FruitHaven EcoVillage – a relatively new raw vegan/fruitarian community and permaculture food forest project located in Chuchumbleza, Morona-Santiago, Ecuador, about 45 minutes from Mount Frutis.
Located in Zapotillo, in the south-western part of Ecuador, Cocolandia is home to a mature coconut grove. Approximately 12 hectares in size and bordering a river and a road, this is an excellent location for many fruits such as figs, dates, mangoes, bananas, and much more. We are currently in search for resourceful individuals with managerial/leadership skills who would be willing to start up a community and permaculture food forest project at Cocolandia with very limited assistance and a small but reasonable budget. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Pura Fruta – A new community starting near Puerto Viejo on the Carribean side.
Rawtreat – Two locations in Costa Rica. Information on community membership/volunteering is on the website, as well as contact info.
“Raw food community, retreat & educational project based upon self-sufficiency and natural, simple, off the grid life, (vegan) rawfoodism, spirituality (Deep-ecology oriented), etc…. our project is a tropical fruit tree sanctuary. We need passionate individuals who would like to help us take care of one the of worlds largest selections of rare and exotic tropical fruit trees!”
Fees: Varies, but you will pay a security deposit that ensures you stay for at least the first month, and you will pay a reasonable $100-$200 per month (more specific numbers on website), with a discount for each additional month you stay. After 6 months or so you can apply to become a community member, so no more money will be required. This is mainly to ensure serious applicants, as many people aren’t quite serious and will leave after a few weeks. Also, at the Rawland property they are looking for a manager; see website for details.
Asia / Pacific
If you want to know about various fruit-based permaculture projects going on in the tropical regions of Australia and how you can help, please contact Jesse Radja on Facebook.
An established project in north-eastern Spain with several residents. Situated on 6 hectares with many fruit trees.
(In Kenya and the rest of Eastern Africa, most people of the younger generation speak English.)
Informal city community of fruitarians/natural hygienists living in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, which has a sub-tropical USDA Zone 9. Many public fruit trees, active harvesting/foraging operations, fruitlucks, and community events. Contact email@example.com for info on relocating there.
A 2-hectare private permaculture food forest project in south-eastern Florida.
Feel free to suggest other projects to be listed here – projects that are inspired by the idea of returning humanity to a sustainable path via biologically-diverse fruit forests and small-scale, voluntary community models.