Farm: Tierralegre La Manzanilla
Manager: Peter Earley (Volunteer Coordinator)
Phone: 12506753247 (Canada)
Languages: Spanish, English
address: No. 49 A María Asunción, La Huerta, 48898 La Manzanilla, Jal, Mexico
The Tierralegre farm is an environmental and sustainable agriculture youth education program in La Manzanilla, Jalisco, Mexico. The project involves local secondary students (13-16 years old) in growing, maintaining, and using local produce. The farm is about 2 hectares, and has been operating since 2012. It has shaded and open growing areas, as well as an irrigation system. It pratices organic farming techniques without chemical fertilizers or pesticides/herbicides.
9- Main crops and/or livestock: Vegetables, herbs (mostly greens)
10- Farm active during (which months or seasons): Year-round
11- Work needed from WWOOFers: (specific activities they might participate in): Working with the students to help with improving soil conditions, weeding, planting, and harvesting. The produce is sold by the students in the weekly market in town; proceeds go to maintaining the program.
12- Hours per day: 6
13- Days per week: Minimum 3
14- Description of lodging: (how and where will WWOOFers sleep and get cleaned up): Volunteers will be able to use the kitchen facilities (sink, stove, and fridge) at the farm, and the site has a composting toilet and shower facilities. There is a covered sleeping area, however, a tent and sleeping pad are needed.
15- Description of meals provided: (type of food, how and when is it served or provided): Groceries for breakfasts and lunch will be provided; Dinners will be provided through vouchers to nearby restaurants.
16-Rules and restrictions:
18- Min. and max. length of stay -- Ideally two month stays are desired; shorter stays can be negotiated however.
19- Note to WWOOFers: (Additional information, weather conditions, things to bring, information about area, etc.) --- The farm is a five-minute walk from Tenacatita Bay, with swimming, kayaking, and surfing nearby on the 11-km long beach. La Manzanilla is also home to a mangrove swamp ecological reserve, with crocodiles and many bird species. The town of about 1500 people is a tourist attraction and there are many restaurants and small shops.