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Hello everyone!! 🤗 my name is Alba, I am Spanish and I have lived in Turrialba for a few years where I started a permaculture project in the mountains. Now I live here with my babygirl born in October , my dogs , cat and Chickens .
The Farm is a 9hectar property situated in a valley sorrounded by secondary and primary forest and the beautiful river Jicotea. Here, Im starting a sustainable permaculture project.
Untill now I have been focused in creating a small veggie garden, constructing a spring water captation, a workshop building with a comunal área and kitchen and a cabin in the forest where to host volunteers and other colaborators for the project. I live most time bymyself with my two dogs and Cat, as my partner works most of the time away from home. We are now expecting a baby for late October:-) , so Im starting to proyect some new logístics for the project from then on...
We live here for now with no electricity , and very little signal, wich is something that I enjoy very much since it keep us focused and a very calm vibe arround. However we are now studying the options to bring some tope of power to the property.
*** ( We have a neighbour that offers laundry,electricity and wifi service for thouse who need it. 600 m away from the farm )
The mission of this projet is to be a space for learnning and experimenting the transittion to become more selfsufficient and sustainable while living in nature with a vision of abundance and prosperity for a small family and a small community that could live here in the future. We plan to grow in that direction through cultivating most of our food in a natural and much more conscious way and producing timber and other natural construction materials .
We like to keep a simple life, enjoy to meet people from other cultures and would enjoy developing this space with the touch and vision of many different people that can share their knowledge and experiences while leaving here their footprint.
We don´t use drugs apart of ocassionally some beer or wine. In order to keep the vibe and focus of the place and also to conserve a reputation with the institutions that support us and also the respect in this sometimes very traditional society, we ask and expect visitors not to use weed or any other illegal substances during their stay .
Id like to remaind volunteers that it is neccessary to have a health inssurance while you stay at the Finca. Nothing should happen , but beeing away from home is always smart to be cautious.
THINGS YOU SHOULD BRING
Various pairs of long socks ( someytimes they can be wet for a few days)
clothing ( long pants and sleeves, gloves...)
Something warm for the cold nights ( some are very hummid and cool)
biodegradable soaps and higene products
Solar chargers for the electronic devices you want to use while here.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesArt ProjectsHelp with Eco ProjectsGardeningDIY and building projectsAnimal CareFarmstay helpCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseGeneral MaintenanceHelp with Computers/ Internet
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
In this quiet and beautiful place you can find peace in the real conexion with yourself and others
Having a very close experience living in nature away from hiperconectivity distractions.
Learn communication tasks
SOME THINGS TO DO WHILE HERE:
The area is an inland paradise for those who love nature and beeing close to the authentic rural life. This area is the craddle of rafting in the country, beeing close to the Pacuare river and also the door to a very beautiful and unexplored area of the Chirripó mountains, where the Cabécar indigenous culture inhabits.
Hiking the active Turrialba Volcano
Go hiking arround and explore the numerous rivers on the area
Birdwatching ( this is a very rich place of the country for this activity)
Biking (There is a bike for rent at the farm)
Enjoy your time in the library, as I have many books and manuals of interest in sustainable matters, as other type of readdings and novels.
Experience is not required but will be valued moreover in the following areas. For now I can accept people for a Minimum of 3 weeks up to a month with a first week trial period.
The tasks in the farm are mostly carried out from Monday to Friday with weekends off , for about 5hrs a day.
-Mantainning the veggie garden with tasks like:
Planning the planting process, picking up mulch, creating compost and feeding the beds with it, cleanning the beds, planting.
-Help in creating new beds in a terrace for cultivating and developing an agroforestry system .
-Taking care of the animals , The Dogs and Cat. Feeding the Chickens and cleanning Chicken Coop.
-Cooking for the group, in which we will take turns, and cleanning the dishes and kitchen.
-Cleanning the communal and personal spaces, help with the shopping when needed and maitenance of the cabins.
-Help in the details of construction of the main cabin for volunteers as creating an eatible garden for it.
Shared accomodation in a two room wooden cabin .The place is equiped with an outdoor dry bathroom and and outdoor shower .
The main 3 meals are included, and shall be mostly vegetarian. Please let me now of any special condition before your arrival.
We usually start the day getting together un the kitchen at 6:30 to prepare breakfast and organice the Day.. we shall be done with our tasks arround 1:30pm , when we have lunch. You can enjoy your afternoons as your wish and also prepare your dinner in the shared kitchen when or how you prefer, only taking account to leave the shared spaces clean and tidy and tranquility is asked after 9:30 pm.
What else ...
There is a few buses per day in the closest Town , about 1.8 km away, that will take you to the city of Turrialba, from where you can explore many of the previous options. We offer transportation options from and to the farm .
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
How many Workawayers can stay?
More than two
25 hours/week- food
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A lot of beautiful moments and memories... sometimes the work is hard but you will be rewarded by the kindness and sweetness of Alba, one of the best persons I have ever known
And the dogs! Simply lovely (and crazy!) Miss this
I feel Lucky he chose this to invest his
I was looking for a farm in the nature to learn more about nature and myself. But in this finca I found so much ! First, the place is very nice, you feel very fast like at home. Surrounding by nature, it’s very amazing. Everything that you need is available. The group energy is very amazing, you work hard the morning but
Alba is trying everything to make your stay without electricity and hot water the best. That goes from helping you out with whatever you need over organising work in a way which makes it super diverse and easy to follow along onto teaching you about the why you do what you do while doing
The work was diverse and I have learned a lot during my stay!
The finca and the surrounding grounds are beautiful and the living space and the
She is transforming the place where she lives into a more beautiful place day by day.
Buggy missed you all so much.
Big hug to all of you.