Help with maintenance, shiitake production, reforestation and other projects on our farm in Guaratinguetá, Brazil

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  • Last activity: 23/09/2022



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    We are two partners called Nara (Brazilian, Forestry Engineer) and Tony (British, Geophysicist and Musician). We own a small farm with areas of forest in Guaratinguetá in the interior of the state of São Paulo.
    There are diverse activities to perform in the recently-acquired farm. They include general maintenance of the buildings and plantations as wells as the development of specific projects in the areas of bio-construction, the recuperation of areas of degraded soils, the treatment of household wastes, reforestation, irrigation and sustainable agriculture such as agroforestry.
    The soils are diverse in type with rich water pasture on the valley floor, deep soils suitable for planting diverse crops at first as the mountain rises and higher up very degraded dairy pasture. Finally, an area of thick forest is reached towards the highest point of the property. Water is plentiful with a number of water courses originating on upland areas. All of these areas would benefit from some recuperative activities, e.g. enriching forest biodiversity or improving the hydrology.
    For the farm, we need help in all the areas mentioned and there is also the possibility of a guest developing a personal project on the property.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Language practice
  • 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

    This rural environment is potentially extremely productive but has typically been exploited using monocultures, grazing etc. It will be a highly rewarding and informative experience to share in the process of recuperation and implantation of sustainable agriculture which undoubtedly will typify many projects in this region for the foreseeable future. Industrial agriculture need to be replaced by more labour intensive ecologically sensitive methodologies in order to provide greater food autonomy to rural populations, healthier nutrition and a long-term future for the regions soils degraded by over-grazing and eucalyptus. The exchange will provide a great opportunity to take part in this process.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We need help: maintaining the buildings and to construct an ecologically-friendly system for dealing with household waste; in agro-ecological plantations of food crops and agroforestry combined with the recuperation of degraded soils and reforestation; ecological management of poultry; implantation of irrigation systems.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation indoors and for camping.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The property is 4km from the main road from where it is about 15 minutes by bus to the town of Guaratinguetá. We have a car and there will be frequent occasions when we need to go to town.

  • 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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 618257121833

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