Sustainable project creating a food forest in Island of La Palma, Canary Islands

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Spain

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  2022 

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  • Description

    Description

    I travelled on a low budget for several years throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, and parts of Africa often working in seasonal positions, like in fruit orchards, to sustain my travels.

    I began to spend more and more time in many wonderful places though volunteering in sustainable organic type of farms and eventually I came to the decision that I wanted to create a little Eden too; Somewhere I didn't have to leave and where I could put my own personal roots in the ground and see how I grew.

    I am aiming for a sustainable project that positively impacts the environment, creating a food forest, using some permaculture principles and local ideas and I would like to share some of this journey I am on! I have knowledge in some areas like tropical tree care, a good level of English, an intermediate level of Spanish, preparing food, landscape gardening plus a strong creative impulse in design but I'm often open to volunteers ideas and knowledge. I find generally that I'v surrounded myself with other creative people but in having a more creative/artistic type mind I seem to often rely on others to guide me on more practical issues....so I'm often pleased to welcome more practical thinkers or skilled workers. However, I think everyone has something to teach each other; it's usually just a matter of how much time will pass before we discover what that may be!

    This project is still in it's infancy but has some young trees in the ground and there is an Almond orchard already established. The amenities are basic but functional with some quirky details and things are always improving with every day...this project at this stage is perhaps for the more adventurous - people who actually want to be involved in the process of creating and designing.

    WATER; On the island there is a good supply of natural water that arrives because of the way the clouds are passing by and being caught by the mountains. No chemicals are used in this water. That is for cleaning, for the orchard, garden etc and in future this can perhaps be filtered for consumption too, but in the meantime, additionally, we use a vehicle to pick up drinking water, usually the fresh natural fountain from the mountain. It is a great quality of water with no added chemicals.

    Update; The privacy surrounds for bathing and dry toilet should be completed for mid/July.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity 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

    Everyone will bring something here and take their own experience away from their time here. I think that with different characters constantly entering our lives, we are frequently updating our learning on how to better share with and respect those we find around us. Calmness and patience are two virtues I welcome here but also an understanding that we are trying to reach goals and so when the time comes to work, we are not afraid to break into a sweat and reach for those goals!

    I hope that you can learn something interesting, perhaps;

    - English words, language help, English Library.
    - tropical trees and their care
    - vegetarian or vegan cooking
    - composting, worm compost etc
    - vegetable hugelcuturs beds
    - upcycling solutions
    - conserving and not wasting resources
    - natural treatments for health
    - Germination and seeding
    - Up-planting and ground planting.
    - Natural plant pest management
    - Mulching
    - creative design recycling what nature offers
    - digging tree holes
    - digging for multipurpose caves and harvesting rock.
    - problem solving skills plus many more
    - vegetarian/vegan cooking skills
    - to wear head cover in the sun 😉

    Please feel free to ask in your inquiry what we are doing at the time of your stay and what your interest is in and we can hopefully find you something to suit you are least part of your stay.

    The project is part of an experiment that attempts to work with the micro-climate that we have here to fulfill the needs of the different plants and trees we are hopeing to see grow and excel. It is all a learning process that needs constantly updating!

  • Help

    Help

    Currently;

    In this moment we are trying to get the water system working efficiently and thus the outdoor shower working well and creating natural material privacy screens to stop wind too.

    Also we are trying to create more shade around cooking areas etc for the hot summer sun using palm leaves and other natural local resources.

    -Alongside this 👆, wood working some ventilated storage boxes for foodstuffs. Anyone like to use recycled wood to make furniture? 🤗😆

    - Adding a ceramic fridge

    Future/ongoing;

    In general I have focused in one quarter of the land and but now I need to begin to clear more, create ground-cover and bigger vegetable gardens in many areas ( seeding, transplanting, weeding, harvesting). Many people seem to really enjoy using a machete!

