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 several years ago, The Guardian Farm has welcomed over 100 volunteers from all corners of the world, including Israel, Australia, Spain, Austria, France, Germany, Norway, the United States, Canada, small islands in the Caribbean, 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.
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.