Help me walk the permaculture talk on becoming self sufficient in Las Tunas, Ecuador

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  • Last activity: 05/02/2023



 Min stay requested: 1 week or less



  • Description


    I am a biologist on a three year sabbatical to develop my 4 hectare farm with a holistic yet pragmatic view.
    This is my lifelong project where I hope to grow old in great health and style. Until recently I was working full time and did not have the time to develop the farm. Now I can focus on the things I like. Permaculture, gardening, bread-making, painting and bird-watching are some of my favorite activities.
    i have always been interested in the idea of self sustainability, and I am taking the time, while I am still "young" to put it into practice.
    There are many nice projects coming along,
    I am sculpting the land to make the best of natural irrigation and prevent erosion. This is an ongoing project.

    I am starting a coffee pad. I expect to have coffee beans by 2024
    I am re-starting a bean garden. I expect to have beans later this year
    Seeding, transplanting, weeding, pruning and composting are ongoing chores I need help with.
    All our projects are small scale for domestic use. One day, we will produce enough to set up a small stand on the side of the road.
    I have built an airy henhouse, and we had one generation of hen and great eggs. During the pandemic I sold and gave away all my chickens. At the moment, the henhouse is starting over with 10 young hens.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • 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 who wish to practice their Spanish or their English may benefit from helping here.
    Las Tunas and Ayampe are places where locals appreciate and welcome people from all nationalities. You would have a chance to share your free time with very gentle and friendly people. The best restaurants in the county are here in Las Tunas.
    Also, the surfing culture is alive and well. Bring your board or rent one in town! Surf and kayak lessons available in town. Diving excursions and certification available in town.
    The gastronomy of this province is the most famous of Ecuador. The main port town of Puerto Lopez is only 15 min away, here you may always find fresh produce, including great seafood.

  • Help


    Gardening: a kitchen garden is an ongoing project, ever changing, as the seasons. This coming year, we would like to start again a bean section with your help.
    Artisanal Beer making: I will be attempting my first batch of home brewed beer in early November. We are planning to experiment with some hops seeds too!!
    Help with the chickens: I have downsized my chicken coop to only 3 hens. They seem to be thriving but not laying eggs yet.
    Edible garden: Adding a bean garden and a coffee bean patch
    General maintenance: fence repair, weeding, fire wood cutting, carpentry, fixes and repairs.
    Agricultural landscaping. I am applying the Berm & Basin idea in order to take advantage of gravity for irrigation as this technique also helps prevent erosion. The berms will be used to create a food and fine woods forest.
    It is required that you keep your room clean and orderly, and help keeps common areas clean and clutter free.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Private room in the main house. Double bed with canopy mosquito netting. Reading lamp. Windows with mountain views. Shared bathroom w hot water.
    WiFi. Drinking water. Access to the kitchen and grill. No tobacco smokers. 420 discreet.
    We do NOT offer MEALS at the moment. The fruit trees are not producing yet. The vegetable garden is just started and there is a little arugula and a couple sprigs of celery, but not enough to survive on it just yet
    This is the perfect time for us to learn how to begin to walk the talk!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Las Tunas is a small coastal town where life is simple. Our farm is 350m from the beach. Las Tunas is well known for surfing with several good beach breaks. Ayampe is renown for birdwatching all year round. Within walking distance there are a variety of restaurants and inexpensive eateries. There is superb mass transportation with busses running north and south every 30 min. The bus stop is two blocks away. The hip towns of Montañita and Ayampe are 30 km and 9 km away.

  • 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

    The farm has fast internet. It is fiber optic, uncanny for such a remote place. Yes, very convenient! So, I do not offer food yet, the farm only produces tangerines and you can have as much of that as you wish during season, but no food yet. In exchange, one or two workawayers may share an airy, bright and spacious room with fast internet. The farm is two short blocks from one of the best sandy beaches in Ecuador. Las Tunas beach is known as a SURFING destination.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Yes, there is room for a camper van, but not for a large motor home. I also have an area with bathrooms where you can park your van.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week (no food provided)

Host ref number: 584649427195

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