    Other future tasks ;

    - create a shade area for young plants and trees
    - create yoga/ meditation platform/ Zen garden
    - wind shields for young trees
    - Natural Privacy surround for outdoor shower area
    - Pagoda for Passion fruit vines
    - Pagoda for vineyard
    - Planting banana plants
    - Planting trees
    - install fencing
    - planting vegetables
    - planting seeds
    - composting cactus
    - pallet construction for seperate composting areas.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate
    German: Beginner
    French: Beginner
    Portuguese: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    My priority is to improve my Spanish while at the same time not losing too much focus from the work on the land. In an informal capacity I have taught English to fellow travellers and colleagues for many years, my mother was a school teacher so it's comes fairly naturally to me.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The accommodation depends on what's available on your dates. Modest choices available; from camper vans, tepees to tents, all available on site. Whatever it is, it will be prepared tastefully and if there is anything we can do to improve your comfort during your stay, we will endeavour to help you! Close to and during the summer months its even possible to sleep beneath the stars (mosquito nets and mattresses available).

    Lunch; There will be a generous healthy, meal mostly from our ecological garden prepared around 2pm on each working day which we will all share together to celebrate our work.

    Breakfast available; I fast until lunchtime usually but in the mornings some basic provisions will be provided including some herbal teas, porridge/museli oats and the local gofio will be provided to eat. On some days fruit will also be available too.

    Evening meal; Basics available;
    Although I will sometimes invite you to share a meal in the evenings, I generally like the volunteers to have the independence to cook themselves with the cooking space and gas available to use, plus I'm happy to provide condiments like rice and pasta, oil, spices and a reasonable amount of vegetables if they are ready to harvest in the garden. Some volunteers may wish to supplement their diet for this meal with meats, proteins nuts, sweet foods etc which your welcome to bring and keep for yourself.

    There will be some exceptions to the norm with gatherings round a fire to fiestas, pizza parties and possibly even invitations to other meals and parties around the local community. Sometimes we will prepare food here for bringing to a gathering elsewhere.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The finca is located on a hiking path. There are a whole network of hiking paths within a few metres away where you have the possibility to travel south/north/up to mountains/down to coastal paths and the sea. The ravines either side of the village area are spectacularly beautiful.

    This island is a UNESCO starlight reserve. It is packed with adventure and natural beauty. Almost everything can be reached by public transport and enjoyed if not within a day trip then within a weekend. We have several exquisite hiking paths nearby and areas of outstanding beauty. The coastline here is also protected; .

    There are several options for swimming depending on the time of year. We have a beach only a several minute drive from the finca or about 30 mins walking...

    - Bus stop (south to Puntagorda, Tijirafe, Los Llanos, Santa Cruz de La Palma) : 8 mins walking

    - Bus stop (North to Santo Domingo, San Antonio camping and festival, Juan Adalid natural pools, La Zarza hiking, Don Pedro, El Tablado, Roque de la Muchachos hiking, Roque Faro, Franceses, Los Sauces pools, Puntallana): 8 mins walking.

    Playa Callejoncito (beach); 30 min walking, 8 mins car.

    Santo Domingo (local town with shop, cafe, library etc) : 40 mins walking, 10 mins car.

    Puerto Santo Domingo (swimming access, Cuevas etc); 1 hour walking, 12 mins car.

    Lomada Grande (sea swimming access); 1/1.5 hrs walking, 15 mins car.

    Buracas Caves and dream paths; 1.5 hours walking, 20 mins driving.

    Other nearby recommendations not to miss! ;

    - Playa Veta hike near Tijirafe
    - Poris de Candelaria near Tijirafe
    - hiking from El Tablado to Playa La Fajana
    - sat/sun market Puntagorda

    I will try to offer opportunities where possible to travel in my vehicle or with a friend when we are going somewhere interesting!

    We may be located in a rural area but if your here for a few weeks you'll likely find local social events with live music and or food happening close by...

  • 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

    I'm open to this, we have a consistently reliable connection in 4G and I'm open to a discussion about how this would work.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Camper vans can be accomadated here and also very close by. Larger vehicles are a possibility but would need to be confirmed before arrival.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We're open to pets accompanying volunteers. I only have have a cat here at present but I have always been around dogs. It's important any animals are not repeatedly causing damage and are able to fit in with the people and other animals around the project and neighbourhood. As with most things, there is normally a reasonable solution to any issues encountered along the way.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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



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