Oman - Organic farm/eco tourism project

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Oman

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    Join us on our family-run 15-acre organic farm in a secluded location in the heartlands of Oman at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula. We are cultivating date and fruit trees, perennial crops and seasonal vegetables in system loosely based on permaculture principles unique in Oman. The challenge of maintaining diversity and sustainability in an arid climate with little rainwater, means that we are in permanent exciting state of experimentation. We practice zero tillage, soil building, alley and circle planting, mulching, crop rotation, composting and companion planting. We use green manures, groasis plantation for indigenous trees, recycle grey water and make our own organic pesticides. Our farming activities are supplemented by bed and breakfast accommodation in our four purpose-built eco-cabins for mainly European visitors to Oman.

    We are looking to host a single person/couple to help us with farm tasks and help with tourists in Q1 2020. This would involve working max 5 hours a day 5 days a week for a minimum period of 3 weeks. The ideal person would be independent, motivated and mature individual who is happy to be in wide-open spaces, close to nature and a non-smoker. Relevant experience preferred . Videography, photography, social media a bonus. Please note this is an entirely no smoking property.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Helping with Tourists

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You can expect to gain knowledge of
     the cultivation of food trees and crops suitable to the arid sub-tropics;
     soil improvement through addition of biomass; use of cover crops, mulches etc...;
     making of organic pesticides and foliar feeds
     production of high-value crops with zero chemical inputs and use of natural pesticides;
     marketing to create demand
     cultures within cultures.

  • Help

    Help

    We would like your help with some of the following:-
     Sign painting
     Building eg fences, benches, play area for chickens (our new arrivals) and goats (arrival pending)
     Tree inventory, and spreadsheet data entry
     Soil preparation and conditioning; composting, weeding, mulching etc.
     Welcoming our BNB guests and help making up cabins.
     Videography/photography

  • Languages spoken

    Arabic: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Air-conditioned en-suite eco-cabin All food and supplies included – we will not always be on site so we would expect you to prepare your own meals.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You will have two full days a week off and free time other days of the week. In your free time, you can use the on-farm amenities - 2 pools, table tennis, bowling, swing in a hammock under the date palms, climb the neighbouring hills (bronze age tombs), accompany us on errands in the locality and subject to the farming and guest schedule, we would do our best to show you to a few sights such as forts, abandoned adobe villages etc...nearby.

    Due to our location unless you rent a car or travel to pick up the (infrequent) bus from the main road you will need to be flexible on which days of the week you have off. We are happy to provide a lift back to Muscat depending on our schedule. You might prefer to accumulate days off so you can have a good stretch of time touring for example.

    Please be aware that this is an off the beaten track location with few amenities in the locale other than those on the farm and thus not suitable for someone who is looking for thrills and excitement. Please also note that alcohol in Oman outside (expensive) hotels is not widely available so if this is an important part of your lifestyle, our location will not suit 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

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


Host ref number: 546616928993