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Main Description:

My husband and I own a 3 hectare self-sufficient organic farm on the Petite Cote of Senegal, West Africa. We grow traditional fruit trees, cultivate and harvest traditional and western vegetables and have chickens, sheep, rabbits, homing pigeons, horses and donkeys on the farm. I am American and my husband is Senegalese. We are looking for one or two volunteers to help manage the harvesting of the vegetables to sell in the local market and to the ex-pat community. As well, assist with watering and maintenance of the fruit trees and care of the animals. Some knowledge of French is helpful but not essential. Lodging is provided as well as a bicycle for transport. The farm is a 5 minute walk to the beach and 30 minutes by bicycle to a mid-size city. Thus far we have had a wonderful experience with Wwoofer from the US, Canada, France and Israel. We are expanding to be able to have more Wwoofers join us in the future. Please see our facebook page (open to all) at www.facebook.com/taaruaskan/




Organic Food: Broccoli, Bok Choy,C

Organic Principles: We use neem leaves from local plant for pesticide treatment

General Information:

The farm is situated in a small village called Mbodiene, near the city of Joal (aprox. 10 miles from the farm) on the coast of Senegal, known as the Petite Cote. French, Wolof and Sereer are the common languages in the area. However, there are Americans that live nearby and more and more young people speak English and are eager to learn English. Its a area rich in ecological and cultural diversity, right next to a 1,000 hectare protected forest where monkeys, wild boar and other wild animals live. There is Internet at the farm (utilizing USB Internet keys). Swimming, kayaking and horse back riding are fun activities people engage in, as well as dancing, singing and cultural events. The farm is 100 km from Dakar, the capital of Senegal with easy public transportation to and fro from Joal. There are Peace Corps volunteers and gap year students who live with local families in the area. While the farm is in the bush a short bike or horse ride away (or ten minutes by car) the City of Joal has most amenities one needs. Rice and fish is the main diet and Joal hosts the largest artisanal fishing port in western Africa.

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Last updated December 31, 1969, 4:00 pm