Help with permaculture projects in beautiful Montsant, Spain

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi, we live in the foothills of Montsant wine region on a finca surrounded by pines, oaks, birds & butterflies. We’re city folk who arrived here 2 years ago and have loved exploring rural life and finding connection with nature and the land. We’re inspired to “do our part” with our 4 hectare homestead and are dedicated to caring for our land using restorative agriculture and permaculture principals.

    Our agriculture projects focus on nursing abandoned fruit and nut trees back to health and on improving habitat and plant life by developing a new food forest, a mini citrus grove, herb, veggie and flower beds.

    We like to work hard, but then rest well in the fresh air, and among the birds and the beautiful views of nearby vineyards and mountains. In the evenings, when not busy with indoor officey-type work, we like to pass our time listening to crickets and star gazing.

    We’re kept company here with our inherited cat (he came with the land!) and our recently adopted a sweet 9 year old dog. Both are friendly and will welcome any extra attention!

    We don’t sell anything from the homestead, all produce is for our own consumption, or to share with friends and family.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects

  • 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

    We are fledgling farmers and land managers and happy to share with you all we’ve learned of our 2 year experience adapting permaculture techniques. Our old fruit trees provide us with opportunity to put real disease and pest management in action! You can also learn about soil health, how to plant trees, prepare beds, forage native plants and a hundreds of other little things.

    We are a mixed language/culture household. Maria, your primary host, is from San Francisco and is fluent in English, advanced in Spanish and beginner in Catalan. Pepe, who you’ll work and share meals with occasionally, is a Barcelona native and fluent in all three languages. We are happy to communicate accordingly.

    Maria loves to cook and will introduce you to some traditional Spanish and Catalan dishes. Season dependent, you could also help preserve harvested fruit and forage, use and/or store native plants.

    In your free time, you can take advantage of the opportunities to visit charming villages and learning about Catalan culture, as well as spend time in a great variety of landscapes. Wine and olive orchard tastings and tours are available, as are cave painting excursions, hang gliding, river sport and the like.

  • Help

    Help

    We will happily welcome helpers with experience, but experience is certainly not a requirement. Workaways need only be motivated, have a zest for learning and be ready to build up a sweat and getting dirty!

    You will help us with these ongoing Projects:

    - Fruit Tree Care - Apply natural foliar sprays, pest/disease management, mulching, pruning.
    - New tree planting.
    - General gardening - Weeding, manual watering, preparing beds, planting, composting.
    - Land Maintenance - Strimming, firewood prep, cane & bamboo removal.
    - Harvesting for self consumption (Depending on season) - Sept/October – almonds, walnuts; November – olives.

    - Help with meal prep and/or cleanup.

    And other potential Projects we may tackle, depending on our current priorities and on your skills:

    o Hand build wind breaks for food forest from harvested cane
    o Make artful signage for property lines and labels for trees and plants
    o Plant identification and foraging
    o Build chicken coop and enclosure
    o Assist with variety of building projects (stone wall building, masonry, painting, etc)

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate
    Catalan: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You can choose to camp on the land or stay in our self-contained, work-in-progress studio apartment located over the storage garage. Regardless of where you sleep, you will have access to your own:

    o kitchen equipped w/ camp stove, refrig & sink
    o full bathroom with hot running water

    MEALS – We will have one shared meal together daily and provide provisions for you to prepare your own meals at other times (Monday – Friday). We anticipate you will be off exploring the area on weekends and will be eating out or picnicking so you’ll be on your own for Sat & Sunday meals.

    We are omnivores but can accommodate vegetarian diets.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is lots to do on your time off and the area is great for nature explorers.

    We’re just 1 km to small town of Marca and 3 km to Falset, which is the capital of the Priorat wine region, and has good restaurants/bars/shops/bakeries, and such. There is also a bus station in Falset for to access small local villages and nearby towns.

    The Marca/Falset train station is just a 10 minute walk, and has direct (2hr) train ride to Barcelona.

    Rock climbing and river sport are close by and accessible by car and hiking trails are right out our front door.

    You are welcome to use our 2 (not so fancy) bicycles for local trips.

    We have a swimming pool that can be enjoyed during your down time.

    We ask that you respectfully abstain from drugs/marijuana or drinking during volunteer hours, and there is no heavy partying or loud music.

  • 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

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week maximum


Host ref number: 423727879491