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Organic Farm in Costa Rica Costa Rica

 

Description

Our small nature reserve and sustainable farm is located in the foothills of the Talamaca Mountains in Costa Rica’s southern zone. Since our conception in 1989 we have been dedicated to creating a model farm, which demonstrates the goals of sustainability and ecological land use.
 
Volunteers are required to work 4 hours per day, 5 d […]

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Dates of program:
Year round

Duration of program:
We prefer a 1 month stay but shorter stays can be arranged

Age requirement:
Children, teenagers, adults, seniors of both sexes

Cost:
US$15 per day on our organic farm. The fee includes accommodation and a fully equipped kitchen for cooking. We provide your basic staples as well as anything else that is growing on OUR organic farm at the time of your stay including organic coffee and chocolate, lots of fruit from a variety of fruit trees. We have fresh milk and cheese available from our neighbors as well. You will be responsible for buying any other food items that you may desire.

Other information:
We also offer a farm managerial position that is a full work exchange. However, we require a one month stay at US$15/day before we can make that commitment just to make sure that it is a good fit for all of us. Keep in mind that this is not for everyone. If you are looking for a place to hang out and party all night, then this is not the place for you. We are not a hostel. We welcome people who are interested in learning about organic gardening and sustainable agriculture in the tropics. We suggest a one-month stay and prefer 3 months to one year.


Reviews

Home away from home
"There are many things I can say about this project, but it’s impossible to fully understand its magic until you have spent time on the farm. It is a place filled with knowledge, learning, love, and healing; a place to rest and recharge, to deeply connect with oneself, others, and nature. Suzanna and Miguel are kind, generous, and humble human beings. They share so much love and wisdom to those who happen upon the farm. I feel incredibly lucky that they have shared their corner of the world with me and with so many others. I am hoping to make my third trip there at some point this year and highly recommend making this project part of your trip.. or making it your whole trip! It is the best destination in and of itself."- Paige Tocco
Amazing
"George and I started our 3 month Costa Rica trip off at this farm and that was the best decision we ever made. The advert on this website nor their website do the farm any justice- it's absolute paradise! Suzanna, Miguel and Marc (the volunteer manager at the time) are the most welcoming and generous people I have ever met and they treated us like one of their own. I leant so much about sustainable farming and agriculture and how they use the farm to make everyday products from orange juice to peanut butter to chocolate. The whole experience was truly eye opening and I loved the variety of stuff we did. Everyday there was something new going on on the farm so life there is the perfect balance of peacefulness without ever being boring. All the people we met while there were so kind and helpful and gave us great advise about where to go for the rest of our trip. The volunteer house is beautiful and the river, which we swam in multiple times a day, is paradise. we loved it so much we returned for a week at the end of our trip. I can't recommend this place enough and hope to return again in the future! Thank you Suzanna and Miguel xxx"- Ella Carr
Wonderful experience
"Everything here is amazing, the place is just beautiful with the garden, the animals, the river... And Suzanne and Miguel are so beautiful people, so kind and open, they are always willing to explain their work and share, they do everything to make you feel at home and you feel so quickly at home :) We could have stayed months with them :) More than highly recommended!"- Maïlys GENOUX
Like coming home
"Coming here was like coming home. After having worked and adventured across Central America for several months, going down the hill towards to the fields and river banks of the farm was like entering a sanctuary. That, however, didn't mean that neither the work nor the adventure ended, but the setting and the purpose just made it all less tiresome and more meaningful. And Suzana and Miguel's presence made it all feel more familiar. Looking back, it was like going away for the summer with your cousins to live at your gramps place. Thank you for providing a safe place in a fast paced world! Here, the food chain is a holistic process that starts with the mood of the person sowing the seeds, continues with healthy soil and loving care, and ends with mindful enjoyment. I think that's a beautiful way of stressing the complexities and intersections of this mysterious web of life we're in. And teaching these wisdoms to the younger generations is a noble task."- Per Fredell
One of my favorite places on Earth
"What Suzanna and Miguel have created on their farm is nothing short of magical. If you are looking for peace, tranquility, and a true slice of paradise then this is the place for you. Of course, you also must be eager to learn about farming in the tropics and willing to do hands on work. Suzanna is an angel and her welcoming smile is all you need to feel at home. Please bring good vibes only to the project. It is a sacred place unlike any other and holds a very special place in the hearts of over 1000 volunteers. The volunteer quarters has everything you need to feel comfortable - a library, kitchen, bathroom, shower, beds, etc. and is very close to the river where you can swim & play. You should be comfortable spending your time outside in nature. Enjoy every minute!"- Melanie Tucci

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