Past Events

2021 : Feb 20 - How to grow a forest

20 Feb 2021 - How to grow a forest        Register

Forests are self sustaining eco-systems. As part of our plan at TVC, we have left aside roughly 30% of our land to develop it as a wild life corridor. But getting to a self sustaining ecosystem may not be as easy as you think. This one day workshop will take you through our journey, answer questions around a forest eco-system and how you can build one (at a small scale and with a low budget)

Following will be the schedule for the program

8:30 - 9:00 : Arrival- Welcome, familiarise yourself with the place
9:00 - 9:30 : Breakfast
9:30 - 10:30 : Forest Ecosystems and its components, tree varieties, germination process, the costs of planting
10:30 - 11:00 : Break
11:00 - 01:00 : Tour of the forest and the upper wild life corridor with some hands on about plant identification, planting etc
01:00 - 02:00 : Lunch break
2:00 - 3:30 : Pre-planting preparation and post planting care, Reducing mortality, Season for planting, source of plants etc.
3:30 - 4:00 : Tea break
4:00 - 4:30 : Final Q&A and wrap up

The workshop will be conducted by Praveen Ram.
Having worked for wildlife conservation, he has walked pristine and virgin forests of around Mysore, Chamarajanagar and Kodagu. In the process he understood how the eco-systems work and their symbiotic relationships. Trees, shrubs and plants form the core of any healthy eco system. He believes that in a forests we must try to mimic these systems as much.
Cost : INT 1,500 / Person


The cost is an all inclusive cost. Please carry your water bottle, a cap, sun-glasses and sun-screen. The hands-on session can be quite laborious and if you are not able to do it yourself, you can choose to watch and learn 🙂

What to expect?

TVC is a 100-acre permaculture farm run by 52 families experimenting with a living style that reduces consumption and incorporates naturally supported cyclical systems.

Details about how to reach are here. Basic etiquettes while you are at the farm are listed here.

The farm is still in the regeneration phase. The weather is pleasant during Aug - Feb.

March to July are hot months, with day temperatures reaching 38+ degrees.

The area of the farm is large and has multiple terrains. You should be able to drive up to the entrance of the farm. Access to various parts of the farm is on foot, and you be comfortable with that. We have farm staff staying in the farm quarters and will take care of you while you are at the farm.

We have some amiable dogs with them at the farm. For any reason, if you feel uncomfortable, please inform the farm staff.

We have a common food hut/pergola where you can keep your things, have food, etc. It also has charging points for the phone. We usually prepare simple food and are happy to share it with the guests.