Closed Applications / Season 2019-20

 
Internship applications are closed until next season. Please check again in May 2020.
 
Thank you very much for your interest!

Sessions 2019-20

  • Session 1 | Aug 30, 2019 to Sept 27, 2019

  • Session 2 | Sept 27, 2019 to Oct 25, 2019

  • Session 3 | Oct 25, 2019 to Nov 22, 2019

  • Session 4 | Nov 22, 2019 to Dec 20, 2019

  • Session 5 | Dec 20, 2019 to Jan 17, 2020

  • Session 6 | Jan 17, 2020 to Feb 14, 2020

  • Session 7 | Feb 14, 2020 to Mar 13, 2020

  • Session 8 | Mar 13, 2020 to Apr 10, 2020

 

Learn to produce food of the highest quality in a spectacular environment, sharing with people from different parts of the world.

Photo: Dillon Scheps © 2018 Huerto Cuatro Estaciones

The objective of this Program is to inspire, educate and empower future farmers in how to operate a biointensive garden, based on the practices of regenerative agriculture.

We want to share our knowledge with serious people, wanting to establish professional gardens. We provide a real work place where you can practice and understand the work system that we use by participating in all the tasks that are carried out in the garden.

  

This program will give you the technical and economic knowledge necessary to start your own project and meet your objectives, generating abundance for you as a farmer, your family and the community that surrounds you.

Program Description

You will acquire a solid base in biointensive horticulture, focused on the direct sale of products, in a cold, dry and short seasonality climate. The knowledge and techniques you will learn are also adaptable to a self-consumption garden.

 

Structure and Responsabilities

As an intern, you will work on different aspects of production. Tasks and learning will be determined by the time of the season and include planting of seedlings, greenhouse production, soil preparation, transplanting in the field, weeding, coordination and preparation of baskets and restaurant orders, collection and sale in the fair, among others.

 

This program is a concrete learning experience. We deeply believe that the best way to learn is by doing and assuming responsibilities. The practical learning will be accompanied by theoretical learning.

During your stay we will dictate four classes about the following topics:

  • Soil and fertility management based on compost, crop rotation and cover crops.

  • Design of the biointensive vegetable market garden.

  • Crops management, including description of how each one is handled and the tools involved.

  • Planning a market garden. Financial goals and seed to harvest.

We have a small library with books of the world references of the biointensive method and other areas of regenerative agriculture.

 

The order and prolixity in the work of the garden is very important for us, at the end of each day, all the tools are washed and stored in their respective places, as well as we check that there is no garbage of any kind. A clean and orderly place stimulates work.

 

We recommend that you schedule your trip with one or two extra weeks after the Program, since the Program requires 100% of your time in the garden and you won't have much time to travel around.

 

The work in the garden consists of full days from Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with an hour of rest at noon. On Saturdays we work from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., harvesting and preparing the products to will be sold at the local market in Puerto Guadal.

 

Each week one of the interns is responsible of watering the entire garden. This person also waters on Saturday and Sunday, and is in charge of the management of the greenhouses those days.

 

Schedules

  • 07:00 – 08:00 hrs   Breakfast

  • 08:00 – 12:00 hrs   Morning activities

  • 12:00 – 13:00 hrs   Lunch

  • 13:00 – 14:00 hrs Common areas cleaning and free time for personal projects, readings and resting.

  • 14:00 – 18:00 hrs   Afternoon activities

  • 18:00 – 19:00 hrs   Dinner

  • 19:00 – 20:00 hrs Common areas cleaning and free time for personal projects, readings and resting.

 

Accommodation

You must be prepared to spend the whole Session at the campsite, so you must have a good sleeping bag (at least -9 ° C), a good quality insulating mattress and a 3 or 4 season tent. The campsite is equipped with composting toilet and an outdoor shower with hot water.

 

Remember that there is a risk of hanta virus by rodents, so you should not leave food inside your tent, we recommend bringing bags and keep them in the dining room, there have been experiences in Aysén of rodents breaking inside tents for just a cereal bar.

Food Policy

On weekdays we all eat together in the dining room. We offer a balanced homemade diet that includes meat, dairy, eggs, vegetables and whole foods. All these meals are homemade freshly prepared by a cook, so that we can focus completely on learning and resting in free moments. To encourage collaboration, we wash, clean and order after eating.

 

Interns are responsible for cooking their meals on weekends. We recommend you bring snacks of your preference.

 

If you are vegan, celiac, or have any food allergies you should consider that it is not possible for us to prepare separate meals. However, there is almost always a lot of vegetarian food, especially when we start harvesting garden produce.

Whom is the program for?

  • Beginners and professional horticulturists

  • Serious horticulturists that want to increase the efficiency and scale of their home gardens

  • Dreamers who aspire to have a biointensive garden some day

  • We also accept people who will not necessarily be future farmers, but are interested in learning to grow their own food and thus become more aware and become activists.

