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Join Cocolandia!

We are looking for vegans that enjoy an ecologically-sustainable dietary lifestyle to join us in our goals of sustainable and regenerative planting, applying fruit-based reforestation and environmentally-friendly construction methods, and decentralising food production while living closer to nature. We welcome and encourage a diverse spectrum of experiences and skills, along with motivation and an aspiration to learn. Knowledge of construction, sustainable methods of food production, ecological technologies, and massage therapy are a plus.

"If the premises are sufficient, they are so no matter by whom stated." -- Morris R. Cohen

We do not charge money to stay here and help out or to partake in the abundance that the land provides. However, please see our "Info" page for details on all facets of the project (including necessities that do indeed exist for each accordingly).

Daily tasks, work, play, projects, et cetera

  • Soil-building! Composting, mulching, planting ground-cover and chop-and-drop species -- sequestering carbon!
  • Planting! in ground from seed, rooting cuttings, in pots for the nursery, and transplanting
  • Propagating by rooting cuttings, air-layering, grafting
  • Mulching HEAVILY around trees
  • Watering and maintaining the greenhouses/nursery, fertilising plants
  • Chopping (unwanted) weeds and grasses
  • Managing compost from the kitchen and the composting toilets
  • Cleaning the facilities and living spaces
  • Harvesting fruits
  • Pruning large trees
  • Maintaining and upgrading facilities, irrigation, tools, and other infrastructure
  • Collecting important local seeds and plants to propagate
  • Educating oneself on sustainable polyculture principles and agroforestry (planting companions, fruit tree parameters and care)
  • Collecting organic material to add to potting soil (leaves, rice/maize husks, legume pods, and other matter from the surrounding area)
  • Planting toxic herbs and spiny shrubs in order to deter cows and goats (alliums, garlic vine, marigold, neem, poisonbean, mesquite...)

Joining Us
Those that share the Vision and Mission of Cocolandia and are seriously interested in joining the quest for (peaceful) world domination via cooperative fruiterrarismblatantly planting as much fruit as possible, regardless of what non-fruitarians may think, in pursuit of the political aim of creating an alternative to Babylon -- derived from "Terra Frutis", respect for personal freedom, and non-violent honesty in communication are encouraged to review to full comprehension the following webpages in their entirety:
https://cocolandia.org/about/
https://cocolandia.org/info/
https://cocolandia.org/member-call-out/
https://cocolandia.org/plant-genetics-wanted/
and then proceed to submit a volunteer application. We request that each individual planning to arrive at Cocolandia fill out a separate
---- Questionnaire ---- if capable of doing so, even if arriving with others.

A security deposit of 60 USD will be collected from each new arrival. Deductions from this include a share of the monthly utility bills and any incurred costs of replacing lost/broken items or killed plants. Volunteers that stay for less than three weeks forfeit their entire security deposit.

All interested in volunteering and potential membership will have their inquiries/questionnaires reviewed at our Cocolandia meeting. The existing project members will decide via consensus whether to extend an invitation to interested persons who have sent questionnaires. We only accept those who can commit to at least a three-week stay. Accepted applicants are considered volunteers for their first six months here and will work on designated tasks for 20 hours per week, during which time it will become apparent whether they are a proper fit for Cocolandia. Regardless of whether or not they are interested in becoming a long-term member of the project, volunteers will have the opportunity to live and "work" on the land while cultivating experience in building food forests and enjoying the abundant sunshine and aesthetics of one of Ecuador's many beautiful climate zones. During these first six months, volunteers interested in membership may participate in meetings and contribute to the discussion but may not participate in the final decision-making process. After this six-month trial period, existing members will decide via consensus whether to extend full membership. Furthermore, after one month of a volunteer being at Cocolandia, existing members will conduct a preliminary review of whether the person seems to be a suitable fit in the project as well as ask the person to review whether the Cocolandia project fits them. If either of these is not the case, the existing members may ask the person to leave. A similar pre-acceptance review also occurs after three months.

Note:
Cocolandia is one project in the Terra Frutis network of vegana philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude — as far as is possible and practicable — all forms of exploitation of and cruelty to animals projects -- those that plan to exploit non-human animals, keep them in captivity, or consume their products while involved with Cocolandia need not apply.