What do volunteers do at Yamana?
Volunteers at Yamana have the opportunity to plant crops,
harvest edibles and learn how to cook them, produce homemade fermented foods,
bake fresh food, interact with the farm animals, and much more. Every day is different, and the work
also varies with the seasons. A
typical day starts at 9am and ends at 4:30pm, with a two hour lunch break in
between. Many volunteers
come as WWOOF’ers (World Wide
Organization of Organic Farms), and receive free food and lodging in return
for working each day.
Taiwan encompasses several diverse ecosystems, and volunteers at Yamana will experience both sub-tropical and temperature agricultural techniques. Volunteers may also participate in monthly courses Yamman holds on traditional food production. Examples of past class topics have included soy sauce, vinegar, tofu, cheese, wine, jelly, and clay oven-baked bread.
To hear about the experiences of past volunteers, check out the following links:
Hiking – Yamana Garden is located within walking distance of Yangmingshan National Park and many other hiking trails
Sightsee in Taipei – while public transport to and from the farm is difficult, the proximity of downtown Taipei (30 min by car) makes it convenient to sightsee before or after your stay at the farm
Hot springs – Yamana is located in the heart of many natural hot springs on Yangmingshan Mountain, 30-40 minutes walking distance is a local free hot spring that volunteers may visit
Visit nearby farms – Yamana sits next to many small farms, walking 5 minutes up the hill brings you to a goat farm with homemade goat-milk ice-cream, and many other interesting farms are also very close