The ongoing work of creating greater beauty in order here in this eco-agriculture demonstration farm in a remote corner of the Andes of northern Ecuador, is a grateful answer to the questions, “How can I best serve a vital change? How can I serve life? “ What we can explain is limited, compared to what we can convey by example and transmit by doing. We have the exalted privilege to daily explore what it means to create for the highest good, while playing with unlimited possibilities. Others need not to be convinced to change; being surrounded by visual example and the frequency of inspired action is sufficient to implant a desire to create something better. We celebrate the opportunity to experiment with and demonstrate a much needed new model of agriculture, that in reality is a rediscovery and deeper exploration of ancient wisdom. Most of my neighbors here in Intag, an area known for its many clear cool rocky rivers, steep green mountains and abundant bird life, earn their living on small family farms, persisting with a model of “modern “ agriculture even though challenged by the cost and toxicity of purchased inputs. Truly sustainable ways of growing food optimize the health and diversity of the life of the soil. When soil life is balanced, plants have constant availability to nutrients so naturally are resistant to insects and diseases, and produce nutrient-dense food and store away carbon in the soil. Minerals are held in this dynamic system and are not lost to ground and surface water. We enhance soil biology by minimizing tillage, protecting the soil with mulches and cover crops, making and applying a range of native microorganism rich “bio-fertilizantes”, and including trees into the growing systems, and more.
As a volunteer you will be able to enjoy one of the most beautiful places on earth, and may be inspired to create similar examples of living growing systems as some of our previous volunteers from more than 16 countries have done. You'll learn all about our practices for enhancing our planet's soil. You will connect with native, indigenous food and medicinal plants, apiculture (bees), aquaculture (fish), ecological building practices, and much more.
The natural world thrives by cooperation and so do we. Together we can be a gentle and still powerful influence for the healing and renewing of our planet and ourselves.
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." R. Buckminster Fuller
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Kerry has a degree in agronomy from Auburn University in the US, has worked as an architectural designer for most of his professional life, and has been studying and practicing organic gardening and natural healing and wellness for more than 3 decades.
Our days are filled with planting, mulching, harvesting, and all things related to exploration of the potential we have for growing great food and enhancing biodiversity. Help with food preparation, and clean up is always needed. We mainly eat vegetarian, lots of our own beans, greens and fruit, but we do also have beef raised on our pasture and soon to have our own fish, dairy and eggs. We welcome those with construction skills, since there always seems to be something waiting to be built.
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You will have your own bedroom and shared kitchen. All meals are provided with the understanding that with food available, you may have to make breakfast and some dinners for yourself. The most rustic element for some will be using the dry-composting toilet system. Much of our nearly 80 acres is steep native forest, with walking trails and a sizable waterfall you can explore. There are also community work days and gatherings from time to time we’ll be joining.
There are numerous tourist and hiking options in this beautiful valley of Intag. We are only a 1 1/2 drive from Otavalo and the closest town, Apuela, is a 20 minute drive/1 hour walk.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.
More than two
Minimum of 5 hours a day, 4 or 5 days per week.
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