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Manos Cambiadas

Manos Cambiadas is a local tradition that brings together community members and volunteers to accompany local subsistence farmers with various projects on their land that require a larger team effort to accomplish.

This is ‘many hands make light work’ in action – people coming together across cultures to support and learn from the receiving farmer.

"I don’t need any more capacity building.

I need accompaniment."

Don Gerardo (Local Producer)

Past activities have included:

At Los Higuerones, we believe that community accompaniment and honoring local traditions are fundamental to our work of supporting a resilient local community and bioregional economy here on the Osa Peninsula. Manos Cambiadas is a perfect example of this. We have built strong relationships based on unconditional support and trust with many regional producers and people doing essential work here on the Osa. This project was developed through listening and responding to the real needs of the communities we partner with.

Reciprocity in Action

As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to learn from and help out experienced farmers, many of whom have been on the land for generations. They are utilizing various agricultural methods, often developed through a creative process of working with what is available in their environment. Many are still using traditional farming methods to produce a variety of crops. It is highly demanding work and the financial return is rarely equal to the labor required. This inhibits many farmers from achieving economic independence and results in younger generations choosing to pursue alternative work. 


Manos Cambiadas facilitates direct accompaniment and a chance for learning, connecting and fun for all involved, while simultaneously supporting those producing the food that nourishes us. By no means is Manos Cambiadas easy work! It is a physically intensive activity that provides a realistic and unparalleled glimpse into the daily life of farmers in the Osa and the many challenges and possibilities they face. 

Join Hands with Local Farmers

Interested in supporting our Manos Cambiados program? You can get involved by joining our next excursion or providing support to sustain this initiative. We respond directly to requests from the producers we work with. Therefore, the projects vary from week to week but typically take place on Wednesday mornings. Please send us a message via WhatsApp to learn more.

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