Almost Heaven Farms is an Active Permaculture Education Centre in Nepal.

Almost Heaven Farms is an Active Permaculture Education Centre in Nepal.

Almost Heaven Farms is a permaculture demonstration, training, research and resource centre based out of Ilam, Nepal in the eastern hillside of the Himalayas.  AHF supports farming communities transition to Regenerative Agriculture, restoring local soils, water sources and ecologies.  Much more than only organic farming and beyond sustainable, we work with farmers to adapt to climate change and join the global effort to repair the damage done to the earth.

WHAT WE DO - REGENERATIVE

Regenerative Agriculture Drawing

PERMACULTURE

Design and Consulting

Offering 16+ years of experience in the fields of community development, sustainable agriculture and permaculture, we offer professional design and consultancy services for your land, project or business.

Regenerative Agriculture Hands-on Learning

HANDS-ON

Learning Opportunities

A diversity of demonstration sites, trainings and internships to immerse yourself in, to learn the latest methods of ecological restoration and permaculture design.

Regenerative Women's Development

REGENERATIVE

Community Development

One can not be sustainable in a bubble.  AHF is part of a more broad approach being taken to helping develop a network of communities engaged in regenerative development across the Himalayan Bioregion

Almost Heaven Farms is a permaculture demonstration, training, research and resource centre based out of Ilam, Nepal in the eastern hillside of the Himalayas.  AHF supports farming communities to transition to Regenerative Agriculture, restoring local soils, water sources and ecologies.  Much more than only organic farming and beyond sustainable, we work with farmers to adapt to climate change and join the global effort to repair the damage done to the earth.

WHAT WE DO - REGENERATIVE

Regenerative Agriculture Drawing

PERMACULTURE

Design and Consulting

Offering 16+ years of experience in the fields of community development, sustainable agriculture and permaculture, we offer professional design and consultancy services for your land, project or business.

Regenerative Agriculture Hands-on Learning

HANDS-ON

Learning Opportunities

A diversity of demonstration sites, trainings and internships to immerse yourself in, to learn the latest methods of ecological restoration and permaculture design.

Regenerative Women's Development

REGENERATIVE

Community Development

One can not be sustainable in a bubble.  AHF is part of a more broad approach being taken to helping develop a network of communities engaged in regenerative development across the Himalayan Bioregion

Zachary Barton

Zachary is a permaculture designer, activist and teacher who has been living in Nepal since 2003. In 2005, he founded the Kamala Foundation—an organization committed to bringing the principles of permaculture to life and providing community-based programming to cultivate resilience and revitalize traditional and ecological ways of being. He established Almost Heaven Farm in 2013, where he researches, demonstrates and trains local farmers and international visitors in permaculture design, earth-based building and ecological restoration. Specializing in program design and implementation, Zachary has worked in communities across Nepal and was instrumental in co-founding the Resilience Through Recovery Project [weblink], which employed permaculture techniques to help villages recover from the devastating earthquakes of 2015. Zachary’s vision is informed by the notion that to empower the powerless one must work to “create a million villages to replace nation states” (Bill Mollison).  He is currently working to develop a network of communities committed to regenerative development across the Himalayan bioregion.

Zachary Barton

Zachary is a permaculture designer, activist and teacher who has been living in Nepal since 2003. In 2005, he founded the Kamala Foundation—an organization committed to bringing the principles of permaculture to life and providing community-based programming to cultivate resilience and revitalize traditional and ecological ways of being. He established Almost Heaven Farm in 2013 [weblink], where he researches, demonstrates and trains local farmers and international visitors in permaculture design, earth-based building and ecological restoration. Specializing in program design and implementation, Zachary has worked in communities across Nepal and was instrumental in co-founding the Resilience Through Recovery Project [weblink], which employed permaculture techniques to help villages recover from the devastating earthquakes of 2015. Zachary’s vision is informed by the notion that to empower the powerless one must work to “create a million villages to replace nation states” (Bill Mollison).  He is currently working to develop a network of communities committed to regenerative development across the Himalayan bioregion.

Shova Devi Magar

Shova was born and raised in the remote farming village of Jhapa in the far south-east corner of Nepal. Famous for its wild elephants and Sal forests, this region provided a naturally-rich environment for her to experience and learn from during her youth. Hailing from the Magar people, she has been profoundly influenced by her deep cultural roots and an innate sense of community and sacred ecology. In 2000, she moved to Kathmandu and helped develop Prisoners Assistance Nepal [weblink]—an organization that provides care for prisoners and their children across Nepal. In 2010 she co-founded Nepal’s first sustainable children’s home, a permaculture farm and residence providing holistic care for eleven children whose parents are imprisoned.  In 2016 she helped design and establish Mother Earth Children’s Home—the second holistic care home for children.  By applying a practical ethic of care, she has brought health, happiness and an enduring sense of resilience to the most disadvantaged children and communities in Nepal.

Shova Devi Magar

Shova was born and raised in the remote farming village of Jhapa in the far south-east corner of Nepal. Famous for its wild elephants and Sal forests, this region provided a naturally-rich environment for her to experience and learn from during her youth. Hailing from the Magar people, she has been profoundly influenced by her deep cultural roots and an innate sense of community and sacred ecology. In 2000, she moved to Kathmandu and helped develop Prisoners Assistance Nepal [weblink]—an organization that provides care for prisoners and their children across Nepal. In 2010 she co-founded Nepal’s first sustainable children’s home, a permaculture farm and residence providing holistic care for eleven children whose parents are imprisoned.  In 2016 she helped design and establish Mother Earth Children’s Home—the second holistic care home for children.  By applying a practical ethic of care, she has brought health, happiness and an enduring sense of resilience to the most disadvantaged children and communities in Nepal.

Alisha Magar

Alisha manages all outreach work and project management off-site in Nepal.  She took her Permaculture Design Course at the age of 16 and has completed her Permaculture ToT as well as started her Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design.

Bijay Waiba

Bijay is the farm manager at AHF and takes care of over 6 hectares of farm land, poly-tunnels, animals systems as well as coordinating all guests, demonstrations and research projects.

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