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Area: AndaluciaHi, my name is Christie and my partner is Frank, and we live in a beautiful valley in the countryside on the outskirts of a town named Coin in Malaga. Our home is a special old cortijo, partly renovated, and we happily share it with quite a few animals, (our tribe), namely, cats, dogs, pot-bellied pigs, peacocks etc which make up part of our family. We are looking for general help around the large garden weeding and planting, and possibly some building repair work, building a large composter, possibly building a training ring for horses, painting the outside of the house, etc. If you love animals (very important!), and think that you would be happy in a country environment then please contact us. We would be very grateful for people with professional skills in building and gardening work. We are looking for help around September time. Please specify any dietary requirements as we are not vegetarians, we don't eat much meat, but some. We would also appreciate non-smokers. A little information on us : Frank is a singer/songwriter and I am a healer, craniosacral therapist/sculptor/painter. We work hard, not just in what we do but also around this amazing home, but we also know when and how to enjoy life too. We do our best to keep the balance right, we don't always succeed, but we notice if things aren't quite as they could be and always address the situation. We have this amazing place which needs more than two pairs of hands can manage, but it also has heart and soul, and we would like to bring the heart and soul out to it's maximum and create a wonderful retreat for people to come and heal, paint, write........just be...... we have a vision for this place. It will take time, but then anything that is worth anything does.
Area: AlbertaWe run an 80 acre, mixed, organic farm and organic food store just outside Lethbridge, Alberta about 1 hour east of Waterton National Park and the Rocky Mountains on the Alberta prairie. The farm is a busy place from April to November, tending the ALL organic strawberry fields, vegetable gardens, apple and raspberry orchards as well as taking care of the sheep and cattle on pasture. We are also in the process of completing three eco-buildings on the farm. They are built with light straw/clay construction and feature clay plasters on the interior and hydraulic lime stucco on the exteriors. One of the structures is a new organic food store/wood-fired oven bakery/alternative health center and it features a traditional Japanese joinery timber-frame. This summer we are planning to do a water bio-remediation project for our farm domestic water supply that will feature bio-sand and bio-gravel filtration, use of aquatic plants and trees and other innovative natural techniques to improve water quality. We hope this project will serve as a model for other farmers in this area that like us, do not have a well and must rely on surface water for domestic usage. We also have a unique metal roofing project we want to undertake this summer as well as lots of landscape work around the new eco-buildings. Additionally, we want to build Hugelkultur style, dry-stack boulder walled, raised mulch beds for tomato and greens cultivation. If you like the sun, outdoor manual work and want an opportunity to learn about organic agriculture, holistic health, eco-building and more, we are glad to share what we have learned over the last 18 years of operating this farm in exchange for reliable and enthusiastic help. We offer clean and spacious accommodations as well as ALL organic food. We welcome volunteers from any country but in particular have close ties with Israel and Japan. Please contact us if you are interested for a phone interview and to get more information.
Area: South Peloponnese (Laconia)I live in a solar house, surrounded by wild nature and olive trees, with beautiful view to green hills and the sea (2 km). There is an organic vegetable garden. you can use the two bycicles. And even go for a swim, if you don't mind cold water. I am a 70 year old swiss woman and live here in Greece since 1996. I like hiking and reading, with a slight philosophical touch, and I love my cats.
Area: Western AustraliaMy wife (Lois) and I (Tom) have both been travellers and we still enjoy travelling. Besides travelling we enjoy vintage cars. We both still work, Lois is in health care and Tom is an electrical lecturer. Our children have left home and have children themselves. We have a dog (Jasper) and we both non-smokers. We live an active lifestyle and we enjoy doing various things. We love having guests and we always do our best to make sure our guests feel welcome, comfortable and enjoy their stay. We have a lot of fun so be prepared to exercise you laugh muscles. If you are aged 25+ and have a driving licence, there is the use of a car which is insured and available for you. As we work ourselves, the project work is at the weekends which leaves most of the week for relaxation or part time/ casual work locally if you choose to.
Area: MontanaWe are a sustainable farm, but not certified organic. We try to farm the way our Grandparents did in the homesteading days without chemicals. We eat what we grow, including beef, pork, chicken and lamb. We are omnivores. 100 x 100 sq. foot garden. The Gallatin Valley is one of the most beautiful places in the state. I can assure you we wouldn't live here on 40 acres if this land were not in my husband's family. Land prices have sky-rocketed here. We live on 1/4 of the original family homestead and purchased this in 1985 from his folks. While other family members have sold off their land, we are still farming ours. We strive to look back at how they did things in the homesteading days without chemical inputs. The work is hard, the days are long, but it's satisfying to know we are keeping a small farm alive when so many are being swallowed up by large, mono-culture corporations. We are also trying to pay as we go and have as little debt as possible along the way. We are a dying breed.