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The Farm & Forest  Forage

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Batch 8:   December batch dates to be announced soon.

This experience is for 12 Guests only 

We've always wanted to merge our outdoor experiences around the simple joys of farming.

Fortunately, with Shardul & Anuradha's help, we not only are happy to bring you a farming but also a unique forest foraging experience.

Hosted at an iconic Mud House in Virar

The Base Idea

​& what we intend to achieve
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Very rarely do we think about the source of the food that we consume. The modern Indian culinary palette is full of industrialized, hybrid and chemical induced produce. But the food of our grandparents told a different story. Indian cuisine was a celebration of native, organic, wild, traditionally grown and hyper local produce, and the soul of Indian cuisine was in India's farms and forests. 

Through this experience, we try to connect back to our farms and forests through the idea of food. Let's get back to learning how to eat healthy by sustainably foraging our meals from whatever nature has to offer! Let us learn what goes into producing our food and how can it be done sustainably.

Where

More on the property


The house built on the property is made completely of natural materials like mud, lime, cow dung, and wood. It's built with a climate-responsive method so that it remains cool in summer and warm in the winters with ample natural light and ventilation. This enables efficient and reduced use of electricity. The chemical-free house leaves a positive health impact even after spending one night in it! The chemical-free ideology reflects in the farm too. Natural farming and permaculture principles govern the farm, which is tended over by the family themselves. Idea is to grow everything that the family needs through the farm and not just one commercial crop. This has led to a biodiverse piece of land with food trees, wild trees, timber trees, crops, ephemerals, reptiles, cows, various birds, and us humans living together harmoniously.






Varadhast farms is a property designed around sustainable lifestyle principles. The idea behind the property is to establish a cyclic, zero waste, and holistic relationship with nature around.


Where exactly?


As usual, we do not disclose the exact whereabouts of the location to protect it from irresponsible tourism. We can tell you it is in the Virar area - The exact location will be disclosed 2 days prior.

Distance from Mumbai (Bandra E): 75 Kms
Approximate travel time: Less than 1.5 hrs from Bandra E.





Your Hosts

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The host couple, Anuradha and Shardul are both architects who work in the realm of sustainable practices.

 

Shardul is the co founder of "Design Jatra", an architecture firm which believes in environment-sensitive and community-centric Architectural processes and ecological architecture practice.

 

Anuradha runs her own landscape architecture practice which focuses on promotion and conservation of native biodiversity. The couple strongly believes in sustainable lifestyle and natural farming and are trying to set up their family in harmony with nature.

The Experience

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Farming

Getting your hands dirty on a chemical free farm designed with nature as an inspiration.

 

Helping in the farm work while learning about the various produce that is being cultivated.

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Forest Foraging

Hunting for food that nature has provided without any human intervention whatsoever.

 

 Learning to identify seasonal and edible herbs, roots, flowers, leaves and fruits. And finally, tips on how to process the foraged produce into edible dishes.

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 The Cherry on the cake

The forest forage walk ends at a secluded stream.

 

Our time spent at this spot will be a great end to an eventful day. 

Itinerary

- Meet between 7.15 - 7.30 am at our Virar spot

- Travel via our private vehicles from the parking area to farm
- Arrive at the property 

- Introductions, breakfast & a briefing of the day ahead

- Foraging for wild species within the farm property

- Cooking of foraged items under the guidance of the tribals

- Farming begins 

- Lunch

- Rest 

- HiTea

- Forest Foraging walk

- Stream Frolicking
- End our day at the farm house by 6-7 pm

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Cost

Rs 2499

We have only 12 seats, so if you are interested in joining, you should grab these quickly.
 

Additional Inclusions

apart from the experience

 Breakfast

 Lunch

 Hi-Tea

 Private Transport

   (from Virar parking area to Farm 8kms) 

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This Experience can be combined with our hike called Don't Tell A Soul on the next day

More on the property


The house built on the property is made completely of natural materials like mud, lime, cow dung, and wood. It's built with a climate-responsive method so that it remains cool in summer and warm in the winters with ample natural light and ventilation. This enables efficient and reduced use of electricity. The chemical-free house leaves a positive health impact even after spending one night in it! The chemical-free ideology reflects in the farm too. Natural farming and permaculture principles govern the farm, which is tended over by the family themselves. Idea is to grow everything that the family needs through the farm and not just one commercial crop. This has led to a biodiverse piece of land with food trees, wild trees, timber trees, crops, ephemerals, reptiles, cows, various birds, and us humans living together harmoniously.





 Curated By

Jack & Hill Adventures
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We are extremely happy to create this experience with Shardul & Anuradha and most importantly be able to offer this as an experience to you. If you have any question or suggestion, please feel free to contact us.

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