Finca Amrta Costa Rica
Location: Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica
Finca Amrta (pronounced “amreeta”) www.fincaamrta.com
is located 4 kms. from San Isidro de El General -at 700 meters- at the foothills of the Talamanca Mountain range. It borders the Rio Pedregoso were you can view many different varieties of birds, butterflies and other wildlife and enjoy a swim during your mid morning breaks and throughout the day. We have fruit cultivation, several organic gardens, a corn and bean milpa, reforestation species, organic shade grown coffee, cacao trees and home chocolate production as well as many different medicinal herbs and spices.
Presently we have 5 dogs, 4 cats, 2 horses , and lots of chickens. We hope that you love animals as much as we do.
Our goal is to teach people that there are ways to live in harmony with Mother Nature by demonstrating methods of sustainability... by caring for the earth.
The volunteer program at Amrta:
Living on Finca Amrta has been an exciting project for the past 24 years and has been a wonderful place for volunteers for the past 20 years. A student work exchange program welcomes those with or without experience.
The cost is $10 per day ($70 per week). If you are planning on staying for less than one month the cost is $15/day. You will have use of the communal kitchen, salad from our organic gardens and fruit from our fruit trees... Amrta provides basic staples in a spacious kitchen and dining area. You will be responsible for buying any other speciality food items that you may desire. There is a weekly farmer's market with lots of interesting choices.
You will be required to work 4 hours per day 5 days per week doing a wide variety of basic farm chores. The rest of the time is yours to enjoy the farm and the surrounding areas, which includes Mount Chirripo and the Pacific beaches. We can provide information for many extra activities in the local area.
You will learn about the different processes of organic farming from compost to harvest.
You will learn about plant propagation, seed saving and food processing.
You will learn to recognize and grow tropical medicinal herbs.
You will learn how to process medicinal herbs and flowers in the form of salves, tinctures, teas and flower essences-(if you are interested in making tinctures, please bring used or new empty tincture bottles as they are unavailable here in Costa Rica).
You will learn the history of coffee from picking the fruit to brewing a fresh cup of coffee.
You will experience and enjoy the processing of our home grown chocolate.
And so much more!
Where to find us:
When you land in San Jose, Costa Rica you can take a cab from the airport to the Musoc Bus station. All cab drivers know where to go. . You should not pay more than $30 for this taxi ride. (We do have a private cab driver in San Jose who can pick you up at the airport and can take you to your hotel or hostel and/or assist you in getting to the Musoc Bus station . . . let us know if this is something you might be interested in.)
Make sure that you keep track of your belongings in San Jose. Always keep your money, passport and plane ticket on your body.
From San Jose to San Isidro:
Take the bus from the Musoc bus station to San Isidro. Buses leave every hour
(8:30~9:30 etc., with 5:30 being the last bus.) And the cost is about 3000 colones (more or less $6). It is a three hour bus ride.
From San Isidro to the farm: you have three options:
Tell the cab driver that you want to go to the entrance to Arizona on the road to San Ramon Sur: " Me gustaria ir dos km norte de Pedregoso a la entrada de Arizona por el camino a San Ramon Sur. . . . entre Pedregoso y Pedregosito" Cost should be around 3000 colones or $6US.
We have a private taxi driver in San Isidro who will meet you at the bus upon arrival in San Isidro and will bring you directly to the house for $10 US. You will need to let us know if this is something you are interested in doing.
Buses leave San Isidro from the Mercado Central - (Central market) for the farm at the following times:
Get off at the Arizona stop. Don't worry; the bus always makes this stop but just to make sure you can tell the bus driver," la entrada de Arizona" so that he will know and then let you know when to get off. At the Mercado you will see many buses. The destination is written above the driver outside of the bus or on the front window of the bus. Our bus says: San Ramon/Pedregoso.
Cost is: about 300 colones.
Across from the entrance to Arizona is a wooden fence and a long wooden gate. This is the way to our farm. On the wooden gate you will see a sign that says FINCA AMRTA. Go down the hill. Follow the road all the way to the end and you will find the volunteer house.
Welcome to Finca Amrta!
PLEASE NOTE: If you arrive in San Isidro at dark (around 5:30-6:00) please plan on taking a room at the Hotel Chirripo (across from the central park) and come to the farm in the daylight hours.
Please bring a good flashlight~(a headlamp works great), sunscreen and insect repellent THAT DOES NOT CONTAIN DEET. The macrobiotic stores in town carry a very effective and non-toxic brand that is made here in Costa Rica .
If you are accustomed to using gloves in the garden, please bring your own.
We provide work clothes so you do not have to bring your own.
Amrta is not a hostel. We welcome people who are interested in learning about organic gardening and sustainable agriculture in the tropics. We suggest a one-month stay and prefer 3 months to one year.
To request a brochure or to find out about availability you can contact us or visit our website at: www.fincaamrta.com
Our commitment is 100% organic produce, medicinal herbs and spices.
Living in harmony with Mother Nature!
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