Help with mostly outdoor projects at a small b&b in the hills of Managua, Nicaragua –

Help with some outdoor projects at a small b&b in the hills of Managua, Nicaragua

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    We are a small B and B located on a working farm located in the hills of Managua overlooking volcanoes and forest. We have opportunities primarily in agriculture but also in running the B and B too. If you have interest in permaculture, have a strong work ethic, can drive a standard (stick) truck, and would enjoy meeting Farmstay guests, get in touch with us. Family-run with babies and young children living onsite. We do fun stuff too, with our swimming pool and various outings to beaches, volcanoes, lakes, islands, colonial towns, etc.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists

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    We always have ag and maintenance projects ongoing. For example in ag: digging holes to plant plantains in, transplanting vetiver grass on lines of contour, mounding up and layering hugelkuktur beds, planting beans and corn, chopping weeds, picking fruit, etc. Maintenance: painting, landscaping, gardening, small repairs. Ideally, early morning hours for ag and later in the day do maintenance tasks.
    I would also like some occasional help with picking up and dropping off of guests at the airport and eventually leading some tours. Having permaculture experience with valid driver’s license would be ideal. Three month commitment preferred. Room and board and some possible tips from guests.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish, Miskito

  • Accommodation


    Custom bunk beds, full size. If we have two volunteers you’ll have a roommate! Shared bath, poolfront location with mountain and volcano views.

  • What else ...

    What else …

    We have a great location for doing anything in Nicaragua basically. Near lakes, volcanoes, beaches, Colonial and surf towns. Easy to go anywhere in Managua, Masaya, Granada and the Pueblos Blancos. On weekends, Ometepe, San Juan del Sur, Leon, Chinandega, Matagalpa, and other places further out.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Volunteering hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week


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Is a swimming pool with a tropical view in your future?

Is a swimming pool with a tropical view in your future?

Coming in late or leaving early but don’t want to be “in” Managua? BnB

Coming in late or leaving early but don’t want to be “in” Managua? BnB.

Poolside at the Farmstay

Looking for a friendly face and a tranquil and cool place to stay that first or last night in Nicaragua?

Due to airline schedules and travel times, many visitors to Nicaragua arrive late at night or depart very early in the morning. For some, that means staying overnight in the Managua area.

Assuming you did not come to Nicaragua to stay at a chain hotel similar to what you have in your hometown, consider staying in the best-rated lodging in Managua that has a Nicaraguan flavor with first-world comforts and customer service.

Farmstay El Porton Verde is a small bed and breakfast located on a farm in the breezy hills south of Managua approx. 2 km off of kilometer 10.5 of the Road to Masaya (Carretera a Masaya). With our outstanding views, four-star quality guest rooms, and gorgeous swimming pool, we offer a quiet and fresh alternative to the airport- and downtown-area chain hotels and small inns. Our motto is: “we are located in Managua, but being here feels like a world away…” but the only way to really appreciate it is to be here for yourself. We invite you to visit and stay with us at the farm.

Your host Mike welcomes you with personalized service and attention to detail that the most discerning travelers can appreciate. We hope to help you have a relaxing stay here in Nicaragua from the moment you leave the customs area at MGA airport to the moment you pass through security on your way back home. For those first-time visitors, here is a link to my blog about What’s the drill? What to expect when arriving at MGA Managua’s Augusto Sandino International Airport

We work and live on a small (eight acre) organic permaculture farm located in the breezy hills south of Managua, overlooking Ticuantepe and Masaya, Nicaragua. We enjoy the views, peace and tranquility here so much, we decided to share it with a select group of travelers…if are you one of those who want a unique Nicaraguan vibe from your first to your last night in-country, then we are the right place for you!

You will not be ‘roughing it’ at El Porton Verde, far from it, as the property has excellent amenities usually found in four star hotels such as custom-made furniture, quality beds, bedding and towels. We also have a swimming pool, free high speed WiFi, and delicious Nicaraguan breakfasts that typically include ingredients grown and raised here on the farm.

Airport pickup and drop off service is available. We give you the “soft landing” treatment from the moment you pass through Customs at the airport until you go home. We also provide local half-day and full-day tours of our local area such as Volcano Masaya, the Masaya Artisan’s Market, the Pueblos Blancos, Granada, etc.
If you would like a little slice of Paradise, Nicaragua-style, we welcome you to stay with your host Mike. Please note: Check in 2pm. Check out 12noon. Only cash on arrival. We accept PayPal and are listed on air bnb. Cancellation policy 48 hours. Breakfast is included.

We have lodging for groups of up to 14.

Sustainable Tourism in Nicaragua (video in Spanish)

The above video is well done, has good production values and I like the focus on the northern Nicaraguan area, the “Ruta del Cafe” or Coffee Route is one of these ideas that the national tour agency gets to promote an area and/or activity/interest under one umbrella, that is for sure, but if I can put on my critic’s cap here, the presentation, while nice, does not mention a webpage where one can actually find out more and possibly book a tour! The title of the video is UNICOOTUR and the logo on the video says UNICOTOURS. Neither of which appear to be connected with a sustainable tourism organization located in Northern Nicaragua. So sorry but I couldn’t find any actual links for you. But, again, pretty video. Enjoy!

I wanted to share with you some actual links to Sustainable Tourism in Nicaragua for you to take a look at, but there really aren’t any, either in Spanish or English! I do know about a few, but they are not really any sort of organization of sustainable tourism in the country, just listings and some general information. Well, here’s what I have:

There are several properties that are self-described “sustainable tourism” destinations, and most if not all of these tend to be legit as far as the eco-friendly standards such as trying to save electricity, water, promote ecological practices in general, including permaculture and other sustainable farming techniques.

