Betty Gray of Gray River Farms near Boquete and David Panama (Boquerón to be exact) just minutes from the Costa Rican border is leasing her 3 year permie project. The site is beautiful with a stream, pond, acres of plantain, sweet potato, a treatment facility for bamboo, chickens and a stellar nursery. There are two full time employees there on site. The lease terms would be free rent for 2 years, 25% of profits, 10k deposit returnable at the end of lease, option to buy. I have been there and it is a beautiful area, She also has pig facilities and has been doing some paddock shifting with them. You could live on or off site. The town of Boquerón is a only few miles down with plenty of rentals, some with pools. Its warm there (being that I am from Montana) but not as warm as David. If you want a reality in Panama or Central America, this could be a serious start as she would let you take over her nursery stock, which is an asset right off. I would say Spanish is a must in order to function down there. Call me for any info 406-314-3808 Kelly Ware (firstname.lastname@example.org) or contact Betty directly, she can Skype with you. Betty Gray: email@example.com This is a generous offer in my estimation!!!
Here are the terms in Betty's words:
If I lease it, I expect the lessee to pay for electricity and to make their own internet contract.
I wish I could find someone from the South of the US, because, people are unrealistic about heat. Boqueron is not even that hot. At 1100ft above sealevel, it is much cooler than David is at 46Ft. If someone does not plan to work on the farm themselves, they will have a hard time making a living with high payroll costs. It has a river, a good well, and a spring-fed pond. There is also a good road and it is close to the PanAmerican highway. It is difficult to compare to other properties.
My terms would be:
2 years free rent
Then 25% of the production.
They would repair what is broken, e.g., the chipper, the cement mixer, the well, and tools. They could use the containers for storage or living quarters, but they would have to maintain them well and keep them clean. NO trash around on the ground.
There is an air conditioner and windows in the container closest to the bathroom, and, there are 3 air conditioners there in storage. If the tools were moved out of the other container of the barn, then they could have a house the size of mine. While I would buy materials to make it liveable, I would expect them to do the work or hire it done.
If they lived there, they could open the front up as a nursery and see plants. They can have the plants that are there. (I am planning to plant all the food plants/trees in April/May)
If someone is serious about getting a start, I cannot imagine better terms.
I would want them to operate on permaculture terms, but if there were situations that might need exceptions, I would want to be consulted for approval.
I would give them first right to buy,
I want $10,000 deposit which I will return at the end of the lease period. The reason for the deposit is to protect me from damage to my buildings and equipment. Also, there will be the expense of the legal contract. I do not want to have people leaving in the night and leaving behind a mess. "
Long term lease is preferred or available.
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