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Organic Farming and Permaculture Project Ecuador

 

Description

Our Organic Farm social enterprise is also an Agroecology Training Centre located on the western coast of Ecuador. This area was once dense forest and has largely been cleared for cattle farming and cropping. Over the last 30+ years, the founders have been working diligently to relive the soil and ecosystems. The farm is a model of sustainable a […]

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Dates of program:
Year round

Duration of program:
1 month minimum is preferred but shorter stays can be accommodated.

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 18+

Cost:
The project costs US$300 per month for food and lodging. A 4-week intensive or 5-day overview training course in organic agriculture and Permaculture is available for an additional cost. Accommodation is provided in one of the rustic shared cabins and three nutritious meals per day, prepared largely with the organic produce from the farm. The food is mainly vegetarian, but occasionally chicken, fish, and river shrimp will be served.

Other information:
Longer (2-3 month) internship opportunities are also available for those involved in similar studies looking to do research / work. The 1 month (held once a year) and 5 day sustainable agriculture and Permaculture course enables volunteers to gain a greater understanding of organic farming and other methods of non-contaminating sustainable agriculture. Some of the topics the course covers include: urban composting, worm farming, moon influences, principles of Permaculture and design, mulch gardening, plant protection (pests and diseases), bio-dynamic farming, seed saving, etc. The month long course is run every November regardless of number of participants, and other months if there are a minimum of 4 students. We were chosen by National Geographic as one of their 8 favourite places in Ecuador. If you love to learn and be in nature, come out and join our farm family!


Reviews

Participation in the 4 week volunteer program
"This farm offers a great opportunity to everyone who is interested in Organic Agriculture, Ecotourism and Permaculture! Within the 4 weeks volunteer program you will not only get a deep insight into organic farm work and sustainability, but also work on individual projects depending on your strengths and preferences. Dario and Nicola work hard and in an impressive way for the change they want to see in this world and are doing a fantastic job! I would highly recommend this organisation and the experience at the wonderful farming family!"- Christina Engl

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