My wife, Natalie, and I are currently at Aranya permaculture farm near Hyderabad in India. For the next 2 months we are volunteering here at Aranya, at another permaculture farm called Polam, and at the International Permaculture Convergence hosted by Aranya Agricultural Alternatives.
So far we have been busy helping with harvesting crops, watering crops, mulching the vegetable beds, building compost toilets, building a chicken coop, managing waste, and learning lots about the land from the wonderful team here.
Aranya has been developed by two very passionate people, Narsanna and Padma, who along with a team of workers and volunteers have been championing sustainable agriculture in India for more than 20 years. Aranya has been transformed from a dry and dusty area of land into an abundant forest garden and permaculture farm, serving as an example and inspiration to encourage other farmers both locally and nationally to practice permaculture principles on their land.
The International Permaculture Convergence 2017 takes place during November. People from all over the world will be coming together to share their skills and knowledge. The wider event also includes a conference, permaculture design course, permaculture teacher training programme, and fringe events.