Job opportunity/partnership at organic farm in Panama

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  1. PanamaPermaculturist

    PanamaPermaculturist New Member

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    Looking for a permaculture/organic farming expert (or preferably couple) to manage a small organic farm project on the Azuero Peninsula in the Los Santos Province of Panama. The farm currently sits on 2 hectares (approximately 5 acres) and includes several varieties of fruit trees and raised vegetable beds. The farm itself is approximately a 10-15 minute drive from Playa Venao, one of Panama’s premier surfing beaches, and is surrounded by several amazing beaches, rainforests, and waterfalls in the Azuero, described as the "Heartland" of Panama. The farm includes:

    Small one bedroom managers house: Off-grid solar home with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean from the front porch. Home is fully furnished and includes a kitchen, full bath, ceiling fans, refrigerator, and bedroom furniture.

    Shipping container home: The property also includes a just completed custom designed shipping container home with a full bath, kitchen, and pull down Murphy Bed.

    Storage Shed (“Deposito): The storage shed includes several farm implements, passive solar hot water system, seed starting area, and solar inverter system with panels on the roof.

    Water/Irrigation system: Plentiful, year-round and potable well water. The well runs on a solar pump and is used both for the water to the homes and for several storage tanks that service the irrigation system for the vegetable beds and orchard. The irrigation system is installed and furnishes all vegetable beds, and also includes a grey water system that runs from the house to the fruit orchard.

    Fruit Orchard: 25-30 trees including mango, guanabana, cacao, Suriname Cherry, star fruit, maracuya, lime, tangerine, guava, avocado, pineapple and several others.

    Vegetable Beds: Property includes several above ground vegetable beds. My business partner and previous manager estimates that he was getting approximately 30-40% of his diet from food grown on the farm.

    Access to the property: Access to the property is a dirt road that is well maintained, although can become muddy during the rainy season.

    The bottom line is that this is a really unique property and farming opportunity for a hearty individual or couple interested in off-grid, sustainable living. The views from the property are spectacular and the location includes some of the best surfing, hiking, and outdoor activities in Panama. The area is also extremely popular with an international crowd of hikers, vacationers and surfers from all over the world.

    The ideal candidate/s will have experience managing an organic farm or with a strong permaculture orientation. Knowledge of solar systems (inverters, panels, pumps) also a plus, although we can train on the care and maintenance of the systems.

    For the right candidate/s, we will offer free room and board in exchange for managing the farm. Candidates who can develop commercial opportunities for the produce grown are free to keep any profits. There are several restaurants in the Playa Venao area that are in need of good, locally grown produce.

    We will also consider a stipend of $500 per month for the right farm manager/couple. An additional income opportunity may be managing rentals through AirBnB at the container home or main farmhouse, which I am also willing to consider.

    Farm manager responsibilities will include:

    - Upkeep, maintenance and care of the solar system, irrigation, pumps
    - Upkeep and maintenance of the farmhouse and container home
    - A commitment to farm the property using organic/permaculture best practices and maintain the orchards and beds in good condition.
    - Potentially managing rentals of the container home and/or main farm house.

    To see photographs of the property, click the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157686256267753

    If you are interested in this profoundly unique farming experience in one of the most beautiful areas of Panama’s Pacific Coast, please email me at [email protected].
     
  2. Jann

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    Hi,

    I read parts of your purposal on the Permaculture research Institutes web site
    "Looking for a permaculture/organic farming expert (or preferably couple) to manage a small organic farm project on the Azuero Peninsula in the Los Santos Province of Panama."

    From a general introductory letter I have written for such enquiries....

    A beautiful positively life inspiring day to you.

    I am interested in working together with you,
    I am diversified within my skills, expertise and experience,
    which are all integrated to create a very successful business
    and extremely happy, peaceful and satisfied customers.

    Please refer to my CV attached,
    professional and clientels letters of recommendations.
    You will enjoy seeing that I will provide you, the centre and your guests
    with the best and most professional and personable of services!

