Help with animals and regenerative farming in the mountainous heart of Puerto Rico

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 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

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  • Description

    Description

    A remote 20-acre farm in Utuado, Puerto Rico. As a personal project, we are transitioning the farm from its previous use as a conventional coffee farm into a regenerative, carbon-fixing agroforest-style cacao and grape farm, using no chemicals or synthetic fertilizers.

    We don't produce enough to sell but there are plenty of bananas, plantains, edible roots, papaya, and cacao beans for your personal consumption!

    We are looking for a person or couple to stay for at least 3 months and help with the farm and taking care of animals (dogs, cat, chickens) in exchange for lodging in an independent one bedroom apartment with kitchen and bathroom.

    Located in the center of Puerto Rico, this is the perfect place to reconnect with nature away from the chaos of city and tourist destinations. We have great wi-fi so you can bring your own remote work.

    Please note that Puerto Rico has almost no public transportation and the farm is very remote (and peaceful). It is difficult to get around without a car.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    - Opportunities to practice Spanish
    - Learn permaculture practices at the nearby permaculture school.
    - Regenerative agriculture creating an agroforest-style cacao and grape farm (using no chemicals or synthetic fertilizers).
    - Learn how to live in sync with the cycle of the sun as the energy source.

  • Help

    Help

    Tasks include:
    Mowing the farm paths
    Weeding/Gardening
    Maintaining the banana, coffee, and cacao trees
    Help around the house
    General maintenance

    And, when we are gone -
    Taking care of the animals (3 dogs, a cat, and two chickens)

    We are looking for a physically fit person who enjoys animals (the dogs are VERY friendly), is sociable, calm, and self-sustaining, and interested in getting involved and staying for a minimum of 3 months.

    Experience with regenerative farming practices would be a plus!!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will stay in our downstairs apartment, equipped with a bathroom and functional kitchen (full-size fridge, small oven/stove, and sink).
    You will have your own space and be responsible for most of your own meals.
    The house is 100% powered by a solar photovoltaic system.
    Hot water is provided by a solar water heating system.
    Rainwater is collected and filtered for drinking and bathing.
    The farm is at 2,700 feet so stays fairly cool all year long.
    Bring your natural bug repellent (or use ours) because there are no-see-ums.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Speaking Spanish is helpful but not required.
    The nearest grocery store is in Jayuya about 40 minutes away.
    There is almost no public transportation on the island so a car is highly recommended...if you are fine with just staying put once here and are staying a month, we will pick you up from the airport and take you back.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have high speed internet, a printer, an extra monitor, a projector, and plenty of nice spots around the house to "office".

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Our terrain is quite steep and the internal roads can be muddy but there are stunning spots to park your rig.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week


Host ref number: 352349175671