Sail Relief Team operates a volunteer house and small-scale sustainable farm in Vieques, Puerto Rico, home to La Finca de Hamberto and educational project AVES (Apoyo en Vieques para la Educación y la Sostentabilidad). We are a proud member of the Vieques Agricultural Collective.
La Finca operates as a learning farm, hosting educational seminars, assisting others with at-home gardening and livestock raising, and preparing for natural disasters through food security. Currently, 99% of food on Vieques is brought from mainland Puerto Rico by ferry, which are routinely unreliable in bad weather.
The farm is built primarily from recycled materials, including shipping pallets otherwise destined for the garbage dump. We have over twenty pigs, dozens of chickens, a small flock of sheep, and numerous ducks and turkeys. We sell chicken and duck eggs fresh daily.
We are growing a variety of different fruits and vegetables at La Finca, among them the native Caribbean crops yuca, yautía, aji dulce, gandules, and plantains, as well as tomatoes, cabbage, passionfruit, squash, bush beans, walking stick cabbage and eggplant.
We are constantly expanding the space available for growing more food. Currently, we sell bundles of fresh greens to residents, with the intention of supplying local restaurants with fresh produce soon. We have partnered with several local restaurants here on Vieques to rescue their excess and divert it away from the landfill, here for use at La Finca. Since the program began in 2018, we estimate we have saved over twenty-thousand pounds of usable excess from the landfill.
We are part of WorldWide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) and we also host farm volunteers via WorkAway. If you are interested in visiting, we provide lodging and meals, rewarding and impacting volunteer opportunities around the community, and a fun learning environment, asking a commitment of at least 4 hours of work daily and a stay no shorter than two weeks. Contact us below or via WWOOF or WorkAway.
Due to Covid19, we are following strict protocols in accepting volunteers. We want to ensure safety for both the community and our volunteers. We are still accepting volunteers at this time, but please contact us for further details regarding testing and travel.