Lo que pasa en la granja?

Así, un día estábamos todos pensando… sería algo hermoso crear esta interesante finca en la cual los niños y las niñas pudieran ser libres para jugar y aprender acerca del valor de ayudar a crecer sus propios alimentos; un lugar donde la niñez pueda cultivar el amor por la naturaleza, el estar al aire libre, para los animales, por la comida fresca, por las flores fragantes y mucho más. ¡Decidimos que tenemos que trabajar!

Ha tomado alrededor de dos años el actualizar este primer pensamiento, ¡y aquí estamos! Luquillo Farm Sanctuary ha nacido del profundo deseo de crear un espacio para niños y niñas de todas las edades, que vengan a asistir en desarrollar un centro de vida sostenible, donde se cultivan alimentos orgánicos y las conversaciones sobre Permacultura, Biodiversidad, Compostaje y Construcción Ecológica ¡son la orden del día!

Skai Juice y Lauribel López, directora y co-directora, respectivamente, son las dos agricultoras a cargo de esta importante operación. Ambas han estado trabajando diligentemente en este plan desde que se conocieron en la Marcha contra Monsanto, celebrada en octubre de 2013, mientras Skai vendía comida vegetariana y repartía volantes para las personas interesadas en venir y colaborar con este proyecto de vida. Se juntaron y culminaron los esfuerzos para la obtención, de parte de la Autoridad de Tierras, de la hacienda de 80 cuerdas, en la comunidad de Villa Angelina en Luquillo.  La Autoridad de Tierras es una división del Departamento de Agricultura, que tiene aproximadamente 10,000 hectáreas de tierra disponibles para cualquier persona interesada en la agricultura.  El proceso no es fácil, pero vale la pena si estás trabajando en cultivar comida y necesitas la tierra para hacerlo.

Luquillo Farm Sanctuary es el proyecto principal de la organización sin fines de lucro, Muévete Puerto Rico, Inc. Este se esmera en ofrecer una variedad de programas, principalmente para la niñez de toda la isla, en las áreas de producción de alimentos orgánicos, vida sustentable, comer sanamente y similares.

Los programas que estamos llevando a cabo actualmente son:

Campo Borikén, un campamento GRATIS, todos los sábados, de 9:00am a 12:00pm, en el que los niños y las niñas participan en actividades agrícolas. Sólo se solicita que los padres traigan meriendas para comer durante los recesos y plántulas, semillas, herramientas o cualquier otro artículo que se pueda utilizar en la finca y que se considerará como una donación a la misma.  Nos encantaría establecer el programa como uno basado en la comunidad y depender en gran medida de las donaciones y la cooperación tanto de los padres, madres y los(as) miembros de la comunidad. Este proyecto se está expandiendo hacia un campamento de verano en el que nos quedaremos todos y todas a dormir en la granja, el primero de esta clase en Puerto Rico.

 

Mi Escuela Natural, es un programa coordinado durante el año escolar, que invita a los(as) alumnos(as) a visitarnos y aprender acerca de agricultura orgánica y sobre los beneficios de comer
alimentos cultivados de forma natural. Nuestro diseño trae la juventud local a la finca a través de excursiones escolares para que les enseñemos temáticas como: Introducción a la granja, el desarrollo de la tierra virgen a una finca orgánica, próspera y sostenible, diseño de permacultura,  comienzo de la semilla y siembra, producción de composta, y preparación de comidas nutritivas. Nuestro enfoque es que los(as) niños(as) se logren expresar a sí mismos(as) a través del trabajo, el juego, y que experimenten la vida más cerca de la naturaleza.

Otros proyectos que la finca está edificando son:

“Energy Exchange Program” (Programa de Intercambio de Energía) – Las personas de alrededor del mundo pueden venir y trabajar en la finca por un periodo de hasta seis meses. Se les otorga un espacio para acampar en nuestro campamento rústico fuera de la red “off-the-grid”, (sin electricidad ni agua corriente) y tres comidas vegetarianas por día.

