation, Fukuoka etc. Your experience and what you do at Solitude will depend on your curiosity and willingness to learn and take initiative.

Minimum stay is 2 weeks however please note that a short stay will not allow you to gain enough understanding of the project. You will get most out of your stay as a long-term learner (one month or more) or intern (6 months or one year).

If you are looking for a short-term learning opportunity, please email us and ask about our workshops.

 

We work from Monday to Saturday, from 8 am to approx. 5 pm. We ask for a financial contribution and we expect participants to be fully involved in farm activities. Please email us about the contribution (if you cannot afford the contribution, write to us anyway and we can discuss).

The contribution includes simple accommodation (in the dorm, hut or treehouse) and farm fresh organic vegan lunch all working days. There is a common area/hut with kitchen to hang out and make breakfast and dinner. The contribution also goes towards the basic maintenance and development of the farm (solar panels, water pump, roofs, huts, irrigation systems etc.), all things which are needed for us to be able to host you, offer this learning program, and to run the farm.

There are limited places without financial commitment for people who wish to make a longer commitment of 6 months or one year. Depending upon your commitment and the availability of resources, we will be in a position to offer you this. Please note, there is a trial period of at least one month that include the financial contribution.

 

How do I get to Solitude Farm?

Solitude Farm is located in Pondicherry, near Chennai, in Tamil Nadu, India. We are approx. 30 min drive from Pondicherry or just over 3-hour drive from Chennai. Solitude Farm is located in the Auroville area near Visitor Centre.

Is there something special I should bring?

Appropriate clothes, shoes, hats/caps to live and work on the farm, Torch light, Sanitary products as needed and other basic stuff. A sleeping bag is good in the season between October to end of March when it’s chillier in the nights (we provide blankets but personal things are sometimes preferred).
A rain coat and foot wear for mud if you stay during the rainy season (October to end of December)
Enthusiasm in bucket loads!!

 

Is there internet?

Sorry, no. But mobile internet is very affordable, or you might share acess with other volunteers.

 

Is it a place for me?

Are ready to dive into a different experience and way of life? A hands-on vision of social agriculture,
that demands creativity, hard work, dynamism and enthusiasm. Would you like to live close to
nature in a community with people from diverse cultures and eat local organic food that you may
harvest yourself from the field? – Then YES!

 

Can I come and visit to check out the place?

Of course! You are welcome to drop by between 9 am and 4 pm Monday to Saturdays, or for the weekly guided tour of the farm conducted by Krishna along with an introduction to the Solitude farming model, on Saturdays 11.30 am.

 

How to apply to stay as a farm learner or intern at Solitude Farm?

Please send an introductory letter about:
Yourself, your interests and your experience
Why you would like to come and learn at Solitude Farm
What you hope to get out of your experience at Solitude Farm
Between what dates you would like to stay at Solitude, approx. start and end date
If there is anything specific you believe is good for us to know about you
We would also like to know, have you been to Auroville before?

 

Email: krishnamckenzie@auroville.org.in

Looking forward hearing from you!

 

Permaculture page

Workshops page