Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Woof India

History of WWOOF
The WWOOF program started in the United Kingdom in 1971, by Sue Coppard, a London secretary, under the name 'Working Weekends on Organic Farms'. The intention was to provide people living in London with an opportunity to participate in the organic farming movement occurring in the countryside. Since the establishment of WWOOF in the U.K., the program has expanded to ‘World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms’, and is now in more than 28 countries around the world, with a wide range of farm stay opportunities. WWOOF programs operate independently in each country, so please contact the WWOOF country organization directly for the most accurate information on WWOOFing in that country.


There are more than 18 hosts registered in India. Some of them are mentioned below.

WWOOF India would be one of the newest organization in the WWOOF network which would be functional since 1 January 2007. So far, WWOOF India had been operating and collecting hosts through WWOOF Nepal. For this, WWOOF India must collect hundred hosts and two-hundred volunteers by 1st January 2009. WWOOF India is to play a leading role in the world wide network of opportunities in organic and sustainable farming.

Host ID : IND044
100 acres of farm cultivating organic farming of pulses, cereals, vegetables, mango other horticulture products with Bio Dynamic practices Producing in house cultures, composts, teas etc. I wish to extend my experience to all. We can arrange facilities on cost to cost payment in Hyderabad which is a city. On farm no need to pay. The farm is located in a village about 50 miles from Hyderabad a journey of 2 hours. The food is local vegetarian food. Our family is orthodox and stick to principles and values.

Host ID : IND027
BHAKTIVEDANTA ECO-VILLAGE
Tattva Darshan das
Garuda Guha , Kollur 576 220, Udupi District , Karnataka , INDIA
Tel : 91 8254 758313 or 91 8254 758340
Email : tattva108@yahoo.comThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
Web : ecovillage-asia.org
Developing Self Sufficient Alternative Community, School Orphanage, Cow Protection, Protection of Natural Forest Reserves, medicinal herbs, trekking. Strict vegetarians. No Intoxications. Serious people only. No costs for rooms and boarding when in exchange for help. Those interested in Yoga and spiritual life will be more comfortable but there is no such requisite.

Host ID : IND032
BUDDHA GARDEN COMMUNITY FARM
Priya Vincent
Auroville 605101 , Tamil Nadu , INDIA
Email : priya@auroville.org.inThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
Web : http://www.buddhagarden.org/
LOCATION : green belt Auroville
TRAVEL : taxi, bus, cycle
Buddha Garden Community Farm is in Auroville, Tamil Nadu South India. We are a small mixed farm and produce mainly vegetables and eggs. We have an educational program for eight local apprentices. As a volunteer you will become part of our 'community of learners' learning with and from each other. As a farm that is part of the spiritually orientated community/collective of Auroville our work has a spiritual orientation. We are concerned to produce food with a certain consciousness that feeds us on every level. We aim to work, learn and grow in consciousness together. We can welcome up to 10 volunteers who stay in locally made huts. For more information go to our website.

Host ID : IND037
BUDDHASLAND
Kay
Village Karjan; District Kullu , P.O. 175 136 , Himachal Pradesh , INDIA
Tel : 9816395755
Email : admin@buddhasland.orgThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
Web : http://www.buddhasland.org/
Organic farm in the Indian Himalayas; growing all kinds of vegetables and salads, ongoing change of apple orchards into organic growth herbal garden and flowers as well as seed production; drying and conservation 15.000 square meters of land plus orchards in a mountain valley at an altitude of 2000 m. Season is March to November the organic agricultural project is flanked by a centre for alternative medicine, yoga and meditation and a centre for education of the local youth; Veg food available

Host ID : IND040
A 8 hectare certified organic farm cultivating medicinal herbs. Situated on river bank and adjascent to reserved forest in picturesque settings. 2 hours drive (100 KM) from Mumbai, walking distance from a small town. Nursery, vermicompost, cows, biogas plant, tribal art, and woods are additional features. Farm also hosts camps for students and others for agri-eco edutainment. Dormitory accommodation with toilets. Tribal homes and communities in vicinity. Hoping to add in near future a centre to train rural youth in vocational skills. Help required for farm activities, student camps and vocation centre. WWOOFers can also teach at a primary school opposite the farm.

