Local, Sustainable Farming

Volunteering can comprise of work like Building, feeding the cows, weeding, gardening, mulching, fencing, mending, repair work, cooking, studio work.

The Farm Program consists of all farm related activities like: Composting, Weeding, Feeding and Tending the animals, Repair work, Mulching, Cooking, Washing, Building and Researching Sustainable Architecture, Cleaning, Watering the Plants etc.

A minimum of 6 Hours of active participation is required from volunteers to receive free meals, farm facilities and subsidized boarding costs. They are free to utilize the rest of their time as they please. 

We are a Farm community, Kitchen, Studio and Artist Residency ideal for people looking to experience a typical village life amidst nature and peaceful surroundings. We work in harmony with other small farmers of the region to build a healthy alternative where we strive to live sustainably and responsibly with each other. Ecological sustainability is the primary focus of our long term vision and as our village grows, we want to see this ideal take shape. Diversity is an important element for us and our village consists of individuals, families and an income sharing community.

We grow our own food, harvest honey, ferment local probiotics, preserve pickles, hot sauces, jams and dried products for sale in and outside the farm. The entire process is carried out by a small team (which will hopefully grow in the future) of local women ensuring sustainable livelihood means towards themselves and their families.

Our vision is to foster growth in our community and our environment through education and sustainable regenerative systems vis a vis farming and *other creative practices. Our farming design system stems from the regenerative principles of Permaculture and the patterns of nature.

Most materials used to build the project premises are natural yields from the surrounding areas like bamboo, stone, mud, thatch, straw etc or are reclaimed, upcycled, reused from things which would otherwise have been made into landfill, hence polluting the environment.

We welcome all kindred spirits who want to adapt a lifestyle of simplicity for a while alongside learning new experiences in the backdrop of a typical Nepali farm culture. We also invite artists, academicians, designers, architects, writers and all manner of creative people for a time and space away from their usual environment and obligations, to provide a time for reflection, research, presentation or production. We also allow them to explore and practice their art within our community, meeting new people, using new materials and experiencing life in a new location.

Suitable for


Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Other Skills
Relevant experience is preferred.People who have volunteered in farms before or interested to experience life in a rural farm, learn and participate in local cooking procedures and wellness food.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 07:00 - 13:30

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Local, Sustainable Farming building traditional bamboo and earth homes Artist Earth Home living quarters farm premises wood-fired veg pies happy with their paint job our millet harvest meal break Volunteering on the land the writing on the wall quiet moments our tiny volunteers twilight by the dip pool volunteers helping us build our mud house Veggies at the farm stand farm premises Farm Pool Side volunteers building new things from old tending the tomatoes Farm Artist Studio

Free-time activities

Activities In a Nutshell

Stay with us, explore the farm and the growing food forest, eat delicious, organic local food cooked with fresh produce from our kitchen garden, gorge on wood fired pizzas and fresh homemade bread, enroll for Nepali cooking classes, swim in the river or our in-house pool under the night sky, paint, write, read books from our collection, laze and bask in hammocks under the warm sun,walk through the village, milk a cow, churn butter, pickle jackfruit, pitch a tent or just sleep in all day . It’s not a luxury…it’s an experience!

Attractions in and around Gorubathan are the famous Gorumara Wildlife Sanctuary, Fafarkheti, Fagu Tea Garden, the popular destination of Lava, the ancient ruins of Dalim Fort originally built by the Lepcha Kings and the Neora Valley National Park which is 5kms north of the region . The community is placed at a distance of 90 km from Kalimpong, 96 km from Darjeeling and 59 km from Siliguri and 72 kms from the IXB and is accessible by shared taxis, buses and private vehicles.

We also like to have fun, relax, watch movies, play some music and just hang out. So come join us and see what life is like at the Petrichor Community!



What's included?
3 meals and accommodation and utilization of our property and facilities are included. Transportation, Internet Charges, Toiletries are not included. This is the price for the basic Volunteer Package which involves staying in 2 person tents with on camp beds.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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A 10ft x 10 ft camp/tent fitted with two beds, mattresses, pillows and sleeping bags, side table and rugs for 2 persons per tent.

Food & Beverages

Vegetarian organic food is available.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Darjeeling/India between 2 weeks and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Petrichor Farms will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Petrichor Farms during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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P.O Fagu, Gorubathan, Darjeeling, India