Kerala farmstay accommodation, India
How Kerala farmstay accommodation, India makes a difference
Where we are?
Situated in Wayanad district of Kerala. The name Wayanad is derived from “Vayalnadu” means the land of paddy field. We are situated on the banks of a small river across a tropical forest with wild life.
Farm is developed in acres of prime wetland. We cultivate coffee, cardamom, vanilla, pepper, areca nut, fruit trees, rubber, coconut, ginger, vegetables etc. We adopt organic farming methods. “Robusta” coffee, “nhallani” and “PB-3” cardamom, “karimunda” and “panniyoor” pepper are the crop varieties grown in the farm
Organic farming is one of the several approaches to sustainable agriculture. Our plantations consist of natural soil and we retain the originality strictly during the course of farming right from the seeds and planting materials to manure, pest control and harvest. Our approach is completely chemical free, ensuring the total absence of pesticides and poisons either in the process or in the products.
Our Methods & Aim
We practice inter- cropping, mulching and integration of crops and livestock. Properly managed organic farming reduces and eliminates water pollution and helps conserve water and soil in the farm. We would be interested to work jointly with large organizations to develop new certified agricultural products. We are also interested in promoting eco tourism.
Farming Practices (in a nutshell)
To make vanilla cultivation more sustainable we grow it as a mixed crop using areca nut as support and shade tree. Mulching is done by fallen areca nut leaves. We use slurry as the main fertilizer. Cardamom is cultivated in the areca nut fields. Birds or other predators control most of the pests or hand picked. Neemcake is used as a pesticide and fertilizer.
Monsoon season is busy with manuring. Usually we use cow dung and other organic manures and bio-fertilizers. November –December is the harvesting season of coffee. We grow plantains, ginger, turmeric, nutmeg etc as inter crops in the plantation along with mango, jackfruit, orange, lemon, guava etc. We have our own recycling system. i.e. we make compost from the waste and fallen leaves, use them for mulching and as shades etc. We use the earthworm “Eudrilus Eugeniae “for making vermi-compost
As a Host We are promoting ecotourism. We have a seventy five year old heritage bungalow in the farm with historical and revolutionary importance and cottages. Guests can enjoy the scenic beauty of tropical forest from the bungalow. They can enjoy trekking and bird watching or fishing. They have enough opportunity to participate in farming activities. Rubber tapping, weed clearing, compost making, coffee plucking, pruning, manuring, cooking (keralan) are all to give them a taste of rural life. Our farm is completely plastic free. As we adopt inter cropping and mixed farming, every season is busy with one or the other activity.We employ most of the staff from our neighborhood villages and tribal colonies. We arrange guests to see and buy products made locally and can learn their cultural activities, living etc.
Stay with us helps to create an awareness of organic farming along with the importance of preserving our natural resources. It will inspire them in working with nature. It will give an insight to the environmental advantages organic farming systems can bring, and benefits, both to the economy and social cohesion of rural areas.
The farm is a certified organic farm
Our slogan “Beauty of living, live truly with nature”.
By training and employing local people particularly the tribals, we show our commitment to the local community. As far as possible purchasing is done from the local. We provide facilities for our guests to interact with the local community so that the locals get a feel of the culture and their languages . Day trips are arranged to local tribal colonies with prior arrangement . Guests will be taken to the local outlets to shop local products, handicrafts, souvenirs etc
Kerala farmstay accommodation, India