Host ID : IND042
We are a mixed enterprise farm (15 hectares) in the geographical centre of India. Our primary focus is a dairy where we specialise in producing ghee and butter. But we also grow vegetables, daal and rice. We provide accommodation in a traditional clay house that has a garden/machaan. We have fresh water on the farm from our bore well. The ratio of working to relaxation is a personal decision. There is so much to see both on the farm and within the surrounding area. Please visit our website for more information.

Host ID : IND047
500 acre organic farm, North India. I am an American woman, married into a prominent Indian family. Along with organic farming we hope to establish schools and hospitals for "the poorest of the poor". We welcome other like-minded people to join us in this endeavor. The land is approximately three thousand acres, mostly shrub forest, at present we cultivate about five hundred acres. Crops grown: Rice, Wheat, potatoes, mustard seed, vegetables, chick peas and other legumes. There is also an oil extraction plant in which we produce palmarosa oil and lemongrass oil. There is a river which serves as the water source fo irrigation. Lakes are also being created. Accommodation is as follows... tents, a large traditional mud house with courtyard with several rooms.

Host ID : IND043
I am owning 40 acres of land where I grow paddy, wheat, sugarcane, fruits and have gardens on some land. My fields are very close to the main highway near New Delhi. I have some cows and buffaloes for milking.

WOOF LADAKH
Host ID : IND035
STANZIN ODZER
HIGH TIMES ADV , N.A.C COMPLEX SHOP NO 1 , PIN CODE 194101 LEH , LADAKH . , INDIA
Tel : 0091 1982 255934
Fax : 0091 1982 250542
Email : stan_ladakhi1@Rediffmail.comThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
LOCATION : At a walking distance of 2 km from main city
Farm is located at a walking distance of 2 km from main city. Family members work growing vegetables, catering for animals and diary farm etc. This is an organic farm, ecologically very sound as is the whole community of surrounding villages. We have our own cows for milking, bull/ Dzo for ploughing and Donkeys for loading. This land of mountains, with its picturesque location of monasteries, the rich ancient Buddhist monuments, rhythm of musical instruments that accompany the Chanting of Buddhist monks, the traditional folk songs and folk dances, the colourful masked dances of the monastic festival, have come through the ages almost unchanged. My family, the community and Region of Ladakh, depend on 98% Agriculturist. Here I would like to give a brief description of the farming system of our region. "Life was very simple, but people always had enough, and more than anything they were happy", says Tashi Rabgyas, Ladakh's leading poet, scholar and philosopher.

We have our own cows for milking, bull/ Dzo for ploughing and donkeys for loading. We are an agency that aims to protect the unique habitat of Ladakh. We respect the few natural resources available in Ladakh and undertake reformative activates along with other agencies to benefit this cause. We also undertake interactive projects with national and international researchers and students of ecology and help to arrange their research and fieldwork on the conservation of Ladakh's ecology. Specifically: setting up of ecological villages; conserving resources by promoting use of renewable sources of energy; researching and environmental landscaping by specialized volunteers from across the globe; implementing systems of sustainable development for the promotion of energy conservation; promoting techniques of organic farming. ''Promoting Ladakh's sustainable development through volunteering on its organic farms.''

Host ID : IND046
We would like to promote Organic Farming by offering an opportunity to work hands-on, in real village like atmosphere. The farm is located between 60 acres of woods on one side and river bed (now extinct) on the other side. Our farm size is about 5 acres.

Host ID : IND003
NU TECH FARM
Vijay & Kusum Shah
Rayan, Dist: Kutch-Mandivi , Gujarat , 370465 , INDIA
Tel : (+91) (0)2834 288361
Fax : +91 (0)2834 222811 or +91 22 2413 2208
Email : vijaykusum@hotmail.comThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it Country : INDIA
LOCATION : 8.5 km from Mandvi
TRAVEL : Train to Gandhidham (can collect for Rs 100)
Family owned farm of 40 acres. Main crops: Fresh dates & Aloe Vera. We also grow some grains, pulses, vegetables, fruits and medicinal plants. innovative organic farming using bio-diversity, manures, seaweeds, botanicals and drip irrigation. Many different work areas. help needed throughout the year. Vipassana meditators are heartily welcome. 8 cows, 4 dogs. Speak English. Coastal town of Mandvi (8km) has tourist attractions.

