Permaculture farm in Andalucía, Spain

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  • Description

    Description

    Hallo Travelers! Welcome to my profile!

    PLEASE read the entire description, as it will answer most questions you may have, and it will save us both time.

    ABOUT ME:
    My name is Carolyn, I am 51, originally from Austria and live now in Jete near Almunecar (Granada) on my little organic farm. In winter, from November till March, usually my mother lives with me, but this year she could not come.

    In my younger age I was a passionate backpacker exploring all continents. The past years I had a very stressful job in media. 4 years ago I made the decision to exit the system and to live my dream. I sold everything that I had and bought a little farm in the mountains in Andalusia to create the life I want to live. I live a very quiet, self-determined and happy life now. The land, with its fruit trees, has been very poorly maintained in recent years and needs a lot of love and work now. The farm of 3.200m² has lots of fruit trees, vegetables and herbs which we grow organic. It is a beautiful quiet area surrounded by mountains, with spectacular views and natural sounds.

    Permaculture is my philosophy. If you are familiar with permaculture, earth building methods or carpentry work and want to become a part of my life experience, I would be very happy to welcome you. Knowledge of permaculture, gardening and/or garden design would be very welcome, but it is not a requirement. On our land there are a herb and edible flowers garden, small organic vegetable plots, and fruit trees which produce avocados, oranges, mandarins, kumquats, mangos, lemons, grapefruit, apples, apricots, olives, figs and peaches.

    Besides the vision to make my piece of land as fruit able as possible and to live a self-contained sustainable life, I am also an artist photographer, having several art-exhibitions a year. And I am a certificated dog trainer. I try to help animal rescue organizations as I take traumatized and in need of rest dogs in foster care, if needed. For that, please understand that you cannot bring your own pets. (if no foster dog in the house, after consultation)

    I like to work hard and to be productive, I like good conversations, music and fun, but I also like to have silence most of the time. So if you are sensitive and flexible and also like to spend time alone and in peace, you might be the right person for us.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will find a nice, quiet space in a beautiful organic garden with clean air to relax in your free time.
    You can learn a lot about Dogs and their language, about gardening, permaculture, cooking and art if you are interested. I can teach you German and a little Spanish.

  • Help

    Help

    We prefer hosting a couple or two friends, at least in their mid twenties, looking to be with us for one or two weeks.
    A couple with at least one person who is knowledgeable about plants and gardening would be ideal because the main help I am looking for is garden- and farm chores.

    Depending on time of year the main work is:
    Jan to April: help on the soil such as weeding, mulching, digging over, pruning
    April to May: Planting, weeding, removing pests
    June to September: Cutting lavender, Preserving fruit, watering, weeding, Carpentry work, Art work in the studio,
    Oct to December: cutting trees, make firewood, plant trees, digging over, help on soil with compost

    ALL YEAR: Building natural stone walls, Restoring old furniture, Helping me with Mosaics and artistic buildings. If you have any skills in artwork such as sculpturing, carving, woodwork etc. I would be interested as well.
    Creativity is very welcome.

    Working hours:
    25 hours a week. On working days we have lunch together and you prepare your own breakfast and dinner (I will provide the funds and/or food) I cook mainly vegetarian and love to offer all our delicious fruits, vegetables and herbs from our garden.
    Or accommodation only for 12 hours work per week.

    If you do not have valid European health insurance, we HIGHLY recommend obtaining international volunteer insurance. Nothing has ever happened, but it is necessary to be prepared.

    If you send a request, please answer this few questions:
    Have you volunteered before?
    How are you travelling? By Van, Car, Bicycle or public transportation
    Do you have any health issues?
    Will you have valid health insurance?
    Do you have any particular skills or abilities that would help in our projects?
    Do you speak Spanish and/or english?
    Do you have experience with animals?
    WHEN would you like to come?
    Thanks for reading and answering these questions. Please write to me in english or german.

    We PREFER to host COUPLES or two friends, as it can be a bit lonely otherwise. I cannot offer a real community living because I live a very quiet life, I like silence and to be silent for most hours throughout the day. We will work together and have lunch together, but our free time we spend on our own. Though once or twice a week I am open to gather for a glass of wine or beer, some music and good conversations in the evening.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We provide a very quiet and secure spot on the farm with spectacular views. You will find a very cosy and clean Retro-Caravan with two beds. It is attached to a large open air living room with kitchen. There are mosquito nets, running water, electricity, compost toilet, and outdoor-shower. (In winter time you can use the warm shower in our house)

    Also Travelers with their own Camper-Van are always very welcome, as we have space.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    THE AREA:
    The nearest villages (Jete and Itrabo) are a 25 minutes walk (or 5 minutes drive) and have bars, bank and mini market.

    Free time can be spent walking in the mountains, living out your creativity in the artist studio, visits to coast (there are two coastal towns, Almuñecar and Salobrena, 20 mins away). Buses go to Granada and to the coast from nearby villages. Big Towns such as Malaga is 85km away and Granada 78km.

    Temperatures in summer go up to 35°C during the day in July and August. (At this time of the year we get up early to avoid the heat)
    In spring and autumn the weather and temperatures are just lovely.
    In winter Temeratures drop to 5°C at night, but heating will be provided. If you plan to visit us in Winter, don´t forget to bring rainwear and waterproof shoes.


    Looking forward hearing from you

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    I had already many helpers with their Vans. It is easy access (paved road) and a big space for parking.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Possible after consultation

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, Monday to Friday

View
Carolyn and Leo
Friends are helping in the garden
Half open air living room
Living room with a view
Kitchen
The inside of the little Caravan
Herbs and eatable flowers
The lavender harvest is in June
Variety of tomatoes
A lot of Chameleons live on my land
Me, my dog (the smaler one) and one fosterdog at a walk at the green river.
Planting and covering the first new tree on the farm (2016)
My dog and me on the beach

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