Urban spaces are becoming more confined. And with our regular 9 to 5 jobs, it’s not too much to expect that we go all out on the weekends. We splurge on some good food, entertainment and shopping. However, taking a week off, a month off, or even just the weekend, you could make some serious progress learning about farming and sustainable living. Whether you want to learn how to make a nursery, rear cows, till the fields or plant millets, these spaces around Bangalore will totally help you out.


Organically nurtured since 2005, this 8 acre farm, only 50km outside Bangalore, was started by IT professional-turned-farmer Srikanth. As with most institutions that strive to be self-sufficient, their dependency on the grid is minimal, with solar-based lighting and gobar gas fuel for cooking. Cows, ducks and chickens are reared on property. On the farm, you can learn all about organic and natural farming by actually getting your hands dirty. Plus, pick up tips on tree and plant identification before bird watching for some relaxation.

Where: Marasarahalli

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the green path at nelamangala is a eco resort and farm

Source: The Green Path

The Green Path-Sukrushi Farm

An eco-resort and organic farm, this once barren land has grown lush in the last 15 years. If you want to volunteer long term, then accommodation is free but you are part of the crew and will have to work full time on the farm. There are other options too, and usually, owner Jayram sees several willing helpers every week coming down to get their hands dirty and reconnect with the soil. Produce is delivered to their own restaurant/hotel ensuring locally-sourced, quality product. The eco-resort also supports the village community via responsibly maintained tourism.

Where: Nelamangala

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Bordering the Thally reserve forest, this farm only encourages serious volunteers, not the average tourist. Partap Aggarwal, one of the founders, even brought out the Indian edition of the Fukuoka manual ‘One Straw Revolution’. Dependent purely on solar power, their eco-friendly lodging isn’t too extensive and food is basic vegetarian.  You can choose to help out in a number of different things like eco-restoration or organic farming. With the trust formed way back in 1990, you can be assured of picking up some effective techniques and processes.

Where: Thally, Krishnagiri District

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Aranya Eco-Village

A place not for the faint-hearted, the farm was hit by some intense rains late last year, destroying a lot of crops. Located in Anchetty, they have successfully raised some donations to rebuild the area, but can always use more help. Willing volunteers get to delve into low-energy house construction techniques, water/soil conservation, solar design and basic permaculture. With the ever active Rajnish Kumar now running things here, expect some heavy lifting and hard working toiling under the sun. Also expect some brilliant food, peaceful evenings and a lot of local love from the villagers.

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Where: Denkanikottai, Krishnagiri District

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Hamsah Organic Farm

A slice of rural life well within city limits, this 5 acre farm run by John Fennessy, is an avid spot for a weekend volunteering stint. Get to use a tiller, walk some cows and cook some kale bajjis! Make sure you attend the seasonal mango harvest. There are constantly new things being sown, grown and reaped over here, making it a lively and interactive space to truly regain your lost roots. Visitors can also head down on weekends to pick up an assortment of interesting produce they have growing there, from zucchini and lettuce, to fresh rosemary and passion fruit!

Where: Sarjapur Road

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swayyam farm at yelachatti

Source: Swayyam


A non-profit entity registered in 2011 and currently overseen by Malvikaa Solanki,  the farm encourages permaculture techniques and sustainable concepts such as ‘eat your yard’, a Texan initiative on edible landscaping. It is located almost at the borders of 3 states –Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerela. A minimum stay of 2 weeks is necessary to understand the vibes of the area, and basic food comes at a nominal cost of Rs. 250/day in order to cover grocery, cooking, and other farm expenses. They also have a project called Rangaayana, en effort to revive music, dance and folk traditions.

Where: Yelachatti

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Featured image via: Swayyam


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