Even during this "pandemic" we’ve hosted some great volunteers – . Since we continue to lay the foundations of our project, we are most drawn to volunteers with some knowledge of agricultiure, permaculture, construction, property maintenance or related activities. Of upmost interest are those with sufficient experience to enable them to work independently at least part of the time. We enjoy hosting 2-3 volunteers at a time – who are interested in remote living and in participating in developing an organic project in the topics.
At the moment we are engaging in several improvements in our operation and could use some strong hands. One is we're setting up the internal structure of the sheep shed. Another is extending the workshop and storage building to better meet our needs. Of course those projects are in addition to the normal vegetable garden, fruit trees, banana plants, coffee crop, bamboo and property and animal management issues.
So the overview is this: nearly 7 years ago my husband and I (Jeff and Starr) bought a 26 acre overgrown conventional coffee plantation (think agro-chemicals ) in a pleasant climate, with an awesome view and endless possibilities - in the mountains of Costa Rica. Since landing here we've been trying to do all the fun little organic, permaculture projects that we've dreamed of all our lives while developing the infrastructure necessary to support it.
That's where you come into the picture. We're looking for volunteers that are interested in remote, rustic living and that have a liking for bananas.
The main focus has been on learning about and creating circular sustainability to the extent we find feasible. Naturally one of the first efforts is in reviving the fertility of the soil and reforesting. We have planted about 65 different species of tropical fruit trees (some of which are now beginning to produce fruit), 30 different varieties of bananas and plantains and thousands of other trees!! Plus we planted 150 additional bamboo plants to help reduce soil erosion and serve as a renewable building resource. But also, about half the property has grown wild naturally, with trails lacing through the vigorous forest regrowth. And thankfully, gradually the wildlife is returning to take its natural place.
Since this is a certified organic property, we maintain a small herd of sheep to help out with fertilizer production.. Volunteers are comfortable staying in the 80 year old rustic homestead cabin which has 3 private rooms.
The WHERE and WHAT of what it means to you:
We are located about 2 km from public bus service with an hourly schedule into San Isidro, the regional supply depot 15 km away. Normally we go to town on Thursdays for the "feria"/farmer's market and are happy to take you along if you don't mind waiting for us to run errands. We provide a 4MB wifi internet connection. Plus our friendly dogs, cats, and sheep will be happy to keep you company.
Volunteers live in a separate cabin and have their own bathroom. There is a separate kitchen and dining room to make you more comfortable preparing your own foods, largely with the basic ingredients we provide together with a few veggies available in the garden.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Living here is an opportunity to engage in dynamic organic permaculture - tropical style. You can learn how we manage to survive on a rural property in a foreign country: how to grow, harvest and process coffee; how to care for many types of bananas; how to make MM5 (a homemade version of EM) and how we use it and many other biological amendments. You can learn how to reinvigorate land after many generations of chemical use. Plus you can enjoy the fruits of the land: the bananas, the coffee, the tropical fruits, and the garden.
My husband and I are native English speakers though speak Spanish fluently. We mix with neighbors, locals and other expats to some extent, though really prefer working on our own projects. We are fairly versed in the local culture and traditions and are happy to share what we know.
Just an FYI, this is a remote property.
On an ongoing basis we need assistance overseeing and maintaining our fruit orchards, banana and plantain plantations, bamboo and timber trees. We're especially interested in people with an eye for and fascination with tropical plants. Of course the sheep would also enjoy some personal attention.
We prefer volunteers that would be interested in being here for at least a couple of weeks. If you are attracted to our mission of creating an integrated, organic, sustainable "farm" and have skills and energy to contribute, please get in touch. Let's talk about possibilities. Mainly we're interested in volunteers who are honestly interested in and EXCITED about creating an integrated, productive, clean productive property and about having fun in the process.
Guests share the rustic original homestead cabin, with one room to each person or couple. Outside the cabin is an outhouse. A minute's walk takes you to a nice bathroom and shower facility. Wifi reaches the living areas though phone reception is more sketchy.
Basic meal ingredients are available for Workawayers to do their own cooking in the new kitchen/dining room.
We never miss the large regional farmer's market on Thursdays In San Isidro del General, 15 km away - however we tend to stay in town all day on Thursdays in order to get our town business done. Public buses are clean, respectable and generally on time. Our property is located 3 km from the bus that goes into San Isidro del General. Going to the BIG city, San Jose, is more than a 3 hour bus ride.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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