I found this organic farm only 12 km outside of Jaipur that was offering lodging for a reasonable price and seemed like a cool experience. After I arrived I got a tour of the farm and was impressed with all the organic practices. They are almost completely sustainable with all the vegetables they grow. Even the drinking water comes from the bore well nearby. The farm is owned by a business man in Jaipur who hired a local couple to manage the farm. They are from a small village nearby and spoke mostly Marwadi, so there was a little difficulty in communication. But all food was prepared on the farm and I got my own mud hut to sleep in. I liked the experience, but started to wonder about the “back in time” description that was given to me. It occurred to me that the majority of Indians live like this and possibly even a majority of the world population. My grandparents also lived in rural settings like this, without electricity and using the chula cook stove.
I even started to wonder how much “development” is enough..? This couple running the farm seemed to have everything they need and live pretty well in contrast to their neighbors. Will trading up from a environmentally friendly chula cook stove to our modern appliances really improve their lives?? The only thing they really could use was a regular supply of electricity, but they otherwise seemed to be living a pretty good life. I wondered this in Mexico, too, last year. I learned that in the local markets, many of the farmer stalls were no longer occupied, as people had started to shop in the American-style supermarkets. But us Americans are interested in local food from farmers markets!!
Pictures from my farm stay are below.