Some of these are listed here:

There are a bunch more, most of which are new that I haven’t really heard or know anything about. If you know of anymore and can personally recommend them, please comment here!

Sadly, that’s about it!

permaculture alternative spring break | Lost Valley Educational Center & Community

permaculture alternative spring break | Lost Valley Educational Center & Community.

Permaculture Alternative Spring Break in Nicaragua

Pick one (or more) of three separate one-week sessions at our sister site:

March 2-9, 2013 (Week 1)

March 9-16, 2013 (Week 2)

March 16-23, 2013 (Week 3)

Lost Valley and our partner community Hijos del Maiz in northern Nicaragua are pleased to announce our joint courses this March.  There will be three one-week programs focused on permaculture in theory and action, in this special communal setting.  Escape the cold/rain/snow to experience a week (or more!) of life in the warm and dry 200-person former co-operative community of El Lagartillo, and with its proactive association (Hijos del Maiz) leading the village in ecological, social, and economic improvements. Stay with an experienced homestay family, study permaculture 4 hours per day, work on an implementation project 2 hours per day, and receive 2 hours per day of individual Spanish lessons from an experienced language instructor. Permaculture instruction will focus on both physical systems (water, food production, etc.) and social systems (managing conflict, etc.), and will tie into the hands-on project(s).  During our Program Director’s visit there in March 2012, the community was constructing its first dry-season vegetable garden, and has plans for many other projects (seethis articleabout that visit).  The permaculture instructors will be be partly from Lost Valley and partly from the community, which has a number of members who have completed Permaculture Design Certificate courses and wants to move more in this direction.  There will also be emphasis put on the unique history of this Sandinista community from the early 1980′s through tragic and challenging times to the stepwise flourishing of recent years.  It is a special group of people, and you will get to know them during your time there.

Students will fly into the international airport in Managua (airfare not included in tuition), andbe taken care of from there, spending a night nearby and being driven to El Lagartillo the next day.  Students will haveall meals and accommodation provided by their host family, then transported back to the airport at the end of their week.  There will be a select number of community members in the course as well, to build up local knowledge and experience, and translators will be provided as needed.  There will be optional outings to nearby places of note, plus time to relax if you desire (because, after all, you’re on vacation!).

This experience will be far more than an international service trip that one might partake in through a different organization, as ours is also a course in permaculture and includes two hours per day of semi-private Spanish lessons by instructors who do this for a living.  These three focus areas will be connected so as to create an integrated thematic experience (if the student chooses; language sessions are extremely flexible as to focus).  There is also an element of powerful local history and social justice, which can flow into discussions of social permaculture.  The combination of permaculture instruction, related service project, language learning, and community living – all in the warm, dry tropics – is a unique offering.

I am excited to learn about these tour dates that have been organized by a place up in Oregon (looks like it is not too far from Eugene) for folks to come down to Nicaragua and live/work on a permaculture farm, living with local families, etc. Overall, it sounds like a great program.

This is a venture with the local Nicaraguan group, Hijos del Maiz. Very much encourage you to check it out! I want to learn more about Hijos del Maiz and will post more as I learn more.

WooHoo! Another great TripAdvisor Review for our Managua B&B, Farmstay El Portón Verde

Farmstay El Portón Verde on

Hope you get by to visit again on your way back through Managua!

Thanks to AgroJunkie for a nice review on TripAdvisor!  He and his lovely Honduran girlfiend were a laugh riot, one of the funnest couples we have yet had the pleasure to have hosted. They showed up completely without warning and luckily we were able to accommodate them.  Right on dude, way to live the life!

They actually came to us because they read that we employ permaculture farming techniques on the finca.  So glad they came!

UPDATE: So this particular couple came to El Portón Verde on Friday night. The next day they went to Granada and stayed in some hospedaje over there.  Sunday afternoon, we get another knock on the old portón verde and who is there but AgroJunkie and his amiga! “Hey do you have a room for us?” Sure come on in we say.  “We really like it here and don’t want to stay anywhere else!” So our drop in visitors have returned and are spending two more nights with us.  Talk about your repeat visitors!


Cooperatives promote production and consuming of Ojoche | YouTube Video

This is a fantastic tree with nutritious nuts that has an interesting backstory. It is a native tree that has sort of fell out of favor in modern times. Thanks primarily to the Maya Nut Institute, this product is changing lives of the producers, and now is being used to bake breads and cookies that the Nicaraguan government buys and which then provides the healthy snacks to schools and elder-care facilities in the country.

We obtained some Ojoche seeds and are trying to start some seedlings for transplantation on the farm. I think it is a nice addition to our food forest and a good tree to add another dimension to our permaculture activities at Farmstay El Porton Verde.

Hugelkultur Permaculture Landscaping

As part of our ongoing experiments with selected permaculture-related projects, we are putting together what is called a Hugelkultur Raised Bed.

We have a little terraced area located below our hydro-pneumatic water storage system very near to our kitchen (zone 1 anybody?). These are tree branches, some really big and thick, that came from a tamarind tree that we had to trim back quite a bit.

So the idea is that you put these trees down and simply pile dirt over the top.  But they say to do it about five feet wide and 6 or even 7 feet tall!  The higher and steeper the form the more water it stores during the rainy season. Supposedly, these are “no-water” gardens; once established, as the wood breaks down it becomes more and more of a sponge and you can grow tasty vegetables and fragrant herbs without needing to water the raised bed.

In forthcoming days we will be adding some plantain tree trunks, some mixed tree branches, dead leaves, and on top of that some green materials and semi-finished compost, then finally just some plain old dirt dug up for another project.  Then plant, water to ensure the seedlings thrive, and, well we’ll see and report back to you, our faithful reader(s)!