Reforest South India

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    arozin New Member

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    Greetings from Sadhana Forest.

    We are curently looking for volunteers/interns to work on this ongoing project. Please be so kind as to forward this information to people within the Permaculture community who may be able to help with this.

    Sadhana Forest is a Permaculture Reforestation project in Southern India practising sustainability within the community.

    Our main aim is the reforestation of 70 acres of severely eroded land. We are working to re-create the Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest indigenous to our area. This forest type is found only in Southern India and Sri Lanka and provides a rare biological richness due to its very high species abundance (over 1000 species of trees, shrubbery, and liana). The Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest is now close to total extinction as only 0.01% survives. This is a last minute effort to keep this very rich and beautiful Forest on earth.

    Facilties here include a library, small swimming pool, use of bicycles, internet access and the opportunity to participate in occasional workshops (eg. sustainable living). We practice an eco-friendly way of life including veganism, vegan/organic gardening, alternative construction, solar energy, biodegradable toiletries, and compost toilets.

    We are looking for Project Co-ordinators. The posts will be voluntary and for 4 months or more. Full board is provided for those staying for a minimum of 4 months.

    The posts are as follows:

    1. Vegan/organic Gardener - following Fukuoka's principles of minimal intervention - to be responsible for the creation and the maintanance of the vegetable garden, fruit orchard and compost system. Local advice will be available in order to adapt skills and knowledge to suit this tropical environment.
    2. Forest Worker - for the indigenious planting and after-care of the trees, continuing the use of natural fertilizers and pesticides and water and soil conservation. This person will also be required to lead a team of between 5 - 70 International volunteers. They will, therefore, need to be responsible, punctual, gentle and effective.
    3. Ecological Park Co-ordinator - someone who likes working with children and can apply sustainable design in a fun and creative way as this position involves designing an environment which demonstrates sustainable living practices for the young local community to learn from.
    4. Kitchen Manager - A creative and resourceful person to cook healthy, vegan meals for large numbers, source organic local produce and to train volunteers.

    Further exciting opportunities exist for those willing to make a longer term commitment upon completion of the initial 4 month period.

    For further information about the project contact us:
    [email protected]
    Please mention "long term position" in the email subject box.
    Contact details:
    Yorit and Aviram Rozin
    Sadhana Forest
    Auroville 605101

    Tel: 00-91-413-2677682/3 or 00-91-413-2002655

    On leaving us, one of our volunteers wrote, 'May there be many more forests to grow people."

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