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I am starting a farm here in PR. I have no idea how this is going to work...I just know that it needs to happen. I want to build a non-profit farm for children...where they can camp, have fun, and work the land. I would love if anyone can assist me in anyway with this project. I need help in all areas...from actual online expertise to someone physically coming and being apart of it. I have just went to see some of the land that they are giving out at the Land Authority here. I have found one particular plot that is gorgeous...a hillside a few miles from the beach. The agent said it was a humid area...so it depends on what I want to grow there. The land is about 20 acres. I feel that is a good amount to start with.

Please share any ideas...or things I should be looking for. Oh yeah, another big thing is that I have to find the money to fund this. The land is pretty cheap..about $125 a month for 10 years...then it is yours. But to buy seeds, and equipment etc. And to build cabins...that is going to cost...so I still need to figure this out.

Anyway, all your advice is greatly appreciated.

Peace Skai

 
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"The land is pretty cheap..about $125 a month for 10 years...then it is yours. But to buy seeds, and equipment etc. And to build cabins...that is going to cost...so I still need to figure this out."

Greetings Skai!!!

I have been forever interested in possibilities in PR and recently lived on a farm with a gal from there who just wanted to get out - primarily because of "the politics/unemployment" etc. However, and I still don't know her exact "dilemma" - perhaps it was her boyfriend! - as an unfortunate holding an american passport, it seems like one of the last "safe" tropical areas to dive into and the SURF IS EXCELLENT!!! SO, before I carry on, let me say your most important NEED & question to ask is WATER, WATER & WATERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!! At $125/mnth you need nothing but that - WATER!!! (and maybe depending on the rainfall in that area you don't even need that!). 20 acres of gorgeous land on a hillside is fabulous AS LONG AS IT IS NOT FACING EAST!!! Whatever the case, if you get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day you'll be ok (but not ideal-"depending"). SEEDS - no problem. They are cheap...HUMMMM, the thought just occurred to me, are your plans capitalist or regenerative/sustainability? If you want to CAPITALIZE, then yes, YOU NEED LOTS OF MONEY! if you want to create a beautiful little nitch of Heaven, you need next to nothing!!!

-You can get free seeds on line
-Greens and sprouts are edible within two weeks
-You can easily set up a tent compound and/or go crazy and
start with ONE shipping container and build on it from there
-For $125/mnth you can build with your hands, shovel, machete, and a spoon!!!
-You don't need "equipment" unless you're "after something"...
THE BIG QUESTION IS WHAT DO YOU WANT AND WHAT ARE YOU AFTER?

I could go on and on, but with out more info there's really no point.
WHERE IS IT?
I'll tell you right now, I would be pitching my tent and planting arugula this very minute
if I came across such an opportunity.

The bottom line is that if it is a descent "piece" of 20 acres! for $125/mnth you could start a REVOLUTION!

Fill me in on your reality and I can tell you much more.

Buena Suerte,

Sea Urchin

PS-If your story is true and you don't or aren't ready to go for it, please let me know and I'll start tomorrow!
If you are ready, depending on where it is, I'd be more than happy to help you out and manage it for you...
 
                    
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Oh no...this is a very serious project. I am totally into making this into a reality. I want it more that I know how. The land is Virgin, meaning there is nothing on it. There is no road either. Its just a big mound...which needs to be COMPLETELY developed. I called the agent for the project to ask about water. Unfortunately, there is no natural running water (above ground) in that area...however he said through the program the dept will help with 50% of the cost to install a water line and electricity...which I think is still cool. I want to unplug from the world...but not completely. And the possibility of digging a well is there too.

If you are down I would love to discuss further my ideas. I need someone who is really into this. And knows what to do. I am definitely willing to go rough and live on the land...however, I still need to sustain myself until the organization is sustainable. My ideas on how it can generate income to provide employment, supplies, building materials...and whatever else is needed are very sound. My talent in coagulating the vision. Im good at researching and putting things together.

I know what I want with this. I want several people who want to come and be apart of this FULL TIME> Im hoping to start up next summer with a summer camp for kids. If I can get the land soon...they said it takes about 2 months for all the paperwork to go through. Then I want tons of volunteers who will come and stay with us for short periods of time..to help with special projects or just to wwoof...etc. Im not really interested in making this into a huge community village...Ive been there and done that...and I think it wouldnt be my thing. This project has a few objectives and I want to stay on that. There is a lot of available land here in PR for all sorts of farming projects, but this particular project I think would be very specific and special.

Feel free to email me to further discuss the possibilities...I would love someone dedicated to helping me to make this happen.

THANKS!

skaijuicepr@gmail.com
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