Agronomics Galore

Sustainable Agriculture Project Camp Code: FSL-Nonstop Camp 

In August 2014, FSL-India initiated the Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP) at our newly constructed Centre for Experiential Living at Kundapur. CEL’s vision is to evolve models of sustainable agriculture and livelihood by integrating different farming systems for the efficient use of conservation and management of natural resources. Here, we develop modules which will be practiced by local farmers through training and also educate children in the local schools. The Centre has implemented this project across our farm land, which covers 6.5 acres.

Your Tasks:

  • Help to maintain the natural landscape ‐ get hands-on experience in soil and water conservation, live hedge fencing, fruit and forestry plantation
  • Amidst tranquil, natural surroundings, help to plan a local food festival and learn about our delicious local cuisine
  • Forest-crop cultivation, composting, kitchen garden maintenance, medicinal plants cultivation, nursery management are some of the interesting and fulfilling tasks that you will have
  • Interact with local farmers, share your knowledge, implement your skills and experience into daily farm life
  • Help to document interesting, local traditional practices
  • The beaches in and around Kundapur are home to the Olive Riddley and Green sea FSL-India has been working towards the conservation of sea turtles for more than a decade. Help us to clean up the beaches and create awareness in schools and the local community on the importance of sea turtles. If you are in the right place at the right time, you may even get to see them hatch or help to rehabilitate a wounded turtle.

Leisure Activities:  An 82 foot statue of Anjaneya, commonly known as Hanuman, the monkey god is worth a visit, as is the Kotilingeshwara temple, an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva. Kodi beach, one of the most spectacular in Karnataka is where you can catching amazing sunrises and sunsets. Climb up the winding, spiral staircase to the lantern house to enjoy the panoramic view of the ocean and the town beyond from the lighthouse. Gangoli is situated at the confluence of 5 rivers and the harbour is a busy place where you can interact with the fisherman community. Maravanthe is unique in that the Suparnika river flows on one side of the road, with the beach on the other, the only one of its kind in India.

Kollur Mookambika and Murundeshwara temple where you can view the 2nd largest statue of Shiva, are popular pilgrim spots. Boating on the backwaters of Kundapur, visits to a cashewnut, rubber or tile factory are some interesting ways to spend your free time. You can also visit Indian families to exchange views on your cultures and participate in the cultural programs of the local community. Yakshagana, a form of folk-theatre has been practised here for the last 400 years. It is a unique blend of musical tradition, eye-catching costumes and authentic styles of dance, improvised gestures and extempore acting which is typical of this region. Do try not to miss this cultural treat.

Location:  Kundapur is located 440 kms north-west of Bangalore, near the Arabian sea and 91 kms north of Mangalore

Transport:

  • Nearest international airports – Bangalore & Mangalore
  • Nearest railway station – Kundapur
  • Bus services available from – Bangalore, Mangalore & Goa
  • The exact meeting point is mentioned in the info sheet

Accommodation: At FSL-India’s Centre for Experiential Living, with shared rooms