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Cooking, Gardening and Building (mostly)
- At gardening the work goes mainly on our agroforest and mandala garden.. planting, weeding, mulching, composting and taking care of the chickens.
- Opening of new trails and camping areas.
- On cooking it will be doing nice vegetarian lunches for our crew. And also helping on baking bread, doing iogurt and jams, etc.
Located 2-3h away from São Paulo, near the small city of Bofete, we live on a farm which is under restoration and development for people to grow and live together. The farm is surrounded by a beautiful mountain range with a deep forest and a small creek running through it.
There are three vegetable gardens and two chicken coops based on the concepts of agroecology and permaculture. There is also an agroforest area of 2000m2 which has a great diversity of crops and trees.
At the farm's entrance there is a restaurant/cafe that opens during the day on weekends and sometimes host night events such as small concerts. At the shop we also sell our veggies, eggs and other artisanal products. The mandala garden is located right alongside it, so customers can pick out fresh vegetables when they want.
On the second floor of the shop, we have a multipurpose room used for yoga, meditation, dance, and also for hosting workshops, courses, cultural events, etc.
At weekends, we host campers and guests in a rental house. And ocasionally have groups for a trekking through our river, to a small waterfall.
We hope to host educational programs for children on the future, focused on farming, science concepts and even meditation/emotional awareness.
At the farm you will meet 5 residents. Bruno, who started the project in 2017, Julie a french girl who has been helping on our project for over 2 years and 3 brazilians, Mari, Rafael and Tati.
On the one hand, the farm exists to produce healthy and nutritious food in accordance with the natural processes, to find a way of doing business in a sustainable and fair way, and to relate to ourselves in a harmonious way (sometimes through disharmony! :) ). A place to live authentically with self-responsibility.
On the other hand, we want to build a safe place for people to go inwards.. To deepen one's awareness, know oneself, heal oneself and awaken one's Consciousness.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
The farm shop provides opportunities to engage with people from the surrounding area and offer your talents through workshops, concerts, etc.
We also have meditation circles in our studio at the start of the day (6:30am) for those who want to join. Whenever we have yoga teachers (or teachers of any kind) willing to share the practices we can set a weekly schedule :)
We apprecciate and value all the Brazilian culture, art and lifestyle. We like to explore all the richness of our music, dance, religions and ancient knowledge.
Working days are from Wednesday to Sunday, being Monday&Tuesday the days-off. We expect 4 hours of work/day, morning 08h30 to 10h30, and afternoon 15h to 17h.. and then 1 hour of communal work in the kitchen.
Here are some of the possible tasks during your stay:
- Farming and gardening - preparing the soil, planting/harvesting veggies, mulching, landscaping, composting, planting trees and other farming tasks;
- Opening and maintaining our ecological trails and spaces in the forest.
- Taking care of animals (dogs and chickens) - feeding, watering, cleaning their installations, composting their manure;
- Cleaning - Keep our main house and yards tidy. Although we count on a cleaning helper once a week for the house, we appreciate and put emphasis on having organized and harmonic common/personal spaces.
- Work in construction (mainly eco-building), fences and maintanence of the farm in general
- Social media & photography - keep the shop's social media profile and also farm website updated;
- Video editing - we have many projects and initiatives to advertise and create videos of;
- Art work to beautify and harmonize the place.
We will welcome your own abilities/preferences in accordance with the needs of the farm. New ideas and ways of doing things are always good.
There are 3 shared rooms available in the main house. Accomodation will be shared or not according to the number of people and availability of the rooms. Normally we take 1 or 2 volunteers at a time.
As a volunteer, you will join us in preparing meals communally and cleaning the dishes. The food is not included in the work exchange, though we put effort to be as cheap as possible. (oPTIONAL)
If you want to see another arrangement or to cook your own food, let us know.
We go every 2x/week to town for groceries shopping.
There is access to a washing machine.
Directions to farm
The farm can be acessed from São Paulo in a 2 to 3-hour bus journey (~$60), or taking a ride on the app BlablaCar (~$45). After that a taxi ride to the farm (~$20). Let us know when you are coming and we will give you some more detailed information on the bus and the different options to come.
Arrival are always on the beggining of our week (Wedneday). If for some reason you need to arrive any other day, let us know.
ATM and Cash
Bofete is poor on infrastructure. Often volunteers aren't able to withdraw money in town. Bring some extra money with you for food and other expenses. Buses on the way back can only be paid in cash at the bus station.
In terms of local sights, inside the farm you can take short hikes through the creek, with big boulders along the way and a waterfall about an hour and a half away. Also. we are in a region called "Polo Cuesta." It is a mountainous area, known for the waterfalls, stone cliffs and cycling tourism. Bofete is the city where lies the rock formations of "Três Pedras" and the "Gigante Adormecido."
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.
This host can provide space for campervans.
15 hours/week- no food
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