Applications for the Training Program are open until June 30, 2020.
Session 1 | September 28 to October 23, 2020
Session 2 | October 26 to November 20, 2020
Session 3 | November 23 to December 18, 2020
Session 4 | December 21, 2020 to January 15, 2021
Session 5 | January 18 to February 12, 2021
Session 6 | February 15 to March 12, 2021
Session 7 | March 15 to April 9, 2021
Session 8 | April 12 to May 7, 2021
Each era has its Epic, its Odyssey, its Great Adventure. Today our society and our economy are on a collision course. We need a radical change in the way we relate to nature, this is the Great Adventure of our time. It will lead us to a life-sustaining society, committed to the recovery of our world.
The transition is already happening!
Photo: Dillon Scheps © 2018 Huerto Cuatro Estaciones
The objective of this training is to inspire, educate and empower future farmers on how to operate a biointensive garden focused on direct sales, based on the practices of regenerative agriculture.
We want to share our knowledge with future farmers with serious intentions to establish a professional garden. We provide a workplace where you will practice and understand our system, participating in all the tasks carried out in the garden.
This Program will provide you with the technical and financial knowledge necessary to start a project and meet your goals.
This Program is an investment in your future business. This is not a volunteer Program . If your goal is not to start a professional market garden, this Program is probably not for you.
If your goal is to start a professional market garden, you will acquire skills in biointensive horticulture focused on direct sales, in a cold climate with short seasonality.
It is a training in a market garden with weekly sales targets. We have 7 years of experience with volunteer programs and internships. Today the Program is a training focused on future farmers. Please do not be confused, make your decision before applying.
Structure and Responsibilities
You will work in different aspects of production. Work and learning will be determined by the time of the season and includes: nursery work, greenhouse work, soil and compost preparation, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, preparing shares for CSA, restaurant, farmer’s market, among others.
You will also be part of the community that lives on the farm, where we share tasks that include: chopping wood, lighting the fire in the early morning, cleaning composting toilets and common areas, washing dishes, organizing the recycling bins, among others.
We believe that the best way to learn is by working and taking responsibility. Practical learning will be accompanied by theoretical learning.
During your stay we will teach classes on the following topics:
Living soils. Fertility management based on compost and green manures.
Design of biointensive market garden.
How to create a healthy environment for the plants, animals and humans that inhabit the farm.
Management of crops in the farm.
Planning the biointensive garden to meet financial goals.
We have a small library with world reference books on the biointensive method and other areas of regenerative agriculture.
The order and thoroughness of the work on the farm is very important to us. At the end of each day all tools are washed and stored in their respective places, and all work areas are checked and cleared of garbage of any kind. We are inspired by "Lean" thinking.
We recommend scheduling your trip with an extra week or two, either before or after the end of the Program, since during this you will not have time to get to know the national parks and surrounding areas.
The Program requires 100% of your time in the garden during these 4 weeks.
Our garden work week consists of full days from Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with an hour of rest at noon.
07:00 - 08:00 hrs Breakfast
08:00 - 12:00 hrs Morning activities
12:00 - 01:00 hrs Lunch
01:00 - 14:00 hrs Cleaning common areas and rest.
2:00 - 6:00 hrs Afternoon activities
6:00 - 6:30 hrs Cleaning common areas
6:30 - 7:30 hrs Dinner
You must be prepared to spend your entire stay camping in your own tent, so you must have a good sleeping bag (at least for 15° F), a high-quality insulated sleeping pad, and a 3- or 4-season tent. The campsite is equipped with two composting toilets and two hot water showers.
We are omnivores and are constantly looking for organic, local, and non-industrial food for consumption, it is an ever-evolving search! We offer a balanced homemade diet that includes: meat, dairy products, eggs, vegetables, and whole foods. All meals are prepared onsite by our chef.
We do not eat industrial chicken, industrial pork, industrial beef, tuna or industrial salmon, industrial white flour or industrial sausages.
