Volunteer on a Permaculture Farm in Malta

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  • Description

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    A great opportunity to dive into the workings of a Permaculture farm, learn by doing and connect with nature, learn as you go from one of Malta's leading Permaculturists Peppi.

    A voluntary organization based in Malta which works in the field of Permaculture, food security, Agro-forestry and Creative Ecology. It was founded in June 2008 when a group of researchers, experts & students attended a training camp during which they explored positive solutions towards the identified need for a more focused approach to sustainable land management & development. We hold annual courses on permaculture as well as run internships and volunteering programs .

    This is a great place to learn about working and living off the land in a very sustainable way, using permaculture techniques and principles. You will be mentored by Peppi, he is the Permaculture Research Foundation's founder.

    Permaculture is philosophy where we thrive in harmony with nature thriving, living within our means while nurturing mother earth as she nurtures us! That means that we need to be humble, resourceful in our ways of thinking and ready to be flexible!

    Here you will have guidance by Peppi and often work independently. Usually but not always, there are 3 workawayers or volunteers on the land participating on this project. You will experience living closely with nature and a more simple lifestyle away from city life. A lot of interesting knowledge and skills can be picked up from this learning by doing project. Among others you will get a taste of gardening, construction, cooking and if desired meditation. The longer you stay the more you can learn, we prefer longer stays of up to 6 months for people who really vibe with the place and the people.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help

    Help

    We have our own main site project (farm) as well the place where we host our courses and volunteering. The site has many permaculture examples working in place, some of these need tweaking while others need maintenance or additional minor structures. Volunteering work varies, from gardening (in green house or in the garden: filling pots with compost, seeding and watering), making small garden structures, building minor things with wood, mulching, harvesting and working with reeds (bamboo), feeding animals, making compost, cooking and other basic ecological farm work.
    Currently our preferred need is for people with carpentry, gardening skills and ideally some basic permaculture knowledge.

    Tasks:
    Everyday running of the farm
    Cleaning
    Weeding
    Cooking
    Watering
    General maintenance

    Requests / Requirements:
    Understanding of permaculture
    PDC at least one

    Volunteer Period Required:
    Minimum 1 month ideally 6 months

    We are looking for people who are Enthusiastic & Passionate about Permaculture and life and we prefer Non-smokers, Vegetarian, interest in Yoga and a Music lover.

    What you shall receive:
    2 berth tent
    Food
    Pick up from Rabat on Arrival (please make contact beforehand: don't just call us when you arrive)
    Access to fully working kitchen, shower room and compost toilets
    Informal Permaculture learning and skills
    Use of our Yoga platform
    Access to use the 6 mtr geodesic dome for yoga and meditation

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Maltese, English and basic Italian & Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Our site is pretty basic in terms of accommodation. We provide the space for volunteers to pitch their own tents (can also provide if necessary). We also provide two basic meals a day including fruit and vegetables, some of the veggies come from our own organic gardens. We have a hot-water shower room in the garden and a bush kitchen which volunteers use to cook their own meals and keep clean and orderly. The site is picturesque, very remote and 20 minutes walk from the nearest grocery store and bus stop. The site can also be windy in winter, and depending on the direction, one needs to be ready to pitch their tent in a different location for shelter. We run the farm on solar power, and this limits our ability for electricity. We can only offer 2 hrs a day during sunshine for charging phones and laptops. We currently have limited wifi available for internet (during the day) but this is available in some cafes in Rabat (next town) . In the case of emergency we use a generator to supply us with additional electrical power.
    The site is also equipped with composting toilets which we compost onsite.
    We give a high importance to using water intelligently and not wasting any. Malta is a relatively dry climate and water for us is very precious.
    We also have a geodesic dome which we use as a communal space for learning, sharing and meditation. The dome sometimes has also been used briefly as accommodation during foul weather.
    We genuinely want our volunteers to be happy and thus would like to make our call for people that enjoy outdoor living, are easy going, flexible, can work alone sometimes and feel relaxed with nature. We also stress the importance of having orderliness and mind fullness in all our activities.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Visitors can relax, enjoy the nature and be inspired by the work, ethics, principles and creative flow of energy that built and sustain this living example of permaculture design.

    Part of our work at the site is conveying these ethics and principles to the wider community. We offer our work as inspiration to help people, communities and companies improve their performance through active positive observation and assimilation of Nature’s design and growth.

    We believe that economic growth and social wellbeing cannot be sustained without a healthy environment. We are excited by the growing awareness of the need to develop and implement sustainability strategies and environmental practices to support current and future generations. Our sustained prosperity will be achieved by reducing the negative environmental impacts of many of our current activities and by moving relentlessly towards the pervasive application of environmentally restorative design and practices.

    We organize small groups to work, teach, inspire and provide stimulating hands on activities founded in the symbiotic relationship between people and the environment.



    Examples of activities
    Garden with nature
    Feed our lovely chickens, geese and goats
    Harvest fresh produce grown with love
    Distribute sweet compost to help stimulate the soil life
    Build small useful items with bamboo
    Learn a bit of bush craft
    Observe the stars through a telescope (at night) ( our telescope is broken)
    Cook on a fire

    Some of our favourite topics

    Building on Natural Capital
    Patterns in Nature
    Introduction to Permaculture Principles
    Permaculture and Corporate Social responsibility
    Natural Architecture

    Our small scale research and development project promoting Permaculture systems, Agroforestry and Integrated green technology with Ecological land based living through sustainable practices provides a wealth of metaphors and inspiration for everyday life and our volunteers.

    We have a beautiful scenery and a secluded pebbly beach in our vicinity which is great for walking to, swimming & snorkelling in summer. We are also close (20 minutes by bus from the nearest bus stop) to Mdina (the Silent city) and Rabat (the closest town).

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This is a great place to learn about working and living off the land in a very sustainable way, using permaculture techniques and principles. You will be mentored by Peppi, he is the Permaculture Research Foundation's founder.

    Permaculture is philosophy where we thrive in harmony with nature thriving, living within our means while nurturing mother earth as she nurtures us!

    Here you will have guidance by Peppi and often work independently. There will be around 3 workawayers on the land participating on this project. You will experience living closely with nature and a more simple lifestyle away from city life. A lot of interesting knowledge and skills can be picked up from this learning by doing project. Among others you will get a taste of gardening, construction, cooking and if desired meditation. The long you stay the more you can learn, we prefer longer stays of up to 6 months.

    Peppi holds an MSc in Architecture, Advanced Environment and Energy Studies, (AEES, University of East London) Center for Alternative Technology Wales. He is also a very experienced permaculture drylands designer and teacher. Peppi has worked on a number of projects from Australia to Bali, Malta & UK. He has taught numerous courses to a wide range of students from different backgrounds and walks of life. He is also the founder of the PRFM and has been designing and tending to this place for the last 14 years.

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    Hours expected

    Winter hours 8am - 2pm , Summer hours 7am-12.00 or 4.00pm-8.00pm



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