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Villeta
All Year: No
Area (ha): 7
Persons: Negotiable
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 29071
Country: Colombia

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Last Updated: August 30, 2018

Our farm 'Finca Varsovia' is a not-for-profit authentic rural Colombian farm on the hills of the Andes at 1400-1500 feet above sea level with beautiful views of the region. All crops and poultry are self-certified organic and ecologically farmed with sustainability in mind. The farm encompasses seven hectares. Climate varies between tropical and warm dependent on the lower and upper ranges of the farm. We hope to expand and widen our produce while welcoming visitors on academic or cultural bases. Our main Panela product is sold at local market and pays for our farmís upkeep.

Our crops of different sizes are; sugarcane, coffee, exotic fruit, oranges, avocados, plantain, bananas, herbs, wild chillies and other subsidence farming. There is a smallholding of livestock for poultry and eggs.

Our farm functions Year-round. However, we particularly need volunteers during June to July and December to January, around school holidays. You are still more than welcome to enquire if you'd like to come outside these Months.

The tasks and opportunities on the farm are varied. We are seeking to make the farm more productive and improve its upkeep. Our main requirement is manual work; construction, planting, harvesting, repairing and restoring. We also require expertise (professional or advanced students) in agriculture, horticultural, biology, engineering, environmentalism, geology, construction, herbalism, machinery, veterinary and agricultural husbandry. The farmís road requires continued maintenance and improvement. We are working on building and maintaining new lodging. Establishing a healthy and varied herb garden suitable to our farmís climate. Restoration of farm machinery and buildings. Implementing solar solutions around the farm in a number of ways. Implementing and improving the farm's water irrigation. Collect and collate information on the farm's geography, wildlife, and plants. We would appreciate all volunteers to document their work and time on the farm with the foresight of sharing their experiences via personal blogs and social media networks wherever possible and in a positive light.

Lodging is a medium sized wall-partitioned room of three, secure, uninsured, very basic, clean and tidy, within our small farm house. Due to our Year round climate, the windows are glass-less but are secured with grills. We have primitive but private toilet and shower facilities consisting of a free-flowing water pipe. Cold water comes from our natural spring. This spring water is our only source of water and is used for cold bathing and cooking. There is also space within the farm grounds for camping, including a fireplace. Rain, particularly in this part of Colombia can be strong to torrential sometimes. If camping you will need durable camping equipment. The farm house has corrugated roofing making it noisy when there is rainfall. Within the farmhouse, there is a communal stove and a fridge. There can be power-cuts, sometimes for a whole day.

The food we provide is authentic rural Colombian dishes consisting mainly of beans, lentils, meat, poultry, rice, potatoes, plantain, eggs, and fruits. Many of these ingredients are the product of the farm. The majority of food served is stewed or grilled. Unfortunately, we are not always able to provide a vegetarian offering.

We do not permit drugs, alcohol abuse or lewd behaviour and we ask that everyone is respectful towards the natural environment and our community. Smoking tobacco is permitted outside the farmhouse and not whilst working.

We require all participants to be fit, enthusiastic and capable of manual work. Not sensitive to animal slaughter but also not required to take part.

Lengths of stay can be between one to six weeks, and possibly longer.

Our farm is accessible from the main road that leads West out of BogotŠ. Recommended items of clothing include; wellies or boots, strong walking shoes and waterproof outerwear for occasional and seasonal rain, long sleeve tops and trousers or jeans for our farming environment. Work gloves and tools are always provided. Caution is needed for any wildlife. Sun cream, insect and mosquito repellent or precautions advised. The days can reach well over 20įC and nights under 6įC. We do not have the internet, landline or a computer but the area can receive a mobile/cell signal, however, the mobile internet connection is intermittent. We have on request an analogue radio and television (two channels only). Accommodation is secure, very simple, clean and tidy. Our local town of Villeta is 9km/6 miles away and can be reached by hailing buses and communal taxis along an interdepartmental highway (Route 50 Villeta - Guaduas) within twenty minutes, or by walking along the busy highway in just over two hours. Villeta hosts shops, a large church, restaurants and a number of internet cafes as well as the main bus station. If you have any doubts, queries or suggestions please contact me by email at any time.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

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