Las Marias Project PR

Hello, My name is Clint and I moved to Puerto Rico 8 years ago. I purchased a 25 acres farm here in Las Marias to pursue my passion in sustainability and farming. I live on the property along with my significant other Andrea. We love the outdoors, here especially. Because of the warm, pleasant climate PR is known for, the possibilities are endless. You can spend most of your days outside, the bugs are present but not prevalent, and you can garden all year round. The colors are phenomenal; everywhere you go you’ll see amazing hues. Flowers are always bursting and fruits bloom in seasons, so there’s always something fresh to eat! Most of all, the land is very peaceful. We are away from much on the top of our own mountain and it’s very quiet and soothing and provides a place for much reflection and quiet time as well.

My goal is to live as independently and sustainably as possible and this area is perfect for it. We recycle and reuse everything we can; food sources, energy sources and more. We have solar panels, our own rain catch water system that provides all the water for the house, and a gravity pump that pumps water halfway up the hill from the natural spring which provides all of our drinking water. We plant saplings and seedlings and nurture them daily to continue planting more on the land. I have cleared many areas now which I have planted with about a 300 different types of fruit and flowering trees.

We compost all waste either in our large compost pile which can be turned into mulch to fertilize our trees for example, and our animal compost system with our pig. We also have a compost toilet (with a spectacular view!). The goal is to waste as little as possible; everything is being used in some way.

2 week minimum for those volunteers that need transportation.

I’m generally looking for people with hard work ethic, a love of outdoors, and those looking to learn more about living independently and sustainably off the grid. Also those interested in living consciously. You must have initiative as I need self motivators who can jump in and help wherever needed. I’m also open to new ideas that you may have. Here there is always something that can be done, so we strike a balance between work and downtime. I’m looking for everyone to be happy and have a fun time as well.

Examples of work here:

Tending Vegetable Garden

Clearing pineapple plants of weeds

Clearing out Orange Groves

Helping build ponds or pipe systems on the land

Building outdoor cabin

Planting different trees/flowers

Building a greenhouse

Typical day is working in the morning and late afternoon/evening is free time. We work four hours daily 5 days a week.

I would like to start building some small eco cabins made out of natural building techniques such as cob or bamboo soon, and be able to provide these to volunteers to stay in when they are completed.

We are fairly isolated, with the closest store about 2 miles away, so you need to be comfortable with less people and city or town around you. With that being said, there is tons to do here on the land. There are many places to explore; we have waterfalls and creeks you can hike to, fields to picnic or camp in, a roof perfect for stargazing, a large hammock tied between our Mango tree and Palm tree, and so much more to explore. The property is connected to miles of public trails that were once used by the fruit farmers. The land is also excellent for bird watching. If you need to run in to town I’m also amenable to take you when it works.

Accommodations:

There is a house with electricity on the land that can sleep up to 8. I provide a fully stocked kitchen for you to use and food to eat (mostly plant based), including many organic items from right here on the land. I accommodate special dietary requests. Volunteers cook for themselves and clean up after themselves as well. Sleeping accommodations will be a bunk bed upstairs and there are two bathrooms and 2 showers in the home. Mosquitos are not a huge hassle, but we are in the outdoors and they do exist here. I have mosquito nets by request.

Camping:

The place is perfect for camping; chose any spot on the property you wish. Many places have ocean views of Añasco Bay and also access to fresh flowing water from the creek and springs on the land.

Where:

25 acres in Las Marias, about 45 minutes interior east of the town Rincón.

Pick up:

I will pick you up in the town of Mayagüez or Anasco on the West side of the island and drive you to the land. Please make your own arrangements to get to Mayagüez. Cape air has flights out of San juan to Mayaguez for $60 and the public bus from San Juan will run about $20 to get to mayaguez.

If any of this sounds like something you want to participate in send me a message, I’d love to hear from you!



Activities:
Animal care, Food preservation, Greenhouse maintenance, Harvesting, Help with eco-projects, Irrigation / watering, Landscaping, Natural building, Planting, Seed saving, Seeding / transplanting, Self-sufficiency, Weeding, Wood-working
Area of my property: 25.00 acres
Host Type: Vegan friendly, Permaculture, Vegetables, Orchard, Garden, Homestead
Organic/biological methods used on my property:
No chemical pesticides or fertilizers used. Only traditional methods with compost and other natural sources.

Methodologies:
Composting, Conservation, Ecological farming, Green construction, Hydroponics, Low stress animal handling, Mulching, No-till agriculture, Permaculture, Renewable energy, Without chemicals or pesticides
Animals:
Dogs
Products made:
Herbs, Seeds, Teas, Tropical fruit, Vegetables

My significant other Andrea and I manage the property and everyone can be expected to be treated like family when you are here. we spend a lot of time together working on the land, preparing meals and going out on adventures to see this beautiful island. We take this very serious but love to have fun with it. We hope everyone brings enthusiasm, good spirit and just ready to join us and jump right on in. Someone looking to experience what tropical farm life is like and what it entails to live off grid and only produce your power from solar and capture water from rain catchment. Everyone that comes here will learn skills that will help them to live more independently. Volunteers take part in all daily activities here and learn first hand what it takes to live off grid.

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Anfitrião & Equipe

4.5

Horas & Atividades

5.0

Hostel

5.0

Aprendizado & Diversão

4.5

Estados Unidos

5

Best place in earth

2 meses atrás

Estados Unidos

5

I loved las marías and learned about different plants and how they can be of use to use and the planet. The house was tidy, clean, and it was easy to figure out where everything was. The work very physically demanding but it’s not too much per day. I did get a little bored towards the end of my stay because there wasn’t much to do around the property. Clint and Andrea were also very welcoming and gave us the space to do our own things. Overall, I had a great time here :)

2 meses atrás

Estados Unidos

5

The farm was a great environment for me. It forced me to push my boundaries doing some intense work, while also providing a clean and comfortable space to relax in. It was the perfect work/life balance and the views were beautiful. All meals were included, and a lot of the food is grown right on the farm. I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a secluded space to reconnect with nature and yourself, learn something new, and meet some great people :)

6 meses atrás

Estados Unidos

4

I recommend because it is beautiful and easy to do your own thing here, but make sure you know what you're getting into. If you're coming in spring you will be harvesting but the world off-season is mostly farm upkeep. The plants are like 95% fruit trees, so you'll be doing a lot of tree care on the side of a mountain, machete work and the like. Bring grungy clothes! Clint and Andrea are nice people who keep to themselves, and respect runs like a two way street. I didn't leave the property but one time in a month. There was lots of free time and places to explore.

7 meses atrás

Estados Unidos

5

Las Marias is a 5-star experience if you have the right expectations and goals. I needed a slow & peaceful break in nature with lots of free time, plus I was excited to learn about tropical farming tasks & environmental sustainability, and that's exactly what Las Marias provided. Clint and Andrea were kind hosts who enjoyed sharing their knowledge when asked. There were a few volunteers there, but that's not always the case. In summer, we worked on upkeep projects (shoveling, clearing hills of tall grass & weeds, plastering, some harvesting) as opposed to the spring busy season (harvesting).

7 meses atrás


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