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Eco farm

The farming community at Thennakoongama is involved in paddy cultivation, various cereals and pulses of shifting agriculture - green gram, cowpea and leguminous varieties thrive well in this soil. This daring venture was initiated by a group of young natural organic farmers. The community leader has been a pioneer in this organic agricultural movement with the experience he has gathered through living with organic farming communities in Sri Lanka and abroad, especially in Great Britain. 
The great teachers of natural farming in Asia - Albert Howard (pioneer in the study of organic agriculture in India), Masanobu Fukuoka (founder of 'Do-nothing farming'), Subhash Palekar (who introduced 'Zero-Budget Natural Farming') and Shri Ragaveshwara Barathi Swamiji (the religious leader who campaigns for saving the indigenous cattle breeds of India) serve as our guides in this endeavor. We are doing our best to absorb all the experiences of these great teachers and introduced integrated multi-crop farming with indigenous cattle-breeding and other indigenous live stocks. This ecological farm is a place of research for students and youth, as well as for agricultural research scientists coupled with the rich experiences of the local farmers. It propagates all methods and technologies that allow nature to regenerate in order to continue the process of creation. 

The farm is a research station open to all foreign students to try out their experiments directed towards pulling ourselves out of green revolution technologies. Our plan is to initiate natural food production, natural healing in various rich traditions of indigenous Ayurveda, Homeopathy and other prevalent forms of healing.

Home Garden

Presently we have 2 acres of home garden for our day-to-day-needs. We have two plantations of 80 organic papaya trees, 60 cashew trees, hundreds of pumpkins and eggplants and when the rain comes we have 2 acres of indigenous rice.


Animal husbandry

The eco community  has about 100 indigenous chickens (most are not yet at the point of laying eggs), 50 cows and 40 goats. The chicken eggs are used for the community. We sell about 400 litres of milk per week. 2,5 acres of grass field are dedicated for cow gras. 

eco community ecological model farm

We started the ecological model farm in October 2012. It consists of a lake which has the size of half an acre, six mango trees, ten cows, two mud houses (one of them having four rooms), 2 acres of paddy field, around 20 coconut trees, two water catchment places, two small rocks, a cowshed, 2 acres of home garden and a resource center.

For the development and the maintenance of the ecological model farm the labor and the resources are taken from volunteers and wwoofers from many different countries. In order to get the maximum output to the farm we are glad that they support us with their various knowledge and experience. 

There are many purposes to develop such a model farm:

  • We can act as a role model for other farms and organizations which deal with organic farming
  • We can support other farmers facing difficulties caused by climate change. The eco community collects the relevant data and suggests alternatives that they can use to continue with less issue due to the climate changes.
  • We want to encourage the small farmers to contribute to the food sovereignty.
  • We want to develop theories about integrated pest management (IPM), biodynamics and permaculture and give the relevant practical knowledge

The work that has to be done in the coming six months:

  •  Start a fishing farm in the lake
  •  Start a duck unit
  •  Develop a community hall
  •  Build a well for drinking
  •  Build a eco mud kitchen
  •  Build a bio gas unit
  •  Build a community library and computer unit
  •  Start a seed bank
  •  Expand the vegetable garden
  •  Build an elephant control electric fence
  •  Develop the solar energy power system to make all the houses get electricitz and make sure that the water pumps are running stable

We appreciate ideas from all the wwoofers and volunteers to make the community a great success.


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