Farming help needed in rural Extremadura - Spain's secret paradise!

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  • Description

    Description

    We are Steve and Jane, a retired British couple and we have left the rat race behind to live a more meaningful life here in rural Spain. We have a 7 acre olive and fig farm. 2 km from a nearby village. We have mains electricity but solar water heating and eco friendly septic tank. We try to live as planet friendly as possible. We grow vegetables and some fruit. We sell our figs and olives to the local co op. We have plans!! More fruit trees, more unusual veg, cotton!! Jane spins our own organic cotton and also turning the local sheep into yarn for knitting. So much work here but hey, we are retired so we do try to find a nice work rest and play balance!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Animal care
    Language practice

  • Help

    Help

    Grass cutting, general gardening, digging, weeding etc. Landscaping - rock removal, clearing ground for planting. Building and maintenance - path creation, general repairs. Tree maintenance - removal of suckers, pruning, clearing of thickets. Olive harvest is in December and often we are still taking up dried figs in September, these are busy months and it's all hands on deck!
    Preparation of sheep fleece for spinning - washing, picking, carding/combing. Fruit bottling, making preserves, canning. All jobs depend upon the season and training will be given. Protective clothing (goggles if required) will be provided but we ask volunteers to bring their own gloves and hats and appropriate footwear.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The local area is rich in history from Romans through medieval times but volunteers should have their own transport to take full advantage of this. The locals only speak Spanish. We are happy to pass on our skills in farming, gardening, cooking, bread making using traditional pizza oven and working with wool - spinning.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, basic Spanish and French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We used to have a yurt and tipi, these have been replaced by a Self contained, private and separate casita. One bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. All modern amenities provided. This accommodation is what we rent out to holiday guests when we don't have Volunteers so although small, the standard is high.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are buses from the village to nearby towns and cities. But the area can also be appreciated by hikers or bikers. The wildlife, especially the birds are abundant and the wildflowers in spring are phenomenal.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours daily 5 days a week.

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