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We are an organic farm and permaculture project located a few meters off the coast in Huelmo, about 45 minutes south west of Puerto Montt, Chile.
We work with biodynamic and permaculture techniques in various aspects and have free-ranging chickens, ducks foraging on the beach, a horse, dogs, and a good handful of outdoor cats.
Our garden is on the hilltop overlooking the ocean and is a bountiful vegetable and medicinal herb production system with cultures of raised hügelbeds (wooden cores creating a water retaining reservoir of nutrients) and borders of rocks from the beach (to catch and store heat). Through the application of biofertilizer, compost, bokashi, mussel shells, seaweed, and mulch soup a healthy and productive ecosystem is generated and sustained.
We prioritize valuable learning experiences and the good and peaceful life.
We practice principals such as self-sufficiency, bartering, utilizing local resources, listening to and working with nature, and taking time to observe and contemplate as we develop positive connections with the land and its people.
This is a great place for those interested in learning about permaculture and living simply.
We are also interested in recieving anyone with previous sailboat experience as we are restoring a sailboat that we will be putting in the water within the next couple of months.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
We strive to live a balanced, healthy life.
By participating in our holistic lifestyle, there is no doubt you will learn something about the environment and yourself you did not expect.
We are passionate to be more self-sustainable and are always expanding, we welcome new ideas and perspective on the farm.
There is always lots of projects here at the farm. Examples being... maintaining and expanding the garden, fence building, feeding and caring for the animals, using creativity to build with recycled materials, earth bag construction, bee keeping, sailboat restoration, natural farming methods such as nendo dango fukoka's technique, harvesting vegetables and medicinal herbs from the garden, chopping and collecting fire wood for hot water, cooking with in-season vegetables from the garden, producing and conserving jams, sauces and fermentations, sharing thoughts and ideas in a welcoming environment..
One of the bigger projects on the farm is the construction of a strawbell, roundwood timber frame house using different natural building techniques. We would LOVE recieving anyone with previous construction experience or knowledge!
The minimum stay is 2 weeks however, if all parties are in agreement, we offer the opportunity to stay for longer (6 months to a year) and oversee various projects on the farm while immersing yourself in permaculture, biodynamic and holistic living.
Any physical rehabilitation skills you may have, such a kinesiology, yoga, physiotherapy and anything related to spinal cord injury treatment is a plus!
Spanish, English, Portuguese, Duck
We have various bedrooms to share and provide shared meals troughout the day. The meals are healthy, large and consist of lots of vegetables from the garden, occasional seafood, homemade sourdough integral bread, and gifts from the garden and our feathery friends; we provide oats for breakfast. Where we are located we have the oppurtunity to easily collect mussels and other sea life during low tide to include in our meals.
We provide nutritious and bountiful meals but we do not practice an open kitchen. The ingredients we have are used to cook meals for everyone throughout the week.
There are small neighborhood markets within a few minutes walk where you can buy snacks however the nearest supermarket is a 30+ minute bus ride away, so if you need to snack lots between meals or have certain dietary requirements I recommend bringing your favorites with you (Puerto Montt has lots of affordable street vendors and markets).
To arrive from the bus terminal in Puerto Montt take the bus to Huelmo (with final destination: San Agustín) takes 40 minutes aprox and drops you off directly at the farm.
Another option is to take the bus to Calbuco (there are 2 different routes from Puerto Montt, you need to take the one that goes by the coast...por costa) and get off at Huelmo. The Farm is then about 1.5 kilometers walk.
Sometimes we go to Puerto Montt and can arrange rides.
On the weekends we encourage you to explore and get to know the area. There are lots of beautiful places very close such as.. Puerto Varas, Volcán Osorno, Saltos de Petrohue, Frutillar, Chiloe, Calbuco and Cochamo, all accesible from here by bus.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
25 hours a week. Depends on different circumstancies, like the wheather and current projects.