Area: Jaén, CajamarcaHola. I am in the process of reviving and improving the coffee plantation that I inherited from my parents. In collaboration with a government assistance program and the help of the farm manager, an Englishmen, we are hoping to make the farm beneficial and sustainable for the region. In addition, we will to continue to improve the quality of the coffee and increase our share in the market. It is believed this area grows the best coffee in the world but it is not well known internationally. Tourists are almost unheard of here and the culture of the Andean people is completely intact. The locals only speak spanish so you can expect to be immersed in the language and welcomed to the community. Hola soy una mujer que decidió recuperar la hacienda cafetalera que herede de mis padres, tengo un hijo que aun esta en la universidad y estudia hoteleria. Vivo sola en la hacienda y he organizado un grupo de agricultores en una asociación para conseguir la ayuda del gobierno, tanto para mejorar nuestra calidad de café como para llegar a procesarlo y vender una parte en el mercado nacional, la otra parte la podríamos exportar.
Area: Liguria*** I AM NOT HOSTING AT THE MOMENT We are restructuring a few years a small room on the ground floor of a rural building in a village 900 meters above sea level in the Ligurian Alps, called the Little Tibet; ancient Celtic settlement of which there are the remains of the church on the top of the village, was destroyed the late nineteenth century by an earthquake that decimated the population; over the last ten years began a slow recovery of the housing as well as our family would like to complete the restructuring of this place is that the historical memory of the peasant origins of a part of our family
Area: Southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, CanadaI have a working farm stay opportunity available in a rural seaside community on Vancouver Island just outside of Victoria, BC. My place is a working dairy goat farm and animal sanctuary on a bus route and a few minutes bicycle ride from the core of Sooke. It is a 2 acre property surrounded by the natural beauty of British Columbia's rugged coastline, forest hiking trails filled with wild wonders and farm lands that make up our vibrant local food system. There's pristine ocean beaches within walking distance where you can marvel at the antics of otters, seals and bald eagles as you relax while taking in a majestic sunset at the end of a rewarding workday. Perhaps you'd like to take a refreshing swim on a hot day in the lake just down the road or catch yourself a rainbow trout for breakfast? We need people who are physically capable of doing heavy farm work such as haying, fencing or carpentry projects. Chores will vary depending on the needs of the farm and preference will be given to people with carpentry skills. People chosen for this opportunity must be energetic, motivated self starters with cheerful dispositions. I refuse to get involved in personal disagreements between people so being a team player is vital. Likewise, it is important that people be capable of working effectively for long periods of time on their own. Creative people with viable ideas are always welcome but those who need to constantly challenge the working dynamics of a successful system need not apply. I've been a farmer for 35 years and my reasoning is typically based in that experience. Duties will include activities such as animal care, cleaning barns, building, fencing, helping run a farm market, establishing gardens, putting up greenhouses, weeding, brushing out overgrown areas, harvesting/processing food crops, planting seasonal crops, and overall farm maintenance. I have to emphasize this is a working farm and NOT a "farm zoo" so playing with animals all day is not an option. Opportunities for people to learn about small scale farming abound on this tiny dairy goat farm by the seaside. Although the work will be physically demanding, the rewards of this unique experience could be beyond measure for the right people. We have a camper, that sleeps a maximum of 4, to offer as lodging. It's equipped with bedding, cooking utensils, a furnace, fridge and stove, which all operate on propane. Lighting is provided by battery operated candles. The bathroom facilities are communal and located upstairs in the house. You're welcome to use the kitchen in the house if you wish. The camper is snuggled in a dappled sunlit grove of shade trees. There's a little fireplace in the grove for you enjoy outdoor cooking or a nights under the stars. As for food, people chosen to participate in our farm stay will have to have the ability to purchase some of their own food or "chip in" towards group meals. Fresh farm products such as milk, fresh eggs, cheese and oven baked bread will be supplied for your benefit and enjoyment when they are available. We recently secured the use of a canoe located on the lake. The canoe provides great access to some pretty good fishing spots so fresh caught trout has become a pretty regular part of our diet. Imagine waking up to the sounds of songbirds singing on gentle ocean breezes. Imagine hearing the whisper of the wind in the tree tops as you walk go for walks dogs along forest paths filled with cool air and earthy scents. Imagine sitting by the ocean listening to the rhythmic lapping of waves against the shores as the sinking sun on the horizon marks the end of another day in paradise. If this sounds like an experience you would enjoy, feel free to contact me. Cheers.
Area: Midi PyreneesWe are a couple who live and work in the hills between Toulouse and the Pyrenees, in the south of France. Gaia is Italian, I'm British, Linden is our 6 month old baby boy and we have a dog and a cat. At the moment we are looking for a reliable trustworthy couple who can house-sit for us for a few weeks while we're away. We are leaving for a tour with our band which will take us to Provence, England and then Italy before returning in the second week of august. Your work will not be too stressful, but you will need to feed the cat and tend the vegetable patch, strim the garden etc. We have a gypsy caravan that needs restoring, and, if you have relevant skills we may ask you to get started on this, and our aquaponics system (fish and vegetables living in synergie... in batchtubs) could do with being installed and tested.... our village is quite isolated, so you'll need either a car, or a string pair of cycling legs to get to the markets and shops. However we have a lot of frined in the area who will be happy to involve you in what's going on in the area. This is a great chance to see this area in the summer, where there are colourful markets, music, street theatre, fetes and other gatherings practically all the time. We'd prefer a couple and someone who can be here ASAP! About us: We work in the creative arts, I am a one-man-band in the traditional, drum kit on the back and playing multiple instruments together, sense. Gaia graduated in Indian languages and she is a street performer. We run a number of music based projects from here mainly based upon intercultural collaboration and we have a small recording studio here where we bring together musicians from around the world 2 or 3 times a year. We are trying to develop our lives as independently as possible. We run a small record label from here, an association for the diffusion of cultural and artistic activities, and we have musical activities developing all the time. We are also hoping to put an aquaponics system in place this spring, some raised vegetable beds, get some chickens buld a coop, plant fruit trees and much more. we live as simply as we can, we're miles from supermarkets so we go maybe once every 6 weeks to stock up on essentials - what we can't make, grow or buy from local markets, we make beer, mozarella (with plans for other cheeses) and so on. we'd like to do some redecorating perhaps, but we never have the time, we eat everything as long as it's local, non GM and preferably organic, that doesn't mean we can't cater for vegetarians but we do eat meat that either comes from local farms or from our back yard! We don't have much land but we do want to maximise it. Talula our border collie is 2 years old and is completely and utterly insane - in a good way, she's extremely gentle and sweet natured but she is obsessed with tennis balls to a disturbing degree, and this can be distracting - hitting balls into the field with a hurley (hockey stick) is a large part of any workawayers job!
Area: Porto and NorthWe live in a farm.Near Serra da Estrela.(30 km) we hve animals:donkeys,horses,chickens ducks cats and dogs.We are 75 and 78 years old,my husband and I but we move a lot.We have three little houses we rent to tourists.We have workshops of art and theatre.Lots of things to do!...