Help on our permaculture farm in Costa Rica

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  2024 

 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

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  • Description

    Description

    A young permaculture farm located in the foothills of the Chirripó volcano in Costa Rica. Good place for relaxing and observing nature. The farm is not too far from a small pueblo so there is plenty of Costa Rican culture. We aspire to have an esticaly pleasing and productive farm as a demonstration for local population.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    There are opportunities for Spanish language learning and experiencing rural Costa Rican culture. Exchange organic gardening techniques and think about permaculture.

  • Help

    Help

    This is a young permaculture farm in the implementation stage.
    The routine jobs include: Animal Care: Cleaning the animal pens, milking sheep and goats, observation of animals and minor veterinary treatments. Animals include : Horses, goats, chickens, ducks, and sheep.

    Fence maintenance: While we are working on living fencing in the long term, the current fencing needs upkeep. This includes: Cutting posts from growth on the property, setting the posts. in replacement of rotten ones, stretching the fence, cutting bamboo and creating a fence.

    Tree management: We planted 3000 trees which need to now have the canopy opened for their proper growth. We pollard some of the Guava and Guaba and other fodder species.

    Infrastructure maintenance and upgrades. The water for the houses and the farm are all gravity flow from springs. This pipework needs to be checked and periodically leaks or fallen limbs need to be taken care of. Check dams for surface water management need to be upkept. Rain gullies along the internal drive need maintenance. An trail through the forest , needs periodic upkeep.

    Landscaping design and implementation : Since this is a young endeavour design ideas in landscaping with tropical edibles in the would be a valuable assistance. Example of work would be discussing landscaping options. leading the implementation of layout. Mapping out plants, propagating plants, transplanting, pruning and shaping plants and of course weeding.

    This is a permaculture farm so help in permaculture based design for the pastures and orchards as well as relaxing spaces would be a valuable assistance. Help in implementing these designs., layout of plants, planting and weeding are all part of the job.

    This is a productive farm with a minimum income goal. We currently have goat milk products , and some fresh produce, dehydrated fruits and herbs. Help with production, marketing, product development and preparation for market day are all welcome.

    Major projects under contemplation.
    Documenting the biodiversity of the farm: This project will contribute to the national biodiversity, and the learning goals. We will take images and identify the flora and fauna of the farm as well as creating information signs on the significant species.
    Grafting: This is to make a living fence and to create delicious citrus fruits.
    Major landscaping design and implementation.
    Biogas construction is ongoing with technical issues yet to be worked out.
    Developing Educational and Ecotourism for the farm. and the community.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    Persian (Farsi): Intermediate
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    There is a seperate cottage on the property which can accommodate a couple or a single person. The electricity is solar generated on site. Water is from springs on the property, Hot water and cooking is with LP gas. Fresh food from farm when possible is available.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    People are friendly. We get our raw sugar locally produced and one can visit and learn about this process. We have a lady that makes famous tamales on a wood stove. Horses and hiking both on the farm and off. Local horse shows and small festivals. This is a remote farm. The grocery store that was 2 Km away has closed. The bus service to the city and the beach is 2 Km away.

  • 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

    We have relatively good point to point internet both at the house and the workaway spot.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    The road to the farm is rugged and particularly in the rain it requires 4 wheel drive.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Well behaved dogs. (We have chickens sheep and goats which are free range so /.... good behavior is a must).

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Minimum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 762849516696

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