How is NIT Arunachal Pradesh for vegetarians

Discover life on our little organic family farm in the northeast of India, Assam

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Gardening:
We try to focus mainly on Perennial plants (Plants that don't die after the season is over, examples include a lot of Herbs and Fruit trees who simply keep giving) in order to reduce the workload in the long run. We do however also plant some Annual vegetables in the kitchen garden. Growing those seedlings, working the soil, planting them and harvesting would be part of the work in the garden. We also have to deweed some areas and cover them with mulch afterward. Nothing backbreaking and we do take a lot of breaks, especially during the hot season.

Farmstay:
Basically the same as in gardening. Work ranges from planting to harvesting and working on some specific projects. For example, right now we try to build a Clay Pizza oven next to the bonfire place where we gather in the evenings. Other projects right now include "air layering" which is the process of producing new baby plants from grown fruit trees in this case and last but not least forming a channel system on the farm to redirect rainwater.

Art Project:
Once the Guest Huts are ready we do need artists to beautify them with paint jobs or other art. Until then we are planning to build bamboo archways and pavilions and grow perennial flower vines along them to basically create living and colorful art installations.

Building:
For the guest huts, we thought about building with a mix of bamboo and adobe as well as a palm leaf roof. This is going to be a bit of hard work and especially the clay part is going to be dirty and fun.

Cooking:
Depending on the number of volunteers at any given moment we would probably need help in the kitchen Preparing the meals. This basically consists of cutting vegetables & fruits, helping to cook them and afterward cleaning everything up again. This is mostly easy work just time consuming which is why we need help with it especially since there is a new baby in the family. The good thing is that you will learn some traditional Indian and Assamese dishes you can show off at home.

General Maintenance:
Depending on the season there are some minor tasks that have to be done somewhat regularly to keep everything we have built so far running smoothly and avoid big breakdowns in the future that would cost a lot of effort and time. Things like deweeding, fixing clay walls, fixing parts of the pathways after heavy rain as well as cutting down some of the biomass producing plants we planted for exactly this reason to produce more mulch and compostable material.