 

 

We look for potential growers, young people who are in the way of agriculture and who want to make biointensive horticulture their craft.

 

For whom we wouldn’t recommend the program? 

  • Total beginners. If you have never gotten your hands on the ground, we recommend you take an eco-literacy course or volunteer for a season in some orchard.

  • People under 21 years old

  • People who are not going to put what they learned into practice

  • People looking to earn fast money

  • People who do not want to make an effort to learn

  • People who will work with large scale operations dependent on tractors

  • People who do not feel respect for others

It is not allowed to drink alcohol or smoke inside the garden. If you create problems for alcohol or drugs we have the right to ask you to leave without possibility of reimbursement.

What do we expect from you?

We expect reciprocity, dedication and passion for work. We expect proactivity in learning. The current education and our culture has most of the young people asleep, waiting to be told what to do, afraid to take the reins. We provide the space and the tools to learn, but the learning process depends 100% on you.

 

We dream that there are more young farmers who work with passion, perseverance and professionalism. we would have loved to have access to this type of experience being younger.

 

Most young people discard small-scale organic agriculture because they do not see it economically viable. We are working to break that myth. We want that after the Program you can visualize, organize and carry out a similar project, being the farmer or supporting him.

Fitness

The work in the garden is hard. You have to flip compost, work the soil, transplant, move soil from one side to another and weed. You should be able to perform these tasks for eight hours a day, sometimes with a lot of sun, sometimes with a lot of cold and wind. The climate in Aysén is dynamic and unpredictable. If you have back problems, this program is not for you. If you are not used to working with your body, this program is not for you.

 

It's mandatory to hire travel insurance during the Program. The approximate cost is $25.000 CLP.

Program Cost

The program lasts four weeks and has a cost of $ 480,000 CLP. This year we will offer 4 50% co-financing scholarships. To apply, you must record a video of maximum 60 seconds in length, where you present yourself and tell us why you want to come and what you will do with the knowledge acquired. Upload the video to YouTube and send us the link attactched in the Application Form. You must deposit 50% of the cost to secure your spot. If for any reason you cannot attend, this amount will not be refunded but your spot will be secured for the next season.

You still want to come to Huerto Cuatro Estaciones?

You will learn how to produce food of the highest quality in a difficult climate. You will enjoy the spectacular surroundings and share with people from all over the world. Please submit the application attached below.

 

How to apply?

Submit this application before June 23th, 2019. After that date we will not receive more applications. Please, be brief and honest. The selected interns will be notified via emailduring the first week of July. You must confirm your attendance before July 14th 2019 and transfer 50% of the amount of the Program to ensure your spot. If for any reason you cannot attend, this amount will not be refunded but your spot will be secured for the next season. After this date, the waiting list will run and there are no exceptions to give more time.

Closed
Applications

 

Not for you?

Huerto Cuatro Estaciones is open to be visited from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 12:00 hrs and from 14:00 to 18:00 hrs. Thank you very much for your interest!

 

More information

 

Location

Bahía Catalina is the name of the farm where the Huerto Cuatro Estaciones is currently located. The field has a beautiful peninsula with 5 beaches on General Carrera Lake. We are one hour by car from Patagonia National Park and only 15 minutes from Puerto Guadal, where there are supermarket and basic services. We rent the land to the Ríos Chible family, we share with them some common areas. You will meet Miriam Chible and Patricio Segura the day you arrive. They are environmental activists and have played a leading role in the fight for life in Aysén for decades, against the mega dams (HidroAysén) and the new mining companies trying to settle in the General Carrera Lake basin.

Our Philosophy

The practice of the biointensive method is framed within a broader idea that is regenerative agriculture. Huerto Cuatro Estaciones and the Internship Program go in the same line of thought / action, where we seek to be a beacon of inspiration.

The only way to inspire is through experience and through the senses: beauty. Also through the knowledge of a productive system in harmony with nature that proves to be a real economic alternative, a profitable business working for the benefit of all. This is why we work with a lot of professionalism in everything we do, from the planning of the season to the weeding and harvesting, everything goes in the same direction, there are no small details.

Photo: Dillon Scheps © 2018 Huerto Cuatro Estaciones

FAQs

 

How to get there?

We recommend you to buy your airplane ticket to Coyhaique (Balmaceda Airport) in LATAM, Jet Smart or Sky Airlines in advance. The flights arrive after 10 am in the morning, so you will have to consider spending one night in Coyhaique and taking the bus the next day, as they depart from Coyhaique every day at 9 am.

Where to sleep and eat in coyhaique?

For accommodation in Coyhaique we recommend Hostal Gladys, Hostal Español and Casa Balmaceda Backpackers. There are others that you can search on your own. For eating we recommend Mamma Gaucha or corner Tropera, both one block from the plaza in Coyhaique.

 

What bus should I take?

