The Himalayan Farm Project is an experiment to demonstrate a sustainable life in practice. It is an attempt to learn how to recycle and harness natural, sustainable resources, live a simple off grid life and how to reduce our carbon footprint.
The farm has been has been vacant and unattended for over a decade and is slowly being brought back to life. It is a large undertaking and done with great intention and love. The land is in constant progression, and is at present slowly regaining soil fertility. It will soon grow crops of clover, barley, buckwheat and peas not only for harvesting and consumption but also to create a greener manure output as well as greens for the compost to add nitrogen in the soil. The regeneration of soil is a top priority.
The Himalayan Farm Project is more than just an organic farm. At the very heart of it is the belief that working as a community boosts happiness. We are a community farm – a work and family in progress. We welcome anyone who has time and energy to make the farm their home and bring with them a positive attitude, creativity and a love for nature. Everyone is welcome – to pick up the hoe – to mend the canal – to sing songs– and to tell us how to do this better.
The Himalayan Farm Project is the place to perfect how to make an omelette over an open fire, to practice poi, to teach old skills and acquire new ones and to simply be one with the surroundings around you. It is a home away from home for all. This is a place to retreat, rejuvenate, learn, share but above all else BE.
The Himalayan Farm Project is led by a team that values love, unity and a desire to learn. Anyone interested in building up this community and in helping recover and rediscover nature is welcome to join us. Read more about our farming adventures on our Blog.
My name is Hari. I retired as a Brigadier from the Indian army in 1997. Retirement has granted me the opportunity to return to the land of my forefathers, the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand where I currently reside. I finally found the time to engage with my lifelong interests of alternative medicine through homeopathy and foods that heal. My interest led to increasing experiments with growing organic vegetables, supported by conversations and studies at Schumacher College. In 2010, I won a Fellowship to attend The Apprenticeship Program in Ecological Horticulture at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, University of California, Santa Cruz. During my time there I also volunteered at The Garden Project in San Francisco, an organization founded by my mentor Cathrine Sneed.
Drawing upon my learning’s from the Apprentice program, I am now scaling up my work and setting up a farm center in the lower Himalayas at an altitude of 1319 meters (4353 feet). I dream of this center as a model farming community – showcasing sustainable organic agriculture and horticulture techniques. This organic paradise is open to all fellow dreamers to come and share their learning’s and learn from each other.
The Himalayan Farm Project is a 50-minute uphill hike away from modernity. Located on top of a hill and adjacent to a forest, it is not connected to electric grid – an opportunity for me to learn and experiment with alternative energy solutions! When I am not up at the farm, I live with my wife KumKum in Bhimtal. You can write to me at himalayanfarmer(AT)gmail.com
And check out my blog post on how I rediscovered farming.
My name is Eliott Mercier. People tell me I fit in the box marked French, but all I can say is I do not fit into any boxes!
I was living in France studying management (Dauphine University) blindly when I woke up one day and realized I wanted to live harmoniously with myself, with people and with nature. This is when I left for the roads of South East Asia, to find myself and to help others where I could. In route, I came up with a dream plan of creating a sustainable community that can think beyond commerce and puts a higher value to sharing, caring, being at peace with oneself and with others.
I had a strong desire to realize this dream, but I lacked the knowhow and support. I decided it prudent to study business in London (Cass Business School) in order to be able to understand the world of organizations. Then shortly after 3 months of volunteering in India, my spiritual home, I met Hari…and found 2 men with the will to make their way!
Currently I handle the farms day-to-day affairs from across the seven seas. I am creating a foundation to facilitate the gathering of funds; I am planning the architecture of the farm; and I am trying to streamline systems for volunteers. I am happy to meet any of you who are passing London. I will be back on the farm in May 2012 but you can contact me on my personal address eliottmercier(AT)gmail.com
I am a journalist, educator, traveler and mother. I am currently based in Delhi where my 5 year old daughter goes to school. I believe connecting with the land and nature is a great way for kids to learn and resist consumerism.
The Himalayan Farm Project is my dream of going off-grid come true. I believe the pared down nature of the off-grid life is a great teacher. It’s only when you live it, you realize how little you actually need to be contended and comfortable. I hope one day we have enough shelter to share the back to basics, simple living with children from around the country.
I am interested in low impact architecture, off grid living and gift economy, and hope to explore all these aspects at the Farm. Presently I am exploring partnerships and collaborations to create a sustainable revenue stream for the Himalayan Farm Project. I can be contacted on email@example.com