Host ID : IND004
RURAL ORGANIZATION OF SOCIAL ELEVATION (ROSE)
Jeevan Lal Verma
KSS Social Awareness Centre , PO Kanda, District Bageshwar 26363 , Uttarranchal 263631 , INDIA
Tel : 0091 5963 241081
Email : jlverma_rosekanda@yahoo.co.inThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
Web : http://www.rosekanda.info/
Rose is a small grassroots non-governmental voluntary organisation dedicated to the sustainable uplifting of the rural poor. It promotes self reliance and self sufficiency, as well as social, environmental and health awareness. WWOOF volunteers practice traditional organic farming and are integrated into rural family farm life. WWOOFers can also become involved in various and numerous activities such as the construction, maintenance and repair of the house, path, compost toilet and bio-gas unit. Other projects are continually being devised and implemented when funds allow. We need WWOOFers who are interested in learning and respectful cultural exchange. They need to be caring, sharing, flexible, positive, adaptable, constructive, honest, responsible and have a sense of humour. There is a charge of Rs 350 which covers costs of food, accommodation, administration as well as allowing the continuation and development of ROSE's activities. There is also an initial RS 3500 registration fee. Concessions

Host ID : IND030
SADHANA FOREST
Yorit and Aviram Rozin
Auroville 605101 , TAMIL NADU , INDIA
Tel : 91-413-2677682 or 2677020 or 267020
Email : aviram@auroville.org.inThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
Join a vegan home-schooling family in establishing a sustainable community. Our main project is the reforestation of 70 acres of severely eroded land in the international community of Auroville. We are working to re-create the Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest indigenous to our area. We practice an eco-friendly way of life including veganism, organic gardening, alternative construction, solar energy, and composting toilets. Throughout the year, we welcome WWOOFers of all ages and physical abilities, and warmly invite families with children. Accommodation is free in exchange for 4 hours of work per day, 5 days a week. Free facilities include: bungalows, bicycles, a small book collection, a small swimming pool, a vegan community kitchen, and a children's playground. We offer an environment for personal development, yoga and meditation including a wealth of courses, workshops and treatments in areas, including yoga, meditation, tai-chi, shiatsu, water shiatsu, etc. 6 km north of Pondicherry and 150 km south of Chennai, South India.

Host ID : IND029
SAHARIA ORGANIC FARM
Binod Saharia
G-14 SUKHI JEEVAN , JACOB ROAD, JAIPUR , RAJASTHAN, 302001 , INDIA
Tel : +91-141-2223694
Email : binod57@yahoo.comThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
We have a 17 hectare organic farm. We are mainly growing Amla fruits and some seasonal crops. Biodynamic preparations are also used on the farm. We also have a small dairy and bee hives for pollination. On the farm there are rooms for anyone who wants to come and stay and enjoy the traditional Rajasthani farm life amongst the farming community. We also have a great swimming pool to take care of the Indian summer heat. There is a small primary school near the farm and WWOOFers can teach the children some English during the day.

Host ID : IND049
10 hectare cerified organic farm on the banks of Yamuna river Farm growing wheat. pulses, soya beens, paddy, mangoes. Biodynamic farming practices and Vedic Agnihotra practiced. Environment friendly building material manufactured in vicinity WWOOFERS welcome in sowing, harvesting and weeding times

Host ID : IND045
30 acres farm situated about 30 km from Bangalore, success story as barren land was converted into an organic paradise, the farm was awarded as one of the best organic farms for conservation of ecology. It is a very well-known organic farm which attracts scientists, farmers, and ecoactivists. The farm comprises a great variety of crops and biodiversity. An innovative system of rainwater harvesting was successfully implemented. The farm is widely independent of external inputs. We welcome everyone who is commited to the preservation of the environment.

Host ID : IND048
Farm in centre of Haryana. The state is known for main agriculture land in India. Volunteers welcome to stay with local family and do interesting work of choice. You can come any time during the year. May- August are school/college holidays. We encourage cultural exchange and will appriciate any good volunteer work. You can know more about our small and peaceful city - Jind on the website. The city is surrounded by villages and you can experience real local culture. We also organise meetings with school/colleges to enhance cultural understanding. Accommodation and vegetarian meals. We welcome WWOOFers all around the year. People who are social and open minded find it easier to make friends and exchange ideas with local people. If you are willing to share and care, you will soon be a part of local community. The best way to experience the local culture is to work with them, so we encourage all kind of volunteer work and do not restrict it to farms. Email me: vikasmaan2002@yahoo.comThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

