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Hi, I'm Fran and have recently moved to a small finca in Catalunya and need your help!
We are totally off-grid (solar power & well water), which means treading lightly on the planet - careful use of water and power. The household includes Dave the cat, Dulce the dog, five chickens - Louise, Dolores, Chookie, Deirdre and Darlene, plus around 40 budgies (it’s a long story!). We all rub along very well indeed, (although Dave would like to get a closer look at the budgies). The plan is to add 2 donkeys to the menagerie, however, before this can happen we need to build a strawbale/cob shelter and put up fencing to keep those little escapologists at home.
I am setting up a permaculture project from a fairly sterile base. The finca itself has 160 olive trees, 40 carob trees and 50 almond trees, plus 3 veggie beds. The ground has been compacted over years and now needs lots of organic material added, plus love and hard labour in order to bring it back to health. Part of the plan is to build swales, the donkeys will also graze the terraces in order to keep plants under control and fertilise as they go.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Keen to meet a range of nationalities for general chat and learn about one another, particularly on things permaculture. Also nice to cook typical national dishes for one another, (but not necessary).
The area is very beautiful, beaches nearby nearby and acres of forest, plus mountains within reach. The train to Barcelona/Valencia is just 6km away. Hiking, biking, swimming, kicking back in the sun - the world is your whelk!
Gardening, Swale Digging, Animal Care, Harvesting, General Maintenance, Strawbale Building, Cooking. Sheet Mulching, Pruning, Setting up Irrigation
This host offers a language exchange
I am happy to help visitors to improve their English, but equally happy to speak in my basic, but improving Spanish or French
You will have your own room, (unless traveling with someone) with bathroom shared with one other bedroom, plus a kitchenette if wanted, although the intention would be to eat together in the main kitchen/on the terrace. I will provide 3 plant-based meals a day and would expect help in prepping/cleaning up.
The nearest village is 4km away, as is the sea, (different directions). It is incredibly peaceful, surrounded by pine forest. Since there is very little light pollution the night time skies tend to be amazing and it’s good to see the last of the daylight from the 1st floor terrace, (maybe with a drink in hand).
There are bikes if you wish to go to the beach, (the swimming pool is currently out of commission & not sure when it will be fixed) or local villages.
Wifi is pretty good, although not up to steaming films - on the other hand I do have a few DVDs we can project outside for a little home cinema or you could bring your own DVDs. There is no TV.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
I have decent wi-fi, although there are times when it can go down all across the local area, so no guarantees. Equally the mobile signal is pretty good.
I have space next to the house for camper vans as well as an outside shower and loo, (although you are welcome to use the indoor facilities if you prefer)
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week