Organic farming is a type of agriculture that relies on procedures such as crop rotation, compost making, green manure, seed saving and biological pest control, amongst others. It is a system that takes into consideration potential environmental and social impacts by eliminating the use of synthetic inputs.
Permaculture, in the words of researcher and biologist Bill Mollison is “a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.”
Volunteers can do a range of different task; feeding and cleaning animals, harvesting, irrigation, planting, weeding, compost-making and more.
Volunteers can also be involved in a variety of other tasks either with the local community, or simply working in other areas whereby their specific skills can be of use.
In general, international volunteers do not need to have a special skill set for these types of programs, but a general interest in responsible farming is of course a great asset! Other handy skills are:
- Knowledge of permaculture and farming techniques
- Teaching English
- Teaching arts and crafts
- Computer and technical comprehension
- Building and carpentry
- Bee keeping
- Social media and communications
- Hospitality and ecotourism
- Ecuador – Organic Farm program in Canoa
- Laos – Organic Farm program in Vang Vieng