Ecological Farm on Santa Cruz

The organic Farm La Envidia is located on the Galápagos Islands in a small community that is called “Los Guayabillos” on Santa Cruz Island. It has an extension of 24 hectare and is full of fruit trees, plants, and also farm and endemic animals. Its owner, Mr. Jorge Larrea is a farmer with more than 40 years of experience. The farm is totally productive and it pretends to generate projects that allow the surrounding community to be a part of it in order to reinforce communitarian work in the area.

The Galapagos Islands is a unique place in this world, with a fragile eco-system that faces many challenges, among which the quick spreading of invasive plant species that destroy the local habitat. The most common ones are blackberry, guava and elder and they cover extensive areas of the islands and represent a real threat to the native and endemic flora and fauna of the Galapagos. They are not only found on privately owned lands, which only constitute a small percentage of the island, but mainly in the National Park area.

Volunteer activities

The activities that volunteers carry out are varied and numerous, they include:

  • Invasive species control: Volunteers help to clean the crops, eliminate invasive species to avoid Blackberry and Tupi Rosa to spread, and replace these bushes with native or endemic species which is a matter of much interest for conservation.
  • Short cycle crops: The job first consists on preparing the soil and then sowing the products that people on the farm will eat.
  • Growing organic coffee: The crops of this product are segmented, this means that while an area is ready for harvesting (twice a year) the other area is in process of growing; nevertheless, it needs to be maintained and cleaned along the year.
  • Breeding and taking care of farm animals: Among the different responsibilities in this zone, it is required to milk cows for family consumption, feed native hens, ducks and pigs and also to clean/maintain corrals.
  • Opening pads located between crops and signage deployment, with the purpose of creating an interpretative and educational excursion.

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Work schedule

You will live and work at the farm with the family.  Working hours vary according to the work that needs to be done, but generally are from Monday to Friday from 8.00am till 1.00pm. You will have your afternoons and weekends free to travel and explore the Galapagos Islands.

Days are long and hard and volunteers should be prepared for hot, physical and yet rewarding work.

Location

The farm is located in Santa Cruz, one of the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos Islands are a short flight from the Ecuadorian mainland. The farm is located in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island in a remote setting.