Our goal at Terra Frutis is to spread and inspire the creation of bountiful food forests throughout the world so that more people can escape the financial fiction, live a sustainable lifestyle, and lessen their harmful impact on the planet. The purpose of this page is to provide a listing of similar projects around the world, including details and contact information for those who are interested.

Other Fruit Forest / Raw Vegan Community Projects
This website currently focuses on Mount Frutis, our primary location in south-eastern Ecuador near Gualaquiza. You can come live here and help us with the project, or you can buy land nearby and become a part of the project that way. We list a number of other fruit forest communities here which have various ownership situations and policies on staying:

South America

Ecuador

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.

Cocolandia

Coconut grove

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 terrafrutis.ecuador@gmail.com for details.

“Rainbow Crystal Land Vilcabamba”
Located in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, this land is quite a challenge and it will likely be a while before we attempt to start a community here. The land is a steep mountainside, though an hour’s walk provides a flat location sufficient for building, and further up there is a lake on the property. The lower elevation has some cherimoya trees. Contact terrafrutis.ecuador@gmail.com for details.

Central America

Costa Rica

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.

Quintessence
Quintessence in Costa Rica lost much during a forest fire, but the owners have persisted over many years and are still going strong, now replanting what was damaged. Contact Carine on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carine.wache.9 or email carmaorganica@gmail.com.

Asia / Pacific

Indonesia

Terra Mana photograph of river
Located on 5 hectares in Sumatra, Indonesia. Community/project details and contact information are on the website. Project began in 2001.

Hawaii

A budding intentional community/food forest in Hawaii, based on 80/10/10 and raw vegan principles.
Hawaii Picture
Frugivoria
Three acres of pristine land are excellent for growing many tropical fruits and feature a view of the ocean and a gigantic mango tree. Contact Trevor Gates on Facebook or Send an email to terrafrutis.ecuador@gmail.com for more information and we can put you in contact with the owner / project manager.

Australia

Various Projects in Australia:

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.

Europe

Spain

Flores de Vida
An established project in north-eastern Spain with several residents. Situated on 6 hectares with many fruit trees.

Africa

Kenya

Cherengany Hills, Kenya – Join fellow fruitarians to plant fruit trees, forage, and start a community. Contact Matthias for more info: matthiasulrich@gmx.de
(In Kenya and the rest of Eastern Africa, most people of the younger generation speak English.)

North America

USA

Sunshine’s House of Orthopathy

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 phoenixforaged@gmail.com for info on relocating there.

Banana Sanctuary
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.