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Over the weekend of June 15 & 16, we are inviting people who are passionate about farming to come be part of the farming activities at our village. Vaksana farms is an idyllic 9 acre farm set in a beautiful village called Rettanai, near Tindivanam. You can learn more at

This volunteering opportunity would be ideal for people who are exploring farming as a way of life or for city folks who want to experience rural life.

So, here’s the plan. We leave for the farm from Chennai at 7pm on Friday evening. On Saturday and Sunday, we wake up early and get ourselves busy with lots of activities. We start back to Chennai at 6pm on Sunday evening. (If you think you can come only for one day, that’s also fine.)

We all meet up at Koyambedu bus stand at 7pm on Friday night and take a bus to Tindivanam and then to Rettanai. There are plenty of buses available. All buses that go to Villupuram, Trichy or Madurai is good for us. This is a cheaper option and all of us pay our own fares.

Accommodation is taken care of. We have a lovely small house right in the middle of the farm. It has a large hall and a mezzanine dorm. We recently got electricity connect but the power is off half the time.

We typically buy food from a hotel in the nearby town. We go dutch and food is fairly inexpensive. Alternatively, we have a working kitchen and we can attempt to do group cooking. Will be lots of fun.

OK, here’s what we plan to do over the weekend.
1) Plan and plant a complete living fence. ( a fence made completely from plants)
2) Plant fruit saplings to create a mini food-forest ecosystem.
3) Mulch and manure the fruit tree saplings.
4) Build a balcony railing from Bamboo stems.
5) Prepare Panchakavya (organic manure) for the farm.

If this sounds interesting, do join us to volunteer at the farm. You can reach me at Look forward to having a very productive, sweaty, fun-filled weekend !!