“Youth Journey Puerto Rico Program” (Programa Ruta de la Juventud a Puerto Rico) – Un nuevo plan que se ha creado para desarrollar una colaboración con maestros y maestras alrededor de Estados Unidos. Se les ofrece a estudiantes del mismo país, una oportunidad de aprendizaje de servicio en el cual vienen a la finca por una semana y participan en una aventura de excursión eco-educativa. Este programa le paga un estipendio al (la) maestro(a) o coordinador(a).

Si estás interesado(a) en ser parte de este programa o cualquier otro aspecto relacionado con la finca, por favor contacta Luquillo Farm Sanctuary en su página web: www.puertoricofarm.com  o por correo electrónico letsdothispr@gmail.com.  La granja necesita tu ayuda y participación de diferentes formas; no solamente con labor física pero, ayuda administrativa y las conexiones a los contactos y recursos adecuados.  ¡No seas un(a) extraño(a) y mantente en contacto con nosotros en Luquillo Farm Sanctuary! ¡Esto es por la niñez puertorriqueña y el futuro que nos aguarda!

BRIGADA ESTE SEMANA!!

Come and Volunteer at the Luquillo Farm Sanctuary!

Come and Volunteer at the Luquillo Farm Sanctuary!

Este viernes, el sábado y el domingo vamos a estar en la granja de trabajo en los proyectos! Venga y traiga algunos amigos! Tambien traigan sombreros, botas, y guantes! Los estudiantes Que necesiten cumplir con sus 40 horas de trabajo voluntario podran acumular mas horas. Cuantos más, mejor! Favor de confirmar su asistencia enviando un mensaje a: letsdothispr@gmail.com

Dirección de la Finca: Tome la ruta 3 hasta el km 36 en Luquillo. Gire hacia Liberty Cable justo después de Walgreens dependiendo de si usted viene de Río Grande o Fajardo … básicamente pasando de la playa a la carretera. Siga esa carretera pasando de Liberty cable a la intersección que se desprende en la Ruta 992. Tome ese derecho. En menos de un km, verá un letrero grande para VILLA ANGELINA a su derecha, tome esa derecha. Siga a la entrada de la finca, estacionar en el lado y entrar por del porton.

http://www.puertoricofarm.com

FARM UPDATES: Jan 22, 2014

Peace and Love All!

So last weekend we started working on the farm…it was AWESOME!  So many folks came out and helped with clean up, clear off, and dig up!  It was quite refreshing and fun…felt good to be out there.

Here it is!  The Luquillo Farm Sanctuary....you thought we were joking!

Here it is! The Luquillo Farm Sanctuary….you thought we were joking!

Still we have about 199 more years of work to do so we are continuing again this weekend so that we can get the farm up and running, poco a poco.  Off the top of my head this is what we are working on, what we need, and any and everything else I can think of:
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Lauri, Marisa and Vane stopping to eat!

Lauri, Marisa and Vane stopping to eat!

We need more volunteers…from both near and far.  In order to make this happen we need folks who would enjoy giving us some hours to help work the land.  We found out recently that high school students must provide 40 hours of community service.  We have the perfect project for you.  Please contact us to start your hours AHORA!!  Make sure you bring: gloves, boots, and a big wide hat.  That sun is no joke!

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We need a squadron of people who would like to stay on the farm part to full time.  We need to have presence on the land and in order for us to create a community based project where people see that we are there we would like to invite folks who can assist with this.  We want you to be fully integrated into the project but until we are able to build some cabins, life on the farm is going to be very rustic and off the grid.  We already spent the night there one night…and it was…how can I say this…HEY!  Those COWS!!  They were harmless…but nosy!  They were trying to check us out all night!  It was cool…we are invading their free range space right about now anyway.

Interested in doing some camping on the land…please let us know!  We would love to have you.  And YES, meals are included.

One question:  Do you like cows?

One of the Seven Dwarfs!

One of the Seven Dwarfs!

