Chestnut Blueberry Permaculture Haven

Chestnut trees are amazing. They provide a tasty and nutritious food that is much like a grain, being low in fat. Unlike so many big ag crops that deplete the soil and require a large carbon input, chestnut trees build up soil, don't require tilling, and provide ecosystems for animals, fungi, and other plants. They suck up CO2 from the air. Their byproduct is firewood--renewable energy. On our farm and at a nearby monastery, we take data on thousands of trees with genetics from all over the world and crossbreed them to be better and better. We firmly believe that we are doing something wonderful for the world and humanity, and are in an exciting time when we're learning how to make it work and how to live sustainably. We are also constantly doing other projects for fun and sustenance.

I live on the farm with my 3 boys. Louis is 7 and Ben and Roger are 4 year-old identical twins. They love to help. We have 2 awesome dogs that roam free. My life's goal is to make the universe a better place, and I think that our approach to farming and growing chestnut trees is a great way to do it. We're trying to be ever more self-sufficient and off-grid, producing what we need. I love to teach and learn, and I'm happy to host others and hopefully send them away with skills, knowledge, and thoughts that they can use to make the universe a better place too, and also gain from their presence. We are very grateful and honored that volunteers want to come here, and treat them with respect and gratitude.

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This host receives a lot of worldpackers and has a high average rating.

Reviews

5.0
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Staff & Host

5.0

Hours & Tasks

5.0

Hostel

5.0

Learning & Fun

5.0

Costa Rica

5

Si sientes que te hacen falta hnos. Y amigos. Para recibir un poco de cariño Aqui te esperan Martin y Denny con los brazos abiertos. Si antes has tenido anfitriones desconsiderados, negreros o tacaños, pues aqui te sorprendera tratar con un anfitrion ultra generoso, amable, respetuoso, educado, talentoso, altruista, mega trabajadior etc. El contacto con la tierra, aire, agua y plantas, es terapeutico, en las pocas hoas de labor, adios problemas, aburrimiento y depresion. Hay abundante comida!! La finca es lugar de descanso mental. Se canta. Se baila. Se juega. Se brinda, se pedalea kms!!!

7 days ago

Netherlands

5

This has been my best Worldpackers experience so far. It was everything I hoped for and more. Martin is a great host, who communicates well and really makes you feel like part of the farm. I got to learn a lot while helping around at the farm. The environment is so gorgeous and peaceful. Martin has a lot of experience with hosting volunteers and I had a great time with everyone, the other volunteers, the kids, and the cat! I had a wonderful time and would recommend it to everybody who love to be outside and connect with nature.

10 days ago

Colombia

5

This has truly been a wonderful experience. I happy to have met this beautiful family. Martín and Denny are excellent hosts. The children are very calm boys. I had the opportunity to learn everything. Martín is an excellent leader and gives you the confidence to dare to use all the machines and that has been a wonderful experience. It has been worth all the learning that I take away from here. Denny is a girl with a smile always. The work is easy and the schedule is very flexible.

about 2 months ago

Colombia

5

Estuvimos de voluntariado donde el señor Martin en su finca de Ohio durante tres semanas , que fueron muy positivas, de constante aprendizaje muy buen trato tanto de el como su novia, el lugar es muy tranquilo y acogedor, Martin tiene muy buen carisma ,pedagogía y disposición para enseñar, ademas cocina muy rico y es un excelente jugador de ajedrez, es muy divertido para contar chistes…entre otras habilidades .El trabajo es agradable y en constante contacto con la naturaleza, sus practicas en los cultivos, están enfocadas al cuidado,conservación y uso razonable del medio ambiente.Recomendado

about 2 months ago

United States

5

I had a great week here! I came here mainly for a learning experience and I got just that. Everyone worked together to get various tasks done! This was my first team volunteer experience and I love it! Getting to know people and their story’s was such a cool experience. You learn to live a more sustainable, waste free and nature filled lifestyle! I wasn’t here during blueberry and chestnut season but the blueberry’s I had were delicious!

2 months ago


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