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Area: Languedoc RoussillonWe are a french family who live in a vast property (55hectares with a beautiful river)) that is typical of the Cevennes region, in the south of France where we propose B&B. We are a family with two children (20 and 10 ). We also have sheep, four cats and two border collies dogs. In october, november and december we need help in clearing up the forest of the domain.
Area: Aquitaine, Pyrénées AtlantiquesAcoucoula farm is a permaculture farm & Guest house in south west France (Pyrénées Atlantic) since 2013. We are a family of five people: Christine(58), Flo(51), Mona(28) & Chris(32) plus Ayla our new born baby. Christine lived in Bretagne, Haute-savoie and then Marseille before starting the farm project. She is Chris's mother, is a nurse and cooking is her passion. In the team she is the cook. Flo lived in Reims, Paris and Marseille. Photograf, she worked 16 years with the marins-pompiers (fireman) of Marseille. She love cats, and she want to open a boarding catteries. Christine & Flo are the ones who make most of the work with the guest house. Mona is from Norway (Oslo). She has a bachelor in development studies and passed some of her study time in Cuba, Mexico and Nicaragua. Chris left France after he got his interior designer degree. At age of 22 he took a bicycle and went discover the world during 10 years (7 years on his bike). Mona and Chris met in Mexico. After traveling 3 years together they made one year of Workaway throught Portugal, Spain and France, aiming mostly permaculture places. They were thinking about creating a permaculture farm and Workaway gave them the opportunity to see how it was working in different places. They learned a lot and saw that they were made for it. They are now the gardeners in Acoucoula farm. On the farm we are busy with: -Our developing garden. We are following permaculture principles and we have 6 hectares of land to develop our project. We are not using big machines so it takes some time... We want to extend our cultivated area, recreate a wild area along the river bank, create a food forest, an orchard, improve the places for our animals, create crater garden, solar dryer, mud oven, solar shower, dry toilet... -Running the guest house, cleaning, cooking, take care of the people. -Making a cat hotel in a ware house with two caravans :) -Taking care of our animals (chickens, pig, 2 goats, 2 sheep, ducks, cats and dogs) -Making a "camping à la ferme" La ferme Acoucoula est une ferme en permaculture, gîte et chambres d'hôtes dans le sud ouest (Pyrénées Atlantiques) depuis 2013. Nous vivons à cinq en famille: Christine(58), Flo(51), Mona(28) Chris(32) & Ayla notre nouveau née. Christine a vécu en Bretagne, Haute Savoie puis à Marseille avant de commencer le projet de la ferme. Elle est la mère de Chris, infirmière de métier, passionnée de cuisine, elle est la cuisinière de l'équipe. Flo a vécu à Paris et à Marseille. Photographe, a exercé 16 ans chez les marins- pompiers de Marseille. Elle adore les chats , son projet est d'ouvrir une chatterie. Ce sont Christine & Flo qui s'occupent le plus souvent du gîte et des chambres d'hôtes. Mona , Norvégienne (Oslo), diplômée en sociologie du développement a passé beaucoup de temps d'étude à Cuba, Mexique et Nicaragua. Chris diplômé en architecture d'intérieur. A l'âge de 22ans, est parti à bicyclette autour du monde pendant 10 ans (7ans sur son vélo). Mona et Chris se sont rencontrés au Mexique. Aprés avoir voyagé 3 ans ensemble, ils ont fait une année de Workaway au Portugal, Espagne et France, allant la plus part du temps chez des hôtes pratiquant la permaculture. Ensemble ils voulaient créer une ferme suivant les principes de la permaculture. Workaway leur a donné l'opportunité d'en voir le fonctionnement. Ils ont beaucoup appris et compris qu'ils étaient fait pour ça. Ils sont les jardiniers. Sur la ferme: -Nous développons notre jardin en permaculture et nous avons 6 hectares de terre pour développer notre projet. Nous n'utilisons aucune grosse machine, donc ça prend un peu de temps... Nous voulons agrandir notre espace de culture, reboiser les berges de la rivière et les alentours, améliorer les parcs à animaux, créer une forêt comestible, un verger, faire un jardin en cratère, un séchoir solaire, un four en boue, douche solaire, toilettes sèches... -Entretien du gîte et des chambres d'hôtes, ,accueil, cuisine, prendre soin de nos hôtes... -Ouverture en juin de chambres d'hôtes pour chats et petits animaux de compagnie (chatterie), aide à la création de l'espace. -Soins des animaux (poules, 1 cochon, 2 chèvres, 2 moutons, canards, chiens et chats) -Création d' un camping à la ferme
Area: Canary Islandswe are reforming a traditional banana-finca in the south of tenerife. We are just starting our project and there is a lot of different work to do. at the moment the place is a classical traditional banana mono-agriculture place. we would like to be organic with many different fruits and vegetables one day but for the moment most of the work will be to make the place more nice, with creative ideas as well as simple cleaning. even if the most things are quite planned we are open to different ideas, and especially happy about people who can bring some knowledge in eco planting and building. The finca has already a nice casa what we are reforming a bit too, especially the rooftop from where we have the beautiful views to the ocean and the mountains.
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: Chichiriviche, VenezuelaI am a Canadian citizen who has been living in South America for over 10 years and I live right beside the Caribbean Sea in a small Tourist Town called Chichiriviche located in Morrocoy Park in Venezuela. I am renovating a large house to turn it into an eco posada (bed and breakfast type dwelling) based on eco awareness and energy and resource conservation. Just finishing up what has been quite the project but there are still a few glaring details I need help with. I can host right now until Oct 3rd 2014 and then again after the new year but am specifically looking for a few good workers for some heavier jobs I can't do myself so groups traveling together are welcome.