As a large group of 12 or more people, it can be difficult and not always possible for us to prepare separate meals; so, if you are vegan, celiac, or have a food allergy please take this into consideration. However, there is almost always vegetarian food available.
We are looking for young people who are on the road to build their own market garden.
Who is the Program for?
People who wants to learn how to manage a 1-acre market garden with clear financial goals. Our weekly sales goal is $ 2,000,000 CLP. If you are structured and take this seriously, you can achieve and even exceed this goal.
The Program is also for people who are not necessarily farmers, but are interested in learning how to grow real food. Our model can be used in a home garden context.
We will demand from you a lot of physical work, efficiency and neatness.
Who is the Program NOT for?
Total beginners. If you have never gotten your hands in the soil, we recommend you take a volunteer program in some garden where it is offered, such as the WWOOF network.
People under 21 years old.
People who will not put into practice what they have learned.
People looking to earn fast money.
People who don't want to make an effort to learn.
People who have no respect for others.
If you create problems with alcohol or drugs, we will ask you to leave without a refund.
What do we expect from you?
That you have things thought through. If you come it is because you probably made a decision and want to dedicate yourself to this. We hope for reciprocity, dedication and passion for the work. We expect proactivity in learning and working hard. The education system has young people asleep, waiting to tell them what to do and to give them all the answers. We provide the environment and the tools, but learning depends on you.
We dream of more young farmers working with passion, perseverance, and professionalism.
Most of the young people discard this job because they see it as not economically viable. We work to break that myth.
Farm work is not easy; however, it is rewarding. Every day we are engaging in physically demanding work; from turning compost and working the soil, transplanting and weeding beds, we are constantly on our feet. You should be able to carry out these tasks for 8 hours a day in all weather conditions. The weather in Patagonia is dynamic and unpredictable, as is each and every day on the farm.
If you have back problems, this Program is not for you.
If you are not used to manual labor, this Program is not for you.
It is essential to take out Travel Insurance for the number of days you will be working on the farm. The approximate value is $35 USD for the month. Google to find one that works for you. We will ask you for your Insurance once you arrive.
The Program lasts for four weeks (26 days) and has a value of $ 650,000 CLP. You can PayPal in USD if you are coming from abroad.
If you are selected for the Program, we require a 50% deposit of the total value to secure your spot. Please keep in mind that if you are selected and not able to pay the deposit, we will have to give your spot to someone else on the waiting list.
If for any reason you are unable to attend, unfortunately this amount will not be refunded, but your spot will be kept for one year.
You still want to come to Huerto Cuatro Estaciones?
You'll learn how to manage a biointensive garden with productive and financial objectives. You will be part of a team that seeks to produce high quality food in a difficult climate, enjoying a spectacular environment and sharing with people from other parts of the world.
How to apply?
Complete this application before June 30, 2020. After that date we will not receive any more applications. After that date we will not receive more applications. Please, be brief and honest.
Those selected will be notified via email during the first two weeks of July 2020. You must confirm your attendance before July 30, 2020 by transferring the 50% deposit to ensure your spot. You can pay by either bank deposit or PayPal.
If you are selected and on July 30 you have not yet secured your spot, we will have to give it to the next person on the waiting list.
Location and Context
Currently Huerto Cuatro Estaciones is located in Bahía Catalina. It is a peninsula at the south-west end of General Carrera Lake, an hour drive from Patagonia National Park and 15 minutes from Puerto Guadal, where there are shops and 3G phone signal.
We lease 4-hectares from the Ríos Chible family. They are environmental activists and for more than 3 decades have worked in different causes, such as Patagonia Without Dams and movements against industrial mining in the lake basin.
Through the practice of the biointensive method we seek to be a beacon of inspiration.
Our way of inspiring is proving to be a real economic alternative that benefits everyone, educating through experience, working with discipline, seeking continuous improvement, creating quality products, promoting scenic beauty and the well-being of Nature.
Photo: Dillon Scheps © 2018 Huerto Cuatro Estaciones