Help out on our permaculture-inspired restoration project in Orgiva, Granada, Spain

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    We are Sumi and Kagan, and we have an 8 year old son Hayyan, and we are looking for help on our 1 hectare farm restoration project. We have an ancient olive grove with approximately 40 olive trees of different varieties, which we harvest in November-December. We also have 20-30 neglected citrus trees which need a lot of care to regenerate. We use a method of flood irrigation using ‘Acequia’ channels originating from the farming methods of the Moors in Al-Andalus. We also have almonds, fig, pomegranate, quince, mulberry, pear, plum, walnut trees and grape vines, and a newly planted herb garden.

    After restoring some of the irrigation channels and installing some drip irrigation we have plans to plant a syntropic inspired food forest; keep chickens; sheep and build a large pond for biodiversity and just because we have a big hole in the land that’s needs a purpose, LOL. We are also aiming to create a multipurpose event space in the land with power, kitchen, seating and shade area.

    We are a Turkish -English couple with family connections in London, Wales and Istanbul.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have chosen this lifestyle in an attempt to become more spiritually connected through a deeper connection with the earth but we are certainly not professionals and we have a lot to learn too. Staying with us there are opportunities for mutual exchange to explore about living more sustainably, regenerative agriculture and permaculture. Sumi used to work as a university academic and is also on the governing board of a small alternative primary school in Orgiva so is interested to talk about all things education and Kagan is a proud Turk so there is much to learn about Turkiye also (whether you want to or not, LOL).

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    There are two options for working at our farmstay. Working on the land, or working in the home.

    Land tasks include digging acequia channels, simple tree pruning, weeding, mowing, watering, making compost, preparing firewood, small building or carpentry projects like building a chicken coop, general maintenance. We try to give a choice of jobs and vary manual Labour with some opportunities to learn new skills and knowledge. In summer it is incredibly hot so we reduce working ours and switch to early morning labouring and late evening watering, with a daytime meal, a long siesta during the day and plenty of time to swim.

    Alternatively, if you prefer and it suits you, it is possible to take on the cooking and child care, and then Sumi is freed up help on the land.

    We look for people who can work independently and show initiative. We trust our volunteers to be responsible for their tasks and keep track of their own hours. We also want to provide opportunities to learn and share skills and knowledge so we want to build in time for that.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Turkish: Intermediate
    Spanish: Beginner
    French: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    We provide a caravan, with two double bed sleeping ends, so would suit a couple, a family, two friends or two sharers. We also have a tent with airbed if there are more than 2 volunteers, or if you prefer not to share for sleeping. The caravan is well equipped with hot and cold water, a fan, a gas cooker, microwave and CD player.

    There is also a hot shower and compost toilet on the land not too far from the caravan.

    There is Wifi in the caravan, so you can work online if you need to also.

    We have a proper swimming pool which you are welcome to use in designated hours.

    We ask for 5 hours a day with breakfast stuff provided and 1 main meal. 5 days a week. Or 3 hours a day and fend for yourself for meals. Our cooking is typically traditional Turkish including meat but we can also cook simple vegetarian and vegan meals.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are a 20 minute walk to Orgiva, so you can easily stay with us without a car and walk to the shops or markets and cafes and restaurants. Orgiva is a small but multicultural town in the Alpujarra mountains about 50 minutes drive or bus from Granada.

    The town has a nice vibe with a weekly vegetable market, craft market, some lovely boutique shops, and some nice hangouts including a Moroccan cafe, a nice daytime hangout and a delicious falafel bar with music in the evenings. There are often weekend markets, parties and festivals in rural communities around Orgiva.

    Our farm is alcohol free and drug free. Children are welcome, and we can adapt volunteer hours for couples to suit childcare arrangements, but we point out that there are no boundary fences to our farm. We like to share meals and some social time but we like private time also. Aswell as the caravan for volunteers there is also a yurt available to rent for short stays.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    If you need it we can make a space in the office for you.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have had a 7 metre long HGV campervan access our land.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We have kittens so friendly dogs would be considered.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 313821265286

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