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The Finca is a local family owned farm of about 135 acres located in La Ribera near San Isidro del General.
We are a Costa Rican family of six (Guillermo and Luz and 4 children (23,22, 21 and 15 years old)
To generate income to keep the farm going we grow coffee, bananas, plantains, coconuts, star fruit, and other fruits. We also grow vegetables in Luz's organic gardens. We have composting as well as worm composting. We sell organic fruits, vegetables and eggs from our 400 chickens at the local farmers market.
-We can't accomodate families with children younger than 12 years old, or dogs. Thanks for understanding-
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
There are multiples tasks during the day. It all depends on what you want to do, what has to be done, and the season. You can help collecting the eggs or milking the cows, gardening or harvesting, picking up mangos, avocados, passion fruit, oranges, lemons, coffee or bananas, go and check the cattle, fix a fence, sell in the farmer's market, prepare an empanada or a tortilla, help with the animals, compost, recycle among many more. There is always something to do and if you find the joy in doing it then every day will be a special day.
The work at the farm takes time to learn. Because we want volunteers to be able to learn more than the basics and also we want to get to know them we have a minimum stay of 2 weeks.
It is free to come and stay and volunteer here though if you want to stay long term (more than 3 weeks) we ask you to contribute a fee to support your stay.
-All meals provided: included vegetarian. Sadly we are not able to accommodate anymore to vegan or raw diets.
-Laundry (you bring your own soup)
-Kitchen is always available
-Internet at least once a week (not available at the house, but available at the farmer's market.)
-Phone is available to receive calls.
-Transportation when traveling with the family.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours per day (max 25hours/week)