Mushroom growing in central Colombia



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    We are a fully operational mushroom farm run by Dutch and Colombian partners. We would like to convert our farm in an ECO project where the residues and resources generated by the modern mushroom farming methods will be fully complemented by ancient permaculture.

    The farm is located 200 m from the main road between Pereira and Armenia on a 14 acre lot. It borders with the local school and a small steam. Next to the mushroomfarm it has pasture, natural and planted forest. The idea is to blend company and school activities in a socially and economic sustainable way. The children from the school are the potentially future workers. As a Company we would like to generate in them (and in our actual employees) social and ecologic awareness, and bring them in contact with other cultures.

    The project is very ambitious and includes planting of trees to generate shelter for animals and plants, planting of traditional crops without using chemical fertilizers and insecticides, create contact between our local workers and our workawayers, generate a commercial and information center adjacent to the school and highway about our products and way of live.

    The project aims to combine modern mushroom farming and marketing (social media) with ancient agriculture in order to improve the quality of live for the owners, coworkers, neighbors, our clients and of course our Workawayers. The whole project is based upon the slowfood and slowcity philosophy.

    At the moment it is more a dream than reality, but we think we have all the necessary ingredients and with the help of workawayers we can give structure to the whole concept. The project has been quiet for some time (years) now, time in which we did not receive Workawayers, this explains the good reviews but low replay rates. The idea after the Corona Virus crisis is to restart the whole project as self sufficiency will be more important than ever.

    Leonor, the Colombian partner has lived in Holland, Germany and Saudi Arabia. She takes care of the administration is a great cook and likes handicrafts.

    Me, Peter the Dutch partner, am in charge of production, the tecnoligy and all the new projects. I like to travel and show my guests around.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Elderly Companionship
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Charity Work
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity 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

    Travelers can interact with my workers and the kids from the school. Pereira has a language club where expats and Colombians meet and organize events.

    Al tough Volunteers will not work at the mushroom farm they have the opportunity to learn about mushroom growing. Hands on practice in carpentry, bamboo construction, permaculture.

  • Help


    We would like to receive volunteers of all different professions and look with them how their skills can be best put to use on our wide variety of projects according to their skills and available time to stay with us.

    The basic idea is that you can interact with our workers, so they can broaden their views, and we will receive help and motivation to pursue our dream.

    Some things we would like to do and where Workaways could give us a hand:

    - Working in our recently set up permaculture garden.
    - Building a kitchen/social area in the middle of the permaculture garden.
    - Creating a Webpage and setting up social media to promote our mushrooms and our ECO project.
    - Experimenting with mushroom recipes and local food to promote consumption.
    - Landscaping and gardening.
    - Photography, photo editing, digital art to promote mushroom consumption.
    - Teaching English and environmental awareness to the kids of the school and our employees.
    - Setting up a green house and plant nursery.

    On a more personal level I would like to learn more about vegetarian cooking.

    The list can go on and on, so if you are interested to stay with us but don´t see your particular skills listed, just let us know and tell us what you are good at or what you would like to do and we will find a way to keep you busy.

    We don´t want the Workawayers to compete with jobs for the local workers, they should bring in new skills and motivate our employees to improve their lives by learning from, and interacting with, other cultures.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Volunteers recently built a Tiny A Frame Cabin and an open air bathroom in a forest. All is Off Grid. Next to the cabin there is the possibility to put up one or two tents. Living conditions are primitive but fairly comfortable.

    For the moment we can host only one person or couple at a time in the cabin. In case of several volunteers you would have to live in a tent.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The farm is right at the center of the of the Colombian Coffee Triangle

    From here you can explore the coffee culture and visit villages like "Salento" and "Filandia" just half an hour away. Or the first Latin American Slowcity "Pijao". The capitals "Pereira, Armenia or Manizales".

    For the adventurous, crossing the mountains from Salento to Manizales in a 3 day walk over snow covered volcanoes.

    Visit coffee farms, fish farms, thermal wells and enjoy the impressive nature.

    Learn salsa dancing in Cali (just 3 hours away by bus), meet locals and other foreign visitors at the local bars or Coushsurfing meetings.

    We will gladly advise you on your options or even accompany you.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Working on this option, for 4 x 4 campers I have an excellent site.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    About 25 hours a week. It doesn´t really matter if 6 days a few hours or a few full days. We will work something out so you have time to explore the surrounding area.

Host ref number: 335534286112