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Guardian Farm l Volunteer in Peru

guardian farm.
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We are now a nonprofit in Peru.

The farm and it's beginnings.

Located in Huyropata, Peru, The Guardian Farm was established on an almost deserted biological center. Despite its rustic nature, the farm boasts nine buildings, including dormitories and rooms that can comfortably accommodate up to 50 people. Upon initial inspection, the center was overrun with mold and had 15 years worth of unsorted trash piled everywhere.

 

However, through our efforts, we were able to clean, paint, and remove the mold by adding tile floors in the bedrooms, ultimately creating a more organized and functional space.

Since hosting our first volunteer, The Guardian Farm has welcomed over 100s of volunteers from all corners of the world, including Israel, Australia, Spain, Austria, France, Germany, Norway, the United States, Canada, small islands in the Caribbean, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and China. Additionally, students from universities in Lima have come to earn their prepractica hours, which are essential to obtaining their degrees. We seek to educate by example and encourage through the action of being.

At The Guardian Farm, our volunteers learn and participate in activities that involve reforestation, seed collection, germination, growing trees and effective planting strategies. Daily life includes learning hands on about soil health: composting, biochar, compost tea, organic amendments, and now a large hugelkulture area is being formed. Our volunteers eat great simple farm cooking and gain knowledge about fermentation and natural food preservation techniques. Together we participate in community activities such as collecting trash and assisting our neighbors with harvesting their crops. We are always studying something from the native medicinal plant species, bees, codyceps, mushroom cultivation, animal care, orchids, tea, natural fuel and much more, our volunteers gain an array of micro-experiences during their time at The Guardian Farm.

We have several rustic houses with 50 beds available, an indoor and outdoor kitchen space, 2 pools, exercise and meeting space and several gardens.  The setting is rustic and close to the earth.  We would like to create  a seed bank and support and desire to cultivate relationships with others that have that interest or are doing so. The farm has a mixture of soil types, natural spring water and many fruit trees.  

The farm currently has cats, dogs, chickens, ducks, gheese, turkeys, cuy and rabbits.  We support vegetarian and vegan lifestyles but honor that people have the right to choose.  We speak up for animals and others that have no voice calling for ethical treatment of animals including those animals that are meant for consumption by people who choose to eat meat We pursue an organic lifestyle.  We are followers of the Way.

Our farm has become a hub for international volunteers, with hundreds of individuals from around the world visiting us annually through programs like WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms). These volunteers come from diverse backgrounds, ranging from students studying horticulture, biology, and agriculture to professionals such as doctors, chefs, veterinarians, and regenerative agriculture experts. We provide them with a hands-on learning experience where they not only gain practical skills but also contribute to our farm's mission of promoting sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship.

Our volunteers often describe their experiences on the farm as transformative and positive, with many returning for multiple visits. In addition to volunteering, we offer internship opportunities where individuals can earn pre-practicum hours towards their degrees, further enhancing their educational and professional development.

As the most reviewed WWOOF farm in South America, we have established a strong reputation, attracting volunteers and supporters who are aligned with our values and mission. Our farm serves as a platform for exchange, learning, and collaboration, fostering connections and relationships that extend beyond our physical location.

We believe that by empowering individuals to take action and be part of our journey, we can catalyze positive change and make a lasting impact on our farm and beyond.

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