Host ID : IND007
VIPASSANA HOUSE AND FARMS
Swami Vinod
Swami Aman, 66/2 Pritam Road , Dehradun-248001 , UTTRANCHAL , INDIA
Email : khuladhamma@gmail.comThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
We are situated near the center of Dehra Dun which is the capital city of Uttranchal, located at the foothills of the beautiful Himalaya Mountains, known for its natural beauty and medicinal herbs. We encourage alternative medicine through organically grown vegetables, fruits, herbs and other healing techniques like Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, Pranic Healing. The building is 10,000 sq. ft. housed in land of 100,000 sq. ft. with orchards and gardens. We welcome WWOOF workers/ Healers/ Alternative Technology Teachers all year round. We would appreciate a little contribution towards food and stay, to suit your pocket. Your contributions help us to support some village schools for the hearing impared children and other charities in our locality. Varied accom. Children OK. Vegetarian meals. NO smoking or alcohol. IMPORTANT:Please write WWOOFING REQUEST in the subject each time you email us. Also please give complete details of name, age, gender, nationality, interests, experience etc. in first email.


Host ID : IND038 Legend :
AMBIHA CHARITABLE TRUST
Kandasamy V
14 Sellapatti, Thiruvengadam , post, Kovilpatti, via , Tamilnadu PIN code;627719 , INDIA
Tel : 0091-04636-264127
Email : ksamy3@rediffmail.comThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it , k_samy12@yahoo.co.inThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it Country : INDIA
TRAVEL : Nearest internatioal air port is Thiruvananthapuram which is 236 km from our home
We have 8 ha cultivable land. Of this 1 ha organic farm, o.4 ha paddy field, o.4 ha irrigated vegetables and 0.2 pulses. We will convert the other land. Our house is 330 square meters with attached bio gas plant and cattle yard. At present we have some goats. Soon we will have some cows. Fodder stocks and compost pits are within 100 meters. Our house is fully electrified with fans. Only two big room ie dormitories. We have bicycles. We are getting domestic water from our nearby pump set well by pipeline. At home we are not smokers nor alcohol drinkers. Hence we request volunteers to follow this habit in our home. More over we are occasional non-vegetarian during festival only ie yearly 6 to 9 times. In our village also public telephone booths and refrigerator are available till 9 pm. At Thiruvengadam mineral water available. In our village there are 600 people. Soon western style latrines will replace our common flush out latrine.

Host ID : IND033
Legend :
JAYNAGAR
Prathibha Nagvar
#146, 26th Cross, 3rd Main, Jaynagar 6th Block , Bangalore , Karnataka State , INDIA
Tel : 91-944-845-1058
Email : pnagvar@yahoo.comThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it
Web : http://http://photos.yahoo.com/pnagvar Country : INDIA
LOCATION : 1.5km off the main road, accessible by foot or car
TRAVEL : Pick up from Bangalore International Airport
11 acre farm growing paddy, dals, vegetables, herding sheep and goats. Help needed during spring and summer in paddy, during winter in farm building construction. Prefer WWOOFers to write at least 1 month in advance. Trying out traditional farming techniques based on Ayurveda and Natural Farming.

Host ID : IND036
Legend :
MISRIOTE FARM
Ishwar Singh
Parthampura - 391780 , Gujarat State , INDIA
Email : ishwarsingh@icenet.netThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it Country : INDIA
LOCATION : Away from all civilization
TRAVEL : Local airport / railway station is Vadodara. Collection can be arranged.
Organic Farm located on the banks of a perennial river in Western India. Main business is dairying supplemented by horticulture and other conventional crops. Help would be required in the fields of gardening, pruning, planting and maintaining the garden, milking, packing, other work related to the cows including grazing, building, masonry work, carpentry, painting, repair and maintenance of farm vehicles, in short a general overall help on the farm. SPECIALIZED GARDENERS are urgently required. Simple veg. food - no smoking, no drinking / other addiction please.

