Our names are Enrique and Helena. An anthropologist and a hydrologist focus on helping promote awareness trough practice of the agroecological and energy transition our organizing systems urgently need in order to become sustainable for all inhabitants of our planet. While we both are permaculture designers Helena is more inclined to the agroecological part of the project while I focus more on the mychological systems.
The project is based in a 16th Water Mill in the Alcarria Conquense, a cultural park just one away from Madrid and 70km fromCuenca, a World Heritage Site.
We have only been here for 10 months now refurbishing the mill and setting up our project through agroecological and permaculture techniques so there is plenty to do and plenty to innovate, suggest and design. Here, apart from enjoying living nature you can help us on the multiple tasks associated to design and manage a small scale permaculture site on a little more than an acre, around 6500 square meters.
We welcome people with initiative and ideas, sometimes, we have volunteers developing their own projects during their time with us, through a previous discussing and agreement (has to be something related to the project and within our budget) we help the volunteers to design and implement their ideas and thank them for helping us advance and learn, Xavier, our last volunteer from France constructed a brilliant solar dehydrator which is great to preserve our mushrooms and flowers!!!
a young Permaculture project composed of three main aspects:
- Production: our aim is to demonstrate that scientific permacultural techniques can make the depleted soil reach again, fertile and productive and attract biodiversty helping to create a soil teeming with life. We also focus on preserving water and helping to fight against desertification, a huge problem in Spain.
-Education: We aim to promote environmental education and sensibility within our community through workshops, events, gatherings etc.
Design: As designers we aim to provide comprehensive techniques and land and water management methods to move away from the toxic techniques permeating industrial agriculture after the so called Green Revolution.
Help with Eco project
Help with Computers / internet
We are looking for environment lovers willing to help advancing a Permaculture project in the heart of Spain in all aspects: Permaculture,farming, bioconstruction, Mycology, Networking & Social Networks, Sales and Marketing... We appreciate open minded and creative individuals willing to make a difference and to innovate in the application of environmental and community projects.
English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Galician
Volunteers would have their own furnished room with double bed or a twin beed room. The Mill is a 420 square meter building with 3 toilets, two living rooms and a big kitchen.
There will be 3 organized meals at day provided by us, however food will be available throughout the day but we will take turns on cooking so we can all learn different flavours and cooking styles from each other. We will be eating mostly from the garden depending on the season, tomatoes, kale, lettuces, potatoes, beetroots, turnips, spinachs, cucumbers, mushrooms, berries... you name it!!!.
We do not eat meat but we occasionally eat eggs, cheese and fish depending on sources.
the project, is located on a 1562 water mill in "La Alcarria Conquense", a cultural park in the heart of Spain on the province of Cuenca.
Barajas de Melo, the village, is conveniently located 1 hour away from Madrid by car and only 70 km away from the city of Cuenca protected by Unesco as a world heritage site. The nearest mid size town, Tarancon, is only 17 km away.
There is plenty to do at the mill in any given day but, whenever you want to take some time off, you can visit Cuenca or Madrid or lose yourself in the area visiting historic villages like Ucles, or Archeological parks like Segobriga or, if you prefer, you can also stay outdoors and head to breathtaking locations like Las Chorreras, La Ciudad Encantada, or any of the local river beaches.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Apart from the cultural and language perks associated to living in a traditional Spanish village located in a European cultural park (Alcarria Conquense), the volunteers will get to learn and participate in tasks and projects related to: Permaculture, Farming,Gardening, Mycology (interior and exterior production),composting, seed preservation, environmental education for the community, food forest creation, water preservation, bioconstruction...
The project, is located on a 16th century water mill that needs refurbishing and ancient furniture preservation, but, is also a 21st century Permaculture project that needs volunteers related to new technologies and social networking, fund raising and education campaigns, a chef (to develop healthy recipes made from organic products as to help consumers to be creative incorporating new vegetables and mushrooms on their daily diets) etc
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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