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Donations are needed in the following capacity:

Tools, Carpas (tents and pop-ups), Organic Seeds, Water hoses, PVC, gloves, hats, 5 gallon buckets with lids, pallets, and more.  We will constantly be adding to this list.  If there are things you have in the back of the garage and storage unit you would like to donate we would greatly appreciate it and will even arrange to have it picked up!  Thanks!

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We are planning on having a table at the Tinglar Festival.  We will be selling baked goods and beverages.  Also, giving out information on the farm, and getting more volunteers to participate.  Please ask your abuela or someone in the family that really knows how to bake to donate a home baked goodies (cookies, brownies, cakes: regular, organic, vegan or otherwise…just good) to sell for the organizations fundraising (no storebought items, please). And if you are able to hang out with us at the table for the day or a few hours…please let us know…we actually need to create a schedule to have the table fully manned.  The Tinglar Festival is on Saturday, April 12th. Check it out on FB…I don’t see their updated page up yet but I will repost it later.

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We still have those two positions to fill…please check the out on the site:  Grantwriter and Eco-Educational Coordinator.  They are commission based jobs.  We need qualified individual helping us to get the farm fully funded in all ways.  This is HUGE!

http://puertoricofarm.com/2013/11/21/positions-available/

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Please LIKE our facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/farmpr

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We have pushed back the Puerto Rico Junior Chef Competition…and are in the process of updating the Calendar.  We will post shortly.  Meanwhile please share the website:  www.prjuniorchef.com

And we need more children to participate…we need help pushing this!

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Geronimo is going to be heading up the Nuestro Mercado Verde farmer’s market on Saturdays starting soon…in FEB most likely!  He is looking for Vendors who sell locally grown and made items.  The donation to sell is $10.  Information will be posted shortly.  This is the only Mercado Agricola on the entire east coast of Puerto Rico and we will be marketing heavily from Canovanas through Humacao on Rt 3.  Interested in participating?  Please let us know!

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Lauribel will be heading up the Educational programs…we will soon be launching

Mi Escuela Natural:  a school program for students to come to the farm and enjoy a day of fun workshops and hands-on farming demonstrations

Campo Boricua:  a FREE Saturday program for children to come and spend the day at the farm learning about composting, organics, plant identification and other amazing adventures.  Parents must join the Parent Resource Team in order for their child to participate.

Check out her BIO here!

Lauribel strategizing about Farm Ops with Samuel...our farm Angel

Lauribel strategizing about Farm Ops with Samuel…our farm Angel

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If you are interested in participating in the farm in anyway, please make some noise!  We want you to participate and all dedicated volunteers will be the first to be hired in some capacity or another as it pertains to jobs on the farm as they become lucrative or funded.  Definitely need someone to head up the Volunteering program…you can start as a Volunteer…but then it will definitely become a real job.

Come and Volunteer at the Luquillo Farm Sanctuary!

Come and Volunteer at the Luquillo Farm Sanctuary!

SHOUT OUTS to:  Brandon and Family, Lauribel Lopez y Papi, Geronimo Robaina, Caleb, Hector, Joe Santiago, Ruth Beltran, Marisa and Luis, Vane, and let’s not forget the Seven Dwarfs (las Vacas)!!

Thanks all for your positive feedback and clever critiquing of our amazing project!  We appreciate you and want to see you out there under the son!  More time…ya here!

Peace!

Skai Juice
CIO
Chief Inspirational Officer
Directora
Muevete Puerto Rico, Inc
Luquillo Farm Sanctuary

http://www.puertoricofarm.com

BRIGADE THIS SATURDAY!!

