Come to help on developing an eco-farm in the countryside of São Paulo, Brazil

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  • Description

    Description

    Needs for the moment

    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.


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    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.

  • 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
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Hospitality/Tourism
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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

    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.

  • Help

    Help

    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.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Accomodation
    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.

    Food
    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.

    Others
    There is access to a washing machine.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

    Arriving date
    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.

    Local Sights
    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."

  • 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.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    15 hours/week- no food

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