Basudha

Explore the Link between Biological and Cultural Diversity

Basudha (= ‘Earth Mother’ in Bengali) is a 2.3 acre farmland, leased from a tribal village on rent, surrounded by forests and hills in southern Odisha. A farm house is being built, to accommodate visiting activists, research students and farmers.

Watch a short video of Basudha’s work from filmmaker and photographer Jason Taylor.

Basudha farm was established in early 2001 in Bankura district of West Bengal as the field station of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, shifted to Rayagada district, Odisha in 2010, and registered as a trust body. Basudha aims to conserve India’s vanishing rice varieties; encourage, demonstrate and support organic farming and traditional methods of multiple cropping; research in the human ecology of uncultivated foods from the wild; research and document ecoforestry practices; and preserve and develop local knowledge of biodiversity and its uses. Basudha is a partner of the nationwide anti-WTO movement, and locally engaged in non-formal education and heuristic science teaching for the rural youth. Basudha also gives practical training in ecological agriculture.

Manuring NOTE: Basudha’s conservation activities have now been shifted to Rayagada district of southern Odisha [detail here]. While there is no farm experiments or conservation activity currently underway in West Bengal, Basudha’s adobe farm house and arboretum in Bengal are still open for visitors. If you are willing to book your accommodation at the old Basudha premises, please contact Mr. Debashis Chatterjee at his cell: (+91) 9830057531 and email: debindia@vsnl.net

Every year, scientists, research scholars, students, activists and farmers from different parts of the world visit Basudha – to teach, learn from, and share ideas with, Basudha workers and farmers in the surrounding villages. WWOOFers find Basudha to be a favourite farm to stay and work in. The new Basudha campus in Odisha is now open for WWOOFers and volunteers. The Annual Basudha Festival, held in Winter every year, is a special event in which students, environmentalists, artists and conservationists from different parts of the world come to participate.

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The new Basudha farmhouse is an example of ecological architecture with (almost) zero-ecological footprint – with adobe, mud, lime, sand and stones. The structure involves several arches, domes and Nubian vaults – all made of adobe and mud. The farmhouse needs volunteers to complete the building process.

Click here to watch Jason’s new video on conservation work at new Basudha in Odisha.

Nubian vault Seed Vault

N.B. Basudha’s work does not receive financial support from any funding agency – whether governmental or non-governmental. All activities are fuelled by the Trustees’ personal donations, and those from friends. We are thus constrained to impose a modest charge on guests for their stay at Basudha. The tariff per capita per diem, is as follows:

  • INR 100 for WWOOFers
  • INR 300 for course students & researchers
  • INR 500 for tourists and others
  • INR 50 (around Euro 1) less for Repeat Visitors.

The fees are for accommodation and simple vegetarian meals, with rice as staple. Anything extra (e.g. bread/ beverages/ meat) will be at cost.

The trustees have the right to waive charges or to refuse to host any visitor.

 

View from SouthBasudha Fest

Location

 

The old Basudha farmhouse is located at Binodbati mouza, P.O. Layekbandh of Bankura district (23˚12′ 25.6″ N, 87˚16′ 54.3″ E). Nearest railway stations: Bishnupur (22 km) and Durgapur (41 km).View Satellite image of BASUDHA on googlemap

The new Basudha farm is located in a remote tribal village of Rayagada district. For security reasons, the exact location is disclosed only to WWOOFers and genuine research students upon inquiry.

Basudha does not encourage pleasure trips by urban joy-seekers or picnickers, but is open only to WWOOFers, research students, and activists who are willing to participate and assist in our activities.

Please contact us for road map and directions.

Last Updated (Sunday, 18 August 2013 14:32)