    I grew up since early childhood immersed in Permaculture and Organics.
    Our yard was almost entirely edible and medicinal when I was growing up.

    I am working profesionally within permaculture
    as well as on a personal level
    for over 30 years.

    A few examples...

    I have designed, implemented and grown small and large scale organic gardens, created food forests of sub/tropicals and other global selection of ethnobotanicals
    (over 6000 edibles, medicinals and a few utilitarian plants too).
    Ive grown all the plants myself within my own organic world plant nursery.
    I sold some of the excess plants and produce on line and in living person.

    I have also designed and integrated 180 acres of medicinal herb gardens
    into a pre-existing 380 acre farm, was one of my paid projects for others.

    Ive taught others how to wild forage,
    the identification of plants, preparations and uses
    Creating from wild crafted and domestically grown herbs
    saulves, tintures, etc.
    This included how to properly harvest, store and prepare
    for marketing to retail and whole sale businesses.

    As well as, creating my own lotions, salves, tinctures for myself
    and for sale, when I was managing the retail medicinal herbal department.

    I have assisted in creating a series of Earth bag dome construction homes.
    Previously and afterwards, assisting with straw bail, rammed earth
    and bamboo constructions.

    More recently,
    a year and a half ago when I left Thailand,
    I worked (giving freely) independently teaching
    and guiding people in the wilderness of Thailand,
    and continuing my natural health practice.

    I have worked as well in collaboration with other health professional
    and within others businesses, some of which I have managed.

    My focus is as a massage therapist,
    which I offer 12 different approaches,
    as a medicinal herbalist (and ethnobotanist)
    as a hypnotherapist (NLP),
    and as a counselor (Gestalt, Co-counseling and other approaches).

    I also teach and give workshops in multi approaches to meditation,
    chi gong, massage therapy, medicinal herbalism, ecstatic dance,
    personal boundaries,self discovery through self expression
    and other therapeutic approaches to healing and living life.

    I started meditation and yoga when I was 8.
    I added Tai Chi and Chi Gong at age 15.

    My web site is..
    https://peace-and-health.wix.com/inner-peace-health

    Which integrates some of what I offer as a natural health professional,
    as well as, aspects as a wilderness skills instructor and guide.

    I have worked in a retreat and wilderness / scientic studies centre
    in South America. where I was the manager,
    I was responsible for being the receptionist-scheduling
    and welcoming guests from all around the world,
    preparing and coordinating accommodations.

    I was a nature guide and skills instructor,
    including,
    indigenous living skills (survival skills to some),
    rock climbing, camping, hiking, cycling, wild crafting, navogation,
    shelter building, felting, plant id-prep n uses, mountaineering-in the past, etc
    teaching permaculture,
    managing the gardens, greenhouses and food forest,
    providing various therapies,
    assisting with house keeping, maintenance,
    supervising the volunteers and directing their activities,
    and as a vegan chef
    and more at a wilderness retreat centre in the wilderness.

    Additionally, I have co-owned and operated
    a successful Wilderness Skills and Guiding company,
    along with my long time friend, Ryan Heasely.

    Ryan is extremely happy to speak with you,
    as excellent professional references for me.
    He is also, a Naturopath.

    I have been a wilderness skills instructor and guide professionally
    for over 20 years in Canada, Ecuador, Peru, Australia, Thailand n in the u.s.,
    besides an extensive history of personal wilderness experiences around the globe.

    I have professionally taught and guided people in
    indigenous living skills (survival skills to some),
    rock climbing, camping, hiking, cycling, wild crafting, navigation,
    shelter building, felting, plant id-prep n uses, mountaineering-in the past,
    re/learning the silent and sounded languages of nature
    and much much more.

    My first language is English
    with my second being, Spanish.

    I am naturally confident and comfortable with myself.

    I create an extremely personable n incredible memorable experience
    for those participating in my sessions, classes, workshops, etc.

    I welcome your correspondence
    and the potential of having a highly successful work relationship together.

    Jann Versch
     
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