Host ID : IND039
Legend :
RANDHIR FARMS
Praveen Kumar Maan
3490, Urban Estate, Jind-126102 , Haryana , INDIA
Tel : +91 1681 245470
Email : praveenmaan@yahoo.comThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it Country : INDIA
LOCATION : Located in a village 16 Kms from a small beautiful city (where we live).
We have 5 ha. of land where we are growing herbal plants in organic ways. The produce is used in Ayurvedic medicines (Indian System of medice). Individuals who wish to contribute and learn during their stay are invited. Our farms are 16 kms away from city. You can go to farms in the car with my father. We also have poultry farms in our village. Our family is vegetarian but there are many nice restarurants around. The volunteer can stay at our house in the small city. Please feel free to contact if you want to know more and if you feel interested.

Host ID : IND025
Legend :
SHREE VISHWA DEEP GURUKUL MAHESHWARANAND ASHRAM
SwamiJasraj Puri
, Village Jadan, District Pali , Rajasthan , INDIA
Tel : (02935) 274035, 274071
Fax : (02935) 274008
Email : swamijasraj@hotPOP.comThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it Country : INDIA
LOCATION : Desert farm
Ashram Set on 500 acres in beautiful rural Rajasthan. Producing organic vegetables, grains and roses in an Ashram setting year round. Courses in Yoga and study of Hindi are running daily. Help also required with reforestation works in July to November each year. Volunteers are also encouraged to work in our animal refuge. Visitors must be sober in their dress whilst staying to respect local culture. Visitors will be expected to observe celibacy in the Ashram and accommodation will at all times be single sex exept in the case of family with small children.

Host ID : IND034
SOGVE'S FARM
Michelle Chawla
Sogve Village, Taluka Dahanu -401602 , Maharashtra , INDIA
Tel : 91-2528-260220
Fax : 91-2528-222241
Email : michelle@gandhiana.orgThis email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it Country : INDIA
LOCATION : Tribal Hamlet
TRAVEL : Train from Mumbai
13 acre farm at Sogve's village, Dahanu in Maharashtra, India, close to Mumbai. Home to the indigenous Warli tribes, the farm is located in a sleepy tribal hamlet. We grow primarily Chikoos (sapotas) along with coconuts, mangoes, etc. Besides working on the farm, ours is also an opportunity to live and experience the culture of an indigenous tribe. We are looking to conserve the traditional rice varieties grown by them and would love to have people grow and document the seed. We also have cows and chickens. We can accommodate 4-6 people in cottage style huts with attached bathrooms.
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Host ID : IND044
100 acres of farm cultivating organic farming of pulses, cereals, vegetables, mango and other horticulture products with Bio Dynamic practices Producing in house cultures, composts, teas etc. I wish to extend my experience to all. We can arrange facilities on cost to cost payment in Hyderabad which is a city. On farm no need to pay. The farm is located in a village about 50 miles from Hyderabad a journey of 2 hours. The food is local vegetarian food. Our family is orthodox and stick to principles and values.

WWOOF Legend for host : IND044
Situation : organic farm
We are : individuals
Number of : adults 2
Accommodation : camping
Can Accommodate Children : by arrangement
Location : not near other houses
Getting There : can collect at train station
Work With : gardens, animals
Languages Spoken : English
Diet : vegetarian OK
Prohibitions : no smokers (in house), no alcohol
Hours per Day : 8
Days per Week : 7
Minimum Stay (Weeks) : 1
Maximum Stay (Weeks) : 1
Months Most Needed : 8 - 1 0
Months NOT Needed : 4 - 5

Host ID : IND053
We are farming the Pomegranite fruit crop around the 221 hectare of land in a district of Gujarat in India. We are trying to get the UROPGAP Certificate and transfer into Organic Farming all the pomegranate area. We are selling all the product through exporter networking. We are selling locally as per farmers' need and local market supply. We need the help for profesional farming practice experience from your WWOOF members and can also teach them our experience of farming practice. We also want to share our marketing network experience to others and learn from them also.
WWOOF Legend for host : IND053
Situation : organic farm
We are : community
Number of : children 3
Accommodation : individual rooms
Location : in a town
Getting There : can collect at train station
Work With : alternative technologies
Languages Spoken : English
Diet : vegetarian OK


http://www.wwoof.org/asia-pacific.asp is not help as it directs to http://www.wwoofindia.org/host.htm where you are asked to pay to get a list .
Then there is a conflicting org called http://www.wwoofinternational.org/

With reference from : http://www.wwoof.org/newsite/wlist2.asp?cy=INDIA

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