Social Work

Puma Verde Local Crafts

Overall administration for Pumalín Park and several nearby farms is headquartered at Pillán, which is situated at one end of the Reñihué Fjord. The Pumalín area farms owned by Kris and Doug Tompkins produce meat, wool, berries, honey, and vegetables for on-farm consumption and support of the local agricultural economy. Under the label of Pillán Organics, the farms produce certified organic honey that is sold throughout Chile. Marketing materials for these products draw the link between sustainable agricultural production and the grand wilderness park, Pumalín, generating interest in the protected area and surrounding farms.

 

Puma Verde store in El Amarillo

Puma Verde store in El Amarillo

Wool from the farms is used by local craftspeople to produce lovely blankets and clothing, which are marketed in the park visitor centers at Caleta Gonzalo, Puerto Varas, and elsewhere. These shops and kiosks showcase numerous handcrafted goods from local cottage industries, as well as wicker baskets, ceramics, park t-shirts, maps, conservation books, and posters.

All of the revenue generated from the sale of farm products is used to help sustain the agricultural land conservation initiatives around Pumalín Park, including the farm volunteer and internship programs.

 

Some of the local crafts

Some of the local crafts

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