About.

Granja Tz'ikin is an organic farm, where we use Permaculture principles to produce delicious foods, and a diverse healthy landscape. Tz'ikin is one of the 20 mayan nawales, it is the nawal of the birds, the guardians of the land and the seed. It symbolises abundance, which and aligns with the goals of our farm. 

It is a space created by a group of friends, united by a passion for nature and farming, who dream of creating something unique, beautiful and inspiring, that can be enjoyed by those who work and live there and all who visit us. 

We are located in Lake Atitlan, in the town of Tuzunana, we offer opportunities volunteer in exchange for great food and learning. We also run regular Permaculture courses with our partners Atitlan Organics.  

We believe a lot in the Permaculture principle 'Get a Yield'. To that end we maintain a bio-intensive veggie garden, which produces all manner of greens, roots and herbs, much of which supplies our farm to table on site restaurant. We also are busy right now planting and setting up the rest of our property with a guild of perennial plants that functions like an edible forest.

We also believe that happy plants and happy animales go together. Here we raise goats, following holistic management principles. They live in our goat'el and eat almost entirely fresh greens from the valley. They provide us with amazing raw milk, yogurt and cheese and of course manure. Alongside them live our beloved chickens, they are in charge of egg production, waste disposal and compost turning.

What else, well we process community grown coffee in partnership with Shrangri-La, and turn all the waste into worm compost and bio-char. We run a nursery which is filled with our favorite native and heirloom plants and we are proud members of the Atitlan Organics Cooperative, which we use to distribute our products all around lake atitlan. If this sounds like a lot, well it is, but the real trick is how each element interacts with the all the others, to see how our farm works, come for a tours, take a course, or sign up for one of our amazing course, run in conjunction with Atitlan Organics.

Key Stats.

Year founded

2018

Size of project site

0.5 hectares

Languages spoken

  • Ingles
  • Español
  • Kaqchikel

People on site

4 - 16

Dry season

November to April

Wet season

May to October

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • shared rooms
  • private room
  • entire house

Omnivore Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • restaurant on site
  • over 80% locally sourced

Internet

  • fast: streaming video

Ongoing classes

  • permaculture
    3-5 times per week
  • nutrition/cooking
    1-2 times per week

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