Area: Ontario, CanadaI am a retired nurse/ educator developing a guest home retreat with a focus on health and healing. Our guest retreat is located on beautiful Lake Matinenda in northern Ontario. There is easy bus access (Greyhound Canada Bus line) to the town of Blind River on the Trans Canada Highway, between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. Host will pick up guests/volunteers in Blind River and travel by car and then boat to the lake retreat.
Area: Santa Cruz, CaliforniaWe are 60 years old couple, live on a hilly plot in a small house at the edge of Santa Cruz town. Neighboring redwood forest and San Lorenzo river. We like organic and sustainable way of life. We try to slow the urban waste downstream. We moved here few years ago and have plenty projects like building small structures, outdoor kitchen and shower. chicken coop, terraces and landscaping. We have internet access. We have few chickens. We don't smoke and we host non-smokers. Few days after the volunteer comes on board, we meet to discuss if there is good match between us and the volunteer.
Area: SicilyHosting periods: from 13th of october until 13 of november...then directly from mid january to end of march.. please don't ask for the rest of november and december! works at the farm in the next period: September: Preparing new vegetable pads for winter and next spring, bamboo cutting for opening new grazing spaces 4 the horse, organizing guest's house for winter October: same ans sept plus seeding clover and grains, seeding trees, transplantiong trees November: Collecting olives, pruning olive trees, preparing olives for consumption, harvesting chilies, cleaning seeds, transplanting new trees Dicember: planting garlic and onions, trees, new grapes, preparing animals for winiter, marketing time for orange season 2015. January-mid April: Orange season..orange picking friday-saturday, packing sunday, shipping monday and so on..still works at the veg pads, animals care, new chikens and ducks fencing, pruning fruit trees. The original arab channel used for irrigation gives the name to our project, it carries water and gives life with it, from it's presence and from it's sound comes out our aim. For us it's a conscious choice of life. Blessed by the welcoming presence of the river and by the changing times of nature. A choice of sharing places and elements. A tiny group of people that looking outside and inside of themselves, choose the land as a space for confrontation. A place for sperimentation between new and old techniques of Permaculture and natural/organic farming. There are moments of hard work, of quietness, heavy summer sweat, soft music and long sleeps. We need Help and we give Help in our everyday life teaching and learning, harvesting and sharing, farming and living. Accomodation is provided in the "Hosts trailer" or in tents. Food is mixed, we're not vegans nor prettly vegetarians,but those of us eating meat, get it just from nearby farmers. Our products are 100% natural/organic but we buy some products that we cannot produce from local market and local producers. Must remind that our project started in June 2011 from an abandoned orange orchard and we're slowly changing it into our little organic paradise..but since we are not a farm and we basically don't make real profit out of our work but just have enough for self consumption (except in orange picking time from beginning of January until end of March when we get some income for our all year surviving and paying the taxes..), we have a shared money box from wich we pay the food we cannot produce, bills and so on, and a small contribution to the common expenses (about 3euro per day) is welcomed. Hopefully one day we won't need it anymore becouse we would be producing so much that we might be self sufficient and using our extra to buy things we can't make. At the moment living here is Salvo, one of the founders wich buy the land and works permanently here, Deina, a thoughtful antropologist with love for the land and our little son Nuri, born in december 2013! Time to time other friends come to stay for a while, help and support our stay..you'll probably meet Sara or Margherita (other co-founders of the project), Pietro our musician, Derek a lovely irish expat, Angelo, Rino, Valentina, Costanza, and many more... Hope to see you soon! It's all about water and leaves. p.s. Other than humans, we live with dogs, cats, chickens, ducks and a horse, so be aware if you have allergies or terrible fears of those above! p.p.s. Specially welcomed experts in building with wood and other natural materials, horse keepers, good cookers, pruning experts and so on. p.p.p.s!! Please bring seeds of your local vegetables and trees if you can to increase the bio-diversity of our place!
Area: EnglandWe are a community and volunteer-led 1 acre forest garden. It's about 2 miles from the city centre and it's in its 5th year which means all the trees are roughly five years old. The garden is open-access and a place local people can come to enjoy any time (because there's no gate!). A forest garden is a whole new way of gardening, where we recreate an open woodland ecosystem, but fill it with a mix of both common and unusual edible plants, trees, shrubs and a whole lot more! We've had regular workdays for the past few years but are now looking FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF SEPTEMBER! PLEASE NOTE THIS IS TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST ONLY WE ARE NOT SURE WHETHER IT WILL HAPPEN OR NOT YET. You'll be on site from 11-5pm (and possibly longer) every day with one day off. On Sunday I'm (Ben) giving a plant ID course from 12-5pm which is costed for the public but will be free for you if you want to do it. Otherwise Sunday will be your free day where you can wander free as a bird around Leeds, maybe go into the Dales if you're feeling organised:) You'll be joined throughout the week by local volunteers. There should also be a scything workshop and mushroom inoculation during the week but this is to be confirmed. We'll be with you the whole time and will engage and teach you about forest gardening, permaculture, the wildlife there and also the practicalities of running a such a project in an urban area. During the week we aim to: - Plant a lot of unusual perennial plants - Do some work in the nursery, - Level the bottom part of the site and put in some hugelkultur beds. All very permaculture and very exciting! We'll put you up in the housing co-op, which the leaders are a part of, 2 mins walk from the garden. No bedding or sleeping bags needed and there are sanitary facilities and all that kind of stuff. You'll get fed and so on and if you're up for it in the evening we've got good ideas for socials. For example, there's an open mic night at the pub down the road, full of interesting musicians and people. We can also show you the other urban food growing projects hooray! If all that sounds good then please contact us. We want to fill places as soon as possible. You need to be physically fit and we can accommodate all dietary requirements. You need to bring good outdoor clothes and shoes, but that's about it really. Once you've contacted us we'll give you directions: Just so you know the garden is only 30 mins walk from Leeds bus and train stations in the city centre so no need to go well out in the country on a bus that goes once a day. Hope to hear from you! Ben and Joanna
Area: AndaluciaI am an artist, living on her own, surrounded by olive groves overlooking the embalse of Iznajar, the longest lake in Andalucia. I live 3 km from the village with magical views of the lake and surrounding mountains.