We recommend you travel with the bus company Don Carlos, the office is half a block from the main square. Send an e-mail to tdoncarlos@patagoniachile.cl for inquiries and reservations. Address: 73 Subteniente Cruz Street, Coyhaique, XI Region. Phone: (67) 223 1981. We do not ensure that reservations can be made at all times. In high season (January and February) sometimes they do not, so we recommend going to the office before buying the ticket.

When should I get off the bus?

You must get off at Bahía Catalina, approximately 1 hour after passing through Puerto Tranquilo. Remember to mention this to the driver during the trip.

 

What day should I arrive?

You must arrive on the Friday of the beginning of each session. For example, if you come in the session that starts on January 18th, that means you must arrive on Friday, January 18th. The first weekend is an adaptation and the work in the garden begins the following Monday, in this case on Monday, January 21th. please respect this arrival structure.

 

What day should I leave?

If you come to the January 25th session, you will have a farewell dinner on Friday, February 22th where you will share with the interns who arrive to the next session. The interns who leave will travel the next day (Saturday 16 in the morning) by bus to Coyhaique or to travel through Patagonia.

 

We recommend you to organize your trip in order to spend a few days touring the surroundings of the region. When you are not traveling outside the garden, we will not be able to provide you with accommodation and / or meals, so if you travel, these are expenses that you should take into consideration.

Is there electricity and internet?

There is electricity in the administration facilities, but not in the campsite. In case you need, you must remember to bring your own universal adapter. As for the internet, there is an antenna with WIFI with limited and very slow access, only for messages, it does not work for photos, calls or videos.

 

What activities take course during weekends?

Sunday is free and you can do the activities that you want. Normally the interns go to the lake, to walk by the mountain or simply they rest and they enjoy the tranquility of the place. One of the interns will have to stay at least one day of the weekend in a month, to maintain the garden, water, manage the greenhouses and also receive visitors.

 

What camping equipment should I bring?

  • Tent of 3 or 4 seasons

  • Sleeping bag for -9ºC (hopefully for -27ºC)

  • Good quality mattress (thermarest or similar)

 

Which clothing/equipment should I bring?

(We recommend bringing only one backpack)

  • Waterproof shoes or hiking boots

  • Washable sandals or shoes type Crocs or similar

  • Quick drying long pants

  • Long underpants (September, October, March, April)

  • Thermal gloves (September, October, March, April)

  • Swimwear

  • Bath towel

  • First layer (capilene)

  • Second layer short and long sleeve (cotton or polar t-shirt)

  • Third layer (thermal polar)

  • Fourth layer (feather jacket or similar)

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Wide-brim or legionary type hat

  • Knee pads (something similar to this https://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-Ultra-Light-Green-94186997J/dp/B00005LEXF)

  • Water bottle

  • Headlamp

  • Harvest knife (Opinel Nº10 INOX is the ideal 

  • Sunscreen

  • Personal biodegradable cleaning articles (toothpaste, soap, shampoo, detergent)

  • Hand cream (work with the earth dries a lot of hands)

  • Notebook and pencil

  • Inspiring books to read and share

Where do I wash my clothes?

The campground has a laundry room and usually the wind dries the clothes in a day or less. Bring biodegradable soap. There is no washing machine or dryer.

 

Do Chileans pay?

All interns pay, however, Chileans can apply for a scholarship. To facilitate access to young people who are studying or have no way to finance the full program. this year we will offer 4 scholarships of 50%. To apply, you must record a video of a maximum of 60 seconds in length, where you can introduce yourself and tell us why you want to come and what you will do with the knowledge acquired. Upload the video to youtube and send us the link in the application form.

 

In what is invested the money paid by interns for the program?

Mainly in food and its preparation. Another part is invested in the maintenance of the areas you will use, such as camping, bathrooms, showers, living and dining. We know that it is a considerable investment. That's why we offer a quality Program.

 

How do I communicate with other interns?

We will create a WhatsApp group of the season. In the form we ask for the telephone number and if you are selected we will add you to this group, where you can ask the necessary questions and get in touch with the others.

 
Recommended
Readings

 

  • Masanobu Fukuoka - "The One-Straw Revolution"

  • Bill Mollison - "Introduction to Permaculture"

  • John Seymour - "The New Self-Sufficient Gardener"

  • John Jeavons -  “How to grow more vegetables”

  • Ernst F. Schumacher - "Small Is Beautiful"

  • Jeff Lowenfels - "Teaming with Microbes"

  • Eliot Coleman - "The Winter Harvest Handbook"

  • Eliot Coleman - "The new organic grower"

  • Kristin Kimball - "The Dirty Life"

  • Jean Martin Fortier - “The Market Gardener”

  • Curtis Stone - “The Urban Farmer”

  • Allan Savory - “Holistic Management”

  • Richard Perkins - “Making Small Farms Work”

  • Charles Hervé-Gruyer - “Miraculous Abundance”

  • Fernando Pia - “Huerta Orgánica Biointensiva"

 
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