Guardian Farm

We are a small reforestation, land regeneration, and natural farming project in the cloud forest. We are active in our community and on our farm. Trees, plants animals, good people, gratitude, and good experiences are our passion here. We cook great vegetarian meals. We make many basics like ketchup, vinegar, natural sodas, and sauerkraut instead of buying them.

We love ethical, kind, and responsible people.
We are looking for positive, independent, motivated people who know how to take initiative. People who can appreciate a laid-back, fun, rustic, simple lifestyle.

We are followers of the Way (Yeshua) and believe in the caretaking of the earth, its creatures, and one another. We also are happy to hold space for people who want to seek the Creator and fast in nature if that is an interest.

Planting seeds, maintaining land, and learning about organic pest management and soil health are part of day-to-day life. The farm currently has cats, dogs, chickens, geese, turkeys, ducks, cuy, and rabbits. We are passionate about reforestation, biodiversity, and soil health.

We are located in an area of Peru famous for being the main producer of tea in the country. It is less than a 4-hour drive from Cusco and just 3 from the Sacred Valley. We are trekking distance to Machu Picchu OR just a short 2-hour walk along the hydroelectric path which is just 75 minutes away by car.

Some things we do:
Reforestation: seed collecting, building beds to plant seedlings + planting trees.
Art projects: murals, pottery + others.
Animal care: we love animals.
Small Scale Spirulina, Tea and Coffee Production.
Organic Gardens + Trees: We cultivate, care for + harvest citrus fruits, several exotic fruits + some vegetables.
We grow and prepare our own coffee.
We hand-roll our very own oolong tea.
Soil Care - hugelkulture.
Plant Identification.
Visiting elderly neighbors + helping them.
Cooking - food preservation: fermentation, dehydration.

Note: No drugs or alcohol are permitted here.
We are creating a space here that only plays music that makes plants grow.
There are many studies about the effect of music on plants as well as Masaru Emoto's studies with water. Our bodies are made from soil, fed by plants, and mainly water. Our study is to see, how over time, only playing positive music affects the farm and us. Thank you for honoring that while you are here. If you feel you cannot honor this, please choose another place to volunteer.

PLEASE NOTE: It is just me running my project with some support. In WhatsApp or email please do not expect a bunch of chatty, long-winded philosophical messages. Feel free to remind me if you need a reply.

We do not give farm tours to every volunteer that arrives. A full tour takes over a half day and often we do not have the resources to provide that.

We generally have 2 types of volunteers: specialists and general volunteers. Specialists generally work on unique projects that are in alignment with their education or careers. For example, botanists may help us with plant studies. General volunteers may be experiencing their first work on the farm and the tasks are often limited to easier things like making orange juice, weeding, painting, collecting dead wood, moving rocks, and perhaps cleaning. Many things can only be taught over time and our primary education style is lifestyle based.

Mindset. This is a self-funded nonprofit with the intention of doing good. Please come with the mindset of how can we help you. We are here to do our best to provide a safe, positive, and memorable experience. Keep in mind that we are not a paid educational experience, a paid hotel, and that we have to be mindful of resources, one of which is time. We have found a very small number of volunteers have expectations that we cannot meet, especially if you are coming with no experience.

When you come we recommend just hopping into what we are doing. We hope what we are working on may inspire you to do greater research. Fermented foods, permaculture, hugelkulture, reforestation - these topics a lifetime of study can be devoted to. We do have classes and workshops but at this time they are unscheduled and there may or may not be one during your stay.

If you are a first-timer with just 2 weeks on the farm please be considerate of our time resources and be prepared to do basic tasks, sometimes without deep explanation beforehand. Like thank you, can you help us weed this flower bed or move this wood. We are hoping people enjoy their experience because we enjoy our volunteers so we want to be clear about expectations.

www.GuardianFarm.org
https://wwoofindependents.org/en/host/45840

We love our volunteers <3 We work to help create great memories. We have a full-time local crew and volunteers help them with different tasks. Our local pueblo is a lovely farming community. Many volunteers meet people in town and participate in activities including sports and festivals. Please speak some Spanish, be open to learning Spanish, or be very ok with using Google translate. I speak English/Spanish but work with locals who speak Spanish and Quechua. Some days I am not available because I have a business abroad.


Reseñas

4.5
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Anfitrión y equipo

4.5

Horas y tareas

4.5

Hostal

4.5

Aprendizaje y diversión

4.5

Brasil

5

A minha experiência foi muito especial. Sarah recebeu a mim e Facu no seu projeto e pudemos ajudar com diferentes atividades na horta, com insetos y com as plantas.
Além de uma habitação privada tivemos muita comida saborosa e saudável disponível.
Un agradecimiento especial al equipo Neli, Pascoala, Francisco, Pepe y Lucio por ayudar a mantener las buenas energías del guardian farn y a Sarah por nos recibir.
O staff falava em inglês e no fim foi divertido porque eu não sei falar quase nada hahah recomendamos demais a experiência e esperamos poder voltar um dia :)
Thanks, see you!

hace 5 días

Argentina

5

Guardian farm es un excelente voluntariado.
En un entorno increíble rodeado de montañas, selva y río. Ideal para conectar con la naturaleza.
Sarah es una gran anfitriona y está siempre atenta al bienestar de los voluntarios con un cariño de madre.
Los horarios de trabajo se respetan perfectamente. Las tareas son simples y hay flexibilidad para trabajar.
Las comida es maravillosa, deliciosa, abundante y saludable.
Pude aprender mucho sobre huerta, permacultura, producción de café y contrucción con bambú entre muchas otras cosas.
¡Estoy feliz de haber tenido la oportunidad de vivir aquí!

hace 10 días

Francia

5

I had an amazing experience at the farm! I learned so much about the beautiful natural diversity around, the permaculture, fruit picking, building out of scratch, the insects, and cooking with creativity. I also feared my fears living in the jungle area! Sarah not only is a great woman leading the farm by herself, she is also caring for our wellbeing and makes sure we have a good time at the farm and visiting the surrounding. She also helps the local community in more than one beautiful way and seems appreciated by all. Her local team is made of locals who speak spanish and are all lovely :)

hace 13 días

Australia

5

This is an incredible project and a great opportunity to learn about farming and permaculture practices
Sarah is passionate, dedicated and has some unique rules but allows the volunteers to be independant while incorperating their skills and ideas. The animals are great, the local employees are amazing and all the other travellers I volunteered with were incredible.
If you have the option this experience is a must!

hace 30 días

Brasil

5

Thank God, it was another wonderful experience for us. The only thing I regret is that, because we don't speak English and speak little Spanish, this greatly reduces our interaction between all the other volunteers and hosts. Even so, everyone tried to talk to us and always paid attention to us. Sarah is a person of faith and God-fearing and we had several opportunities to pray together, becoming a wonderful bond. Sarah, I appreciate your kindness, generosity, and awareness. Big hug to dear Nelida, Pascoala, Rosa and Mr Francisco. The kittens and dogs in the house are blessings

hace 2 meses


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