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Stay in a traditional farmhouse and learn about permaculture, conservation and natural tourism in Salento, Colombia

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Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a research and education centre for sustainable agriculture, biology and nature tourism.

    The reserve's off-grid location offers direct contact with virgin forests, water springs and waterfalls. Rainwater is harvested and supplied throughout the farm and the house is powered by solar and wind energy.

    This family owned project, produces over 30 different varieties of fruits, vegetables and flowers, supplying food and water to thousands of people in the region.

    Jose, the Project's Administrator, is a civil engineer with a master in urban water engineering. Worked on designing and building green infrastructure in Bogota for more than 5 years. Did the PDC in permaculture in Thailand and decided to start this project with his wife who is studying medicinal plants, crystals, and flowers for human welfare.

    Permaculture Master Plan guides our sustainable productive models of crops of medicinal plant, native tuber, vegetable orchard, flowers, fruit forest, composting, worm farm and forest-pasture systems of animals. The projects that need help are the medicinal plant beds, the food forest, flower greenhouses, organic waste composting and the garden around the house.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Hospitality/Tourism
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Farm within the nature reserve Barbas-Bremen, surrounded by nature, waterfalls, water springs, a variety of birds, native forest, ecological trails, organic crops. Typical house of the coffee region with more than 50 years in "bahareque" of wood and tile in mud, the stove works with wood, in the house lives a traditional local farmer family with which space, its customs, and culture are shared. It is an ideal place to disconnect from the city and meet nature and its essence.

  • Help

    Help

    1. Picking the fruits and food every day from the food forest, orchard and nursery.
    2. Picking up manure and other elements around the property to produce composted soil.
    3. Daily routine activities like cutting herbs, applying organic fertilizers to crops, pruning among others.
    4. Taking care of the animals like putting to them water, food, taking the milk from cows, collecting eggs among others.
    5. Preparing new land to plant new crops.
    6. Since we are a starting the project we have plans and lots of projects that we need extra hands with.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Part of the experience is that the farm is off-grid. We harvest our own rainwater and produce electricity through solar and wind energy. This makes it a sustainable, exotic, different and special space. The nights will be unforgettable looking at the stars.

    Workawayers will be required to stay in the camping area. Tent and blankets will be provided. There are dry toilets a shower and a hut in the camping area.

    The house has a limited amount of rooms for the family that works there and tourists.
    The house is inhabited by the family of farmers with whom you share the bathroom and the kitchen, this with wood and gas stove, dining room, stone laundry, table and chairs, hammock in the corridor, garden with swing and chairs outside. There are coffee and medicinal plants available to drink. It is a magical place to go back in time and live in the midst of simplicity, comfort, and nature.

    We will provide the 3 meals and accommodation for 25 hours help a week.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We offer eco-touristic activities such as camping, hiking and birdwatching.

    There are several touristic towns nearby called Salento and Filandia.

    The farm is 4 km away by unpaved road from the highway that joins Armenia with Pereira. One way to get to the house is on a Willys or a contracted transport from Circasia, Salento or Filandía (Request us for contacts).

    You can also get there on the bus from Armenia or Pereira to the restaurant Parador Los Robles del Quindío and then walk through an unpaved road 4 km (around 1 hour) to the house.

    The owners of the project are constantly between the farm and Armenia and we can arrange to pick up or bring down to main towns.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours/day, 5 days/week

Host ref number: 169278558454

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