Help at a sustainable organic farm in Turrialba, Costa Rica


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    In 2002 our young but growing family became weary of the 9 to 5 consumer grind.Worrying about our future we decided to leave it all behind and start something new, different and most importantly sustainable....Neither one of us had experience in farming or living off the land , but putting all fears aside we jumped off and landed in an abandoned coffee farm here in Turrialba Costa Rica. Now 17 years later we are a family farm producing numerous crops, we have dairy cows , chickens and sometimes other animals. We sell our veggies, baked goods, and fresh dairy at a local farmers market. And yes here in the tropics it is year round production -meaning we sell 52 weeks of the year. Recently we acquired a small greenhouse 144sqmts/1550sqft in which we grow the more delicate crops. Also we manage about 1000sqmts/10,000sqft. of field crops mostly sweet potato, peanuts, kale, okra and others. We also have fruits and tubers native to this area.

    Somos una familia de productores organicos. Hace 16 años decidimos hacer un cambio de vida y comprometernos a una vida sostenible y natural ....

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Here you will have the opportunity to learn how to go from nothing to something. How to start , keep ,and expand a growing space. Learn about soil mixes,compost making, biofermented fertilizer, seedling starts and seedling care and everything up to post harvest care , animal care , pasture/forage management , living fences .
    Plus in the kitchen you can learn about clay oven baking, fermented foods, cheese , yogurt and butter making and everything that is farm to table cooking ! Plus sustainable construction, Natural plant medicine, and everything else that has to do with living self reliant.

    Aqui hay mucho para aprender- como producir alimentos sanos en harmonia con el ambiente. Soluciones sostenibles en las construcciónes, además el manejo del horno de barro. Medicina natural . Y entre otros !!!

  • Help


    We are looking for volunteers that have a true sincere interest in agriculture , not travelers looking for a budget stay ...

    As for experience required.... your desire to learn , work and earn your stay is more important than previous experience!

    What we look for in volutarios is the following - People who really want to live the life of a farmer, depend on the land and its endless solutions to feed oneself and even the nearby community. Be able to get up early with a smile and know that where there is a will there is a way !!!!
      Some tasks to be carried out daily are: Prepare areas for crops, start the seedlings, assist in the production of compost (about a ton per month), weeding, production of bio-organic fertilizers and the application of them, keep pastures clean and others. Almost all inputs are produced from resources of the same farm.
    The work tends to be physically demanding , so if you do not like to sweat or feel the muscles in action
    better look for another site. The nature of farmwork is hard physical labor, so know now what you are getting involved in !!!
    Lo que buscamos en volutarios es lo siguiente - Gente que de verdad lo que quieren es vivir la vida de un agricultor, depender de la tierra y su sin fin de solucciones para alimentarse uno mismo y hasta la comunidad cercana. Poder madrugarse con una sonrisa y saber que querer es poder!!!!
    Algunas tareas de llevarse al cabo diario son: Preparar areas para cultivos , iniciar los almacigos , asistir en la produccion de compost(se maneja alrededor de media tonelada por mes) , desyerbadas , produccion de fertilizantes bio-organicos y la aplicacion de los mismos , mantener potreros limpios y otras. Casi todos los insumos se produce de recursos de la misma finca.
    El trabajo tiende ser bastante exegido physicamente,, entonces si no le gusta sudar ni sentir los musculos en accion
    mejor busque otro sitio

  • Languages spoken

    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Simple house without electricity. Maximum 4 people, potable water, toilet, shower. Rancho with wood stove for cooking
    Many ingredients of the meals are from the farm, and weekends you will be responsible for cooking what we provide.
    Minimum stay 4 weeks

    Casita sencilla sin electricidad.Cupo maximo 4 personas , agua potable,inodoro, ducha. Rancho con cocina de leña a la par..
    La alimentación por una parte es de la finca,y fines de semana seran responsables de cocinar lo que les proveemos.
    Estadía mínima 4 semanas

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Turrialba volcano nearby, river rafting trips, Guayabo National Monument and loads more to see and do in the area. Carribean coast a few hours by bus- public transportation close by and easy to use to travel all around the country.
    Very peaceful area, laid back family vibe.

  • 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

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 horas diarios 5 dias por semana

Camote - Sweet potatoe
Nuevo invernadero
Fresh homemade kraut!
Fresh baked bread !

Host ref number: 363951247465