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We are Alihuen


A family, farm, and community dedicated to reforestation,  sustainability, education, and access to the outdoors.

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We are Alihuen


A family, farm, and community dedicated to reforestation,  sustainability, education, and access to the outdoors.

Alihuen means Big Tree in the language of the indigenous Mapuche peoples of Chile. When Jeroen Beuckels decided to settle in the rural Chepu province of Chiloe with his wife Grecia this name was not taken lightly, for the farmland which it would represent has undertaken massive transformation from pasture to thriving forest.

Alihuen is managed using permaculture principles to undertake sustainable organic agriculture while at the same time working towards large scale conservation measures to improve biodiversity and landscape connectivity in the region. They are rapidly approaching 22,000 trees planted on Alihuen and the effects are noticeable – the Pudu, the worlds second smallest deer and a relatively rare and shy creature, are regularly found on the property. Sightings of bird species dependant on connected forest areas have increased as Alihuen begins to form a bridge between the North of Chiloe and the large forested areas of the Chepu river and both Parque Nacional Ahuenco and Chiloe to the South and West.

 
 

Alihuen is truly land that connects. A cursory glance demonstrates the obvious improvement in landscape connectivity through the reforestation projects undertaken on Alihuen. However, it is also a case study in sociocultural connectivity as it acts as a conduit and inspiration for artists, students, agrarians, artisans and the community at large.

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Farm & Family


Farm & Family


- Our FARM -

Located in the Chepu region of Chiloé, Chile’s “Magic Island” at the north end of Chilean Patagonia, we practice and teach conservation, permaculture, organic agriculture and ecotourism at Alihuen. Through these sustainable approaches to land management, we are returning exhausted pasture land to its native abundance as a thriving forest.

Our goal with the farm is to one day reconnect the forests of northern Chiloé with the large forested areas of the Chepu River and the Chiloé National Park to the south. In the past 7 years, we have planted about 22,000 native trees in an effort to reforest the “lost” forest and connect isolated forest patches to the adjacent national park; creating passages for wildlife.

- Our Family -

Grecia Maldonado BArría

Grecia is a modern artisan, mother of 2, and co-founder of Alihuen. A Chilota (native of Chiloé, Chile) by birth, her woven crafts incorporate traditional Chilote patterns as well as designs of her own inspiration, drawing from nature to use native plant fibers and recycled (found) objects both from the forest and the sea. An advocate for women-driven micro-businesses, Grecia began her love affair with the loom about 6 years ago, and has since participated in exhibitions, workshops, and fairs throughout Chile, where she displays her own craft as well as imparts these skills to generations young and old.
 

JEROEN BeUCKELS

Jeroen is an award-winning permaculture and reforestation advocate, trained chef, father of 2, and co-founder of Alihuen. Originally from Belgium, his love for the outdoors (and sharing them) began with food, and having worked and trained in 7 countries, Alihuen was the next logical step. Eco-farming and ecotourism allow him to combine his love for being in nature, growing, preparing, and sharing good food, and ultimately preserving the environment through the planting of native trees on a large scale.

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Alihuen Community


Alihuen Community


- THE COMMUNITY -

From all over the world, the Alihuen community now includes a family of individuals from 15 countries, many different backgrounds and cultures, and multiple interests and characteristics.

15 Countries

7 Projects

11 Years Lapsed

9 Partnerships

Our community isn’t limited just to the volunteers who come to us through the World Wide Organization for Organic Farming (WWOOF) and Workaway, but also through international and national organizations including WikingerReisen, FairChile, the Trekking Chile Foundation, the Organization of Forestry Engineers for the Native Forest (AIFBN), Chile’s National Forest Service (CONAF), and the International Dendrology Society.

What unites the community that has grown around Alihuen is an interest in learning and spreading the key themes behind permaculture and sustainability. Using their various skills and talents, these volunteers have each left their mark on Alihuen to make it what it is today.

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Accessibility Trail


Accessibility Trail


- Support Our Newest Project -
THE ACCESSIBILITY TRAIL

If adventure is that idea of doing just one thing differently than you would have done before, then why not offer that opportunity to everyone who wants to seek it? Alihuen’s Accessibility Trail is a reminder that we are all capable of seeking something beyond ourselves.

Regardless of age, ability, or capacity, Alihuen’s Accessibility Trail offers just that. The trail blends the rare beauty of Chiloe (Chile’s “Magic Island”) with the accessibility and inclusivity rarely found within many of Chile’s natural parks.  The Alihuen ecofarm is built on a foundation of sustainability, education, and community outreach, which has created a new standard for reforestation and permaculture within Chile (and abroad, too!).

In doing so, we’re working to create a local movement powered by local and international supporters alike that brings to life environmental education, organic farming, water conservation, and ecotourism in Chile.

So, in 2017, we’ll expand our programming to be more inclusive with Alihuen’s Accessibility Trail, which aims to disable the label of adventure and redefine what access to the outdoors means…for everyone.

 

If you would like to make a donation:

BNP Paribas Fortis BE63 2300 3915 7708     Jeroen Beuckels       BIC GEBABEBB

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Trail progress


Trail progress


 
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