The Farm

After we said our sad goodbyes to our homestay families we packed our bags and headed to the Farm.

On the first day we were greeted by the main owners Scott and Sunita, who told us their story for why they started the Farm. This farm is a women’s cooperative that has been running for about 8 years now and is home to about 30 women and their children, located in rural Nepal. It’s a safe place for women who’ve experienced discrimination, sexual violence, domestic abuse, and gender inequalities. They all work together as a community to farm, cook, and tend livestock.

The Dashain festival is currently happening in Nepal. It takes place over 15 days celebrating the victory of good over evil. To celebrate, yesterday the group dressed in their formal clothing and joined in with the women at the Farm by eating a big feast for lunch and putting tika on their foreheads. To end the night we had a dance party with everyone at the farm.

The group has participated in two projects while being here. We spent a couple days plastering a wall back of a home using mud and built a swing out of bamboo for the kids to play with. For the swing project we hiked a couple miles up the hill to another village to cut bamboo, then carried it down to a truck that took it back to the farm for us.

The festival has allowed for lots of down time which has given the opportunity for us to interact with the women and learn a little more about what they do every day. Some people have joined in learning how to cook, milk a cow, and educate the children here. Also, some people in the group are participating in Anna’s idea of painting a mural on one of the walls in the main area. When it’s finished it’s going to be a scene of different flowers everyone has painted.