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Peace and Love my Puerto Rican People!  It is with great excitement that I invite you over to the Luquillo Farm Sanctuary in the Villa Angelina sector of Luquillo for an amazing BRIGADE to launch the creation of this educational 80 acre organic farm. We are about to embark on an amazing journey to educate the community about the importance of growing healthy and organic foods and we need your help to get started.  This Saturday, we will be meeting at 8am to start with clean up, campsite set up, and starting our first farm bed to get ready for planting.  All those who would like to come and help, share, eat, have fun, and work hard are encouraged to come.  Please bring boots, gloves, and tools: pick axes, shovels, hoes.  If you are interested in camping too, let us know in advance.  We may have tents space for you…however if you have one bring it.  The land is very muddy!  Also if you would like to share in the contribution of food as well, it would help to, to bring any goodies that you may have growing or some staple items such as rice and beans that we can add.  Please contact us through facebook or email so that we can honestly assess how many people plan to attend, so that we have the necessary things needed to accommodate everyone, especially food. The Luquillo Farm Sanctuary is sponsored by Muevete Puerto Rico, Inc, a non profit organization dedicated to creating a healthier Puerto Rico!  Please Please Please spread this message far and wide.  With gratitude, your sister in the vision:  Skai Juice!

AYUDANOS!

Peace and Love Family!

Felicidades!!

Hola mis amigos! Sólo quería recordarles a todos que nos estaremos encontrando  en la granja mañana por la mañana para continuar con la configuración de la brigada. Por favor, hágamelo saber si usted es capaz de asistir y en qué momento.

Gracias Skai
939-891-9215

http://www.puertoricofarm.com

Dirección de la Finca: Tome la ruta 3 hasta el km 36 en Luquillo. Gire hacia Liberty Cable justo después de Walgreens dependiendo de si usted viene de Río Grande o Fajardo … básicamente pasando de la playa a la carretera. Siga esa carretera pasando de Liberty cable a la intersección que se desprende en la Ruta 992. Tome ese derecho. En menos de un km, verá un letrero grande para VILLA ANGELINA a su derecha, tome esa derecha. Siga a la entrada de la finca, estacionar en el lado y entrar por del porton.

FARM WISHLIST

Peace and Love Family!  

We are in process of getting this farm organized….here are some things that we need and this list will constantly keep growing.  If you have them or can find them please let us know!  Thanks

 FARM WISHLIST

5 gal buckets with lids

pallets

2 x 4s

Aluminum roofing

Paint

Tools:  machete, picks, axes, shovels, etc

Sand

Tents, tarps, air mattresses

Tables and Chairs

Hammer and Nails

Old tires

Boots

Planters and pots for planting

>>>>This is just a simple brainstorm we did recently…feel free to add to this list if you can think of anything.  We appreciate your support!  

Peace Skai

POSITIONS AVAILABLE!

Our Non-Profit Organization is seeking individuals to support us in a variety of much needed tasks.  Since we are in the very initial stage of development we are seeking someone who is able to work on a commission basis.  This is an effort generating concept and can be very lucrative as well.  Our program is a community based initiative with a purposeful mission.

The first position we are hiring for is a GRANT WRITER AND RESEARCHER.  We need someone who can dedicate their time to research and write grants for our organization on a continuous basis.  There is much money out there to be sought after.  This individual would be paid 10% of the fund when it is received.  The possibilities could range from $150 ($1500 grant) to $15,000 ($150,000 grant) for example. The individual can be either Bilingual or English only.  Grants to research can be on all levels: Local, Federal, and Private Foundations.  .  If you are interested in this initiative, please send a letter of intent to the following email address:

letsdothispr@gmail.com

The second position we are hiring for is also commission based.  This is an ECO-EDUCATIONAL GROUP LIAISON.  This individual would solicit youth groups around the country to come down to Puerto Rico to the farm and participate in a permaculture farming project on the land.  The program would focus on sustainable living and also offer some fun attractions for the youth to experience here in PR:  Surfing, hiking in the rainforest, beachtime…etc. The eco-educational program is a one week course that offers housing, meals, workshops, and excursions.  This individual would meet and/or communicate with parents, help them arrange travel, and be their host once the children arrive here in Puerto Rico.  If you live off island, your travel accommodations will be met as well.  The types of programs to solicit for youths interested in coming down can be: schools, other non profits, community centers, homeschool groups, etc.  This job can also be done from home as well.  We would also like to get groups from international cities as well….so the opportunity can be rather large. Compensation is approximately $1500 – $3000 per tour. If you are interested in this initiative, please send a letter of intent to the following email address:

letsdothispr@gmail.com