Seeking Housesitters to care for our Farm in Mountains of Panamá

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Panama

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    17/06/2021

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello! We are Ocean, Rachel, and Andros (age 8) and we love the vitality and creativity that international visitors bring to our farm. We have a busy farm growing and producing chocolate, coffee, and many fruits and vegetables.

    We are seeking folks to care for our farm while away. Ideally, someone who could commit to about 2 months, from July 15 to September 15.

    Spanish speakers who are comfortable living in the jungle and working outside to maintain the land and gardens, as well as care for our cat Elsa and a few ducks and chickens. It would not require long hours, but we are looking for responsible, caring, conscious, and capable stewards who also have a passion for living close to nature and value the freedom and responsibilities of homesteading.

    The chocolate and tropical fruit farm is located about 7 km north of the small town of Santa Fe. Right on the Rio Santa Maria, this fertile 1.3 hectares provides us with a consistent and varied supply of food and natural beauty. We have a large harvest of cacao and coffee and are processing it all on the farm. We make a really fine set of chocolate bars that we sell locally and do a cacao farm tour occasionally. The farm is a rich ecosystem of garden and food forest production. We have ducks and chickens.

    We want to be the change we wish to see in world; and to inspire others to homestead and live their Truth. We want to share with others on similar paths.

    We are here to live close to nature, enjoy a healthy low stress life in natural beauty, build community, raise children, and sustain ourselves outside the globalized system. We want to invite people here to enjoy this life with us! We are here to spread the love, peace, joy, and magic that the nature here has shared with us!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • 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

    Santa Fe is home to a still thriving traditional Panamanian campesino culture. Many neighbors are talented artisans and traditional musicians. The area has a rich history and there is much to learn from visiting with neighbors. Folks love to share their stories, especially since the youth are leaving for the city life and the elders know well that soon there will be noone left to carry on their cultural heritage. We have cultivated positive relationships with the community and feel blessed to have been embraced with warm hospitality by our neighbors.

    Our neighbors are mostly subsistance farmers, growing an abundance of food on an abundance of gorgeous fertile land. There is a general reverance for nature here and love of this campo life! We have learned so much about living close to nature from this culture! Bartering and gifting from harvest abundance is a lasting tradition here. There are very few foreigners in the area, but the few nearby have become our friends and are doing really interesting projects, from cheese-making to beekeeping to meade-making.

    You will not be able to leave our farm without accidentally or intentionally learning about plants and their uses. Ocean has a degree in horticulture, permaculture design training, and gives tours of the farm and into the jungle. Rachel teaches yoga and is a Shiatsu practitioner. We home school Andros (age 7) and invite visitors to teach anything they are especially into and to do projects together.

  • Help

    Help

    We are seeking warm, energetic, creative early risers who love spending their time outside getting into the nitty gritty of farm life. Bring your open heart and mind and be prepared to have fun and work with us and work independently.

    Our son Andros loves playful and creative companions to engage with in arts, crafts, and music, physical play, homeschool, river time, hiking, and work projects around the farm.

    We would appreciate help in the gardens, with chocolate and coffee production, and with construction projects. In our down time we weave into our days mini parties of shelling, sorting, and toasting beans.

    We are looking for someone who likes to get up early and start the day together with good vibes and energy for making beauty happen.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Guests are welcome to stay in a rustic cabaña or a variety of tent sites.
    Breakfast and dinner are provided by the host and we all eat together. Please bring anything you might want to prepare for lunches and any other food to supplement your needs. Lunches here are not usually a group meal, as we are often on different rhythms.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The farm borders the Rio Santa Maria, where we have many trails that lead to different swimming holes, each more beautiful than the last! There is also a sacred site of petroglyphs within a five minute walk. A ten minute walk in the other direction leads you to the Parque Nacional de Santa Fe, and endless river and rainforest exploration. From here, the trails into primary forest go all the way to the Caribbean coast in a couple days' hike.

    A chiva (pickup with covered bed and bench seats) passes by the property every hour. It costs $1.50 one way to town and is more or less reliable. Taxis are available to go anywhere in the area, as well. For a weekend (or longer) trip to the Caribbean or Pacific beaches, buses leave from town and it only takes a few hours to get to a variety of beaches on either coastline!

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

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

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