Welcome to our fundo ! Thank you for your interest in being a volunteer with us. The farm (fundo) is 1000ha of which half is beech forest and the rest is rolling to hilly pasture. We run about 1500 sheep (Corridale and Multi Purpose Merino) and cattle (depending on the time of year)
We are available to show and explain all aspects of Holistic Management, from the Holistic Context and Grazing Planning through to the practicalities of electric fencing and stock movements.
Who are we? We are a family starting out on our own farming adventure, a husband and wife team. Jose Manuel is a trained veterinarian who specializes in ovine production and reproduction through his business in Punta Arenas . Elizabeth is originally from New Zealand with a background in dairy farming. Together we purchased our fundo in 2013.
Jose Manuel has two kids, Jose Ignacio (13) and Magdalena (11) who join us on the farm during school holidays. We also have a daughter, Sara (3) and Benjamin who was born at Christmas 2017.
This year we are up scaling our horticultural production growing vegetables and selling (mostly) salad vegetables and strawberries to restaurants and lodges in Coyhaique. We also sell to families who appreciate the sustainable, chemical free, style of production.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
We work with Holistic Management and are happy to share with you our experiences. We are also learning about Permaculture and implementing some of these concepts.
We like to do things as naturally as possible and our diet is loosely based on the concepts of the Weston A Price Foundation.
Plans change from day to day, but you might be asked to help in any of the following!
•. Taking care of 700 laying hens, feeding, cleaning, collecting eggs
• Cutting, washing and preparing vegetable for sale
• Weeding, seeding or transplanting in the greenhouses or garden
• Preparing for and attending tourists/visitors (cleaning, preparing breakfasts, washing dishes, changing sheets etc)
• Delivery of products to clients
• Stacking and chopping firewood
• Moving mobs of animals on foot or horseback
• Preparing meals, washing dishes or helping in the farm house
• Seasonal work such as shearing, lamb marking, artificial insemination of the sheep, weighing cattle etc
You do not need to have experience in any of these areas – only a willingness to learn and work hard!
Depending on the time of year and availability you might stay in a tent, a small room in the sheep shed or a rustic hut.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week