Help develop an agro-ecological and sustainable project in the the region of the Canal Navarres (Valencia), Spain

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  • Description

    Description

    We are three friends from Valencia who some years ago acquired a land in the mountains in order to develop an agro-ecological project. During this time we have devoted ourselves to rehabilitate and make habitable part of the ancient stone house there, create an organic garden, restore the abandoned olive grove, and launch the henhouse.

    The "finca" is in the region of the Canal Navarres (Valencia), it consists of an area of 4 hectares of organic olive groves with some carob trees, and other 2 ha of arable land in different mountain terraces.

    It is located 16km from the nearest town Navarrés and is nestled surrounded entirely by public forest. The nearest inhabited house is about 5km, so the feeling of peace is permanent.

    We are not permaculture experts, neither a spiritual community. However we try to follow many of its principles and also enjoy some comunity life when we have several volunteers. But the project right now is focused mainly in the practical aspects of living of the grid and about mountain agriculture.

    We enjoy not very cold winters and hot long summers.

    We seek also:: Meeting new people and share experiences, learning together, exchange of ideas and knowledge on agroecology, agroforestry, permaculture, self-reliance, alternative energy etc. We are always open to listen new ideas and proposals. The land offers many possibilities.

    On the farm will stay at least one of the three of us, which will guide the volunteers in their daily tasks and will arrange meals and solve their needs.

    We can pick up volunteers in Valencia capital.

    Leisure: At leisure volunteers can relax and unwind in the house, enjoy the pool Or explore the farm and whereabouts. Hiking.

    Nearby attractions: - Puddles of Quesa. - gorgo de la escalera- Rio Fraile -Bolbaite River - Caves and shelters with cave paintings, you may visit those places if you come with your own car.

    We speak spanish and english. We are omnivorous, but we adapt to any type of vegetarian diet

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • 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

    The cultural exchange and opportunities lo learn here will be mainly about:
    1. Practical aspects of living offthegrid.
    2. Agriculture- volunteers can learn about recover an abandoned olive grove and reconvert to organic cultivation, organic gardening, taking care of animals, farmstay etc
    3. Natural environment.- This place is in the middle of the forest completely surrounded by nature. You could learn about aromatic herbs in mediterranean forest and nature in general
    4. Building and matenance. We do sometimes some basic works of masonry, carpentry, plumbery, electricity etc.
    5.Languages. The host can help you with your spanish learning. It will be easier if you bring your own spanish books or notes.You can also improve your english skills practicing with other volunteers.
    5. Spanish culture.- as we will live together you can learn about spanish culture in general. We usually cook together and share recipes from our different countries.
    You can also visit the village and visit nearby places of cultural interest if you come with your own vehicle but isolation of the place makes it not easy to do often.

  • Help

    Help

    We seek collaboration mainly at the orchards but also at home and around.

    Main tasks: pruning, weeding, and organic fertilizing of the olive orchad harvrsting etc. Taking care of the animals and the garden. At home theres always some fixings improvements and mantenance to do.

    Volunteers are expected to work 5 hours per day/ 5 days per week. Schedules are flexible but some results are expected. Some tasks can be be repetitive and boring sometimes but if it needs to be done, we do it. We need people ready to help in whatever may be needed.
    We dont demand any specifical skillset but people with the following traits will adapt better and enjoy here the most:
    Initiative, adaptability, practical and downtoearth mentality, self starter, self motivated.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    It consists in an ancient stone house. Most of it is already finished but with few improvements remaining. We have electricity by solar panels and running water (from a small aquifer within the farm). The house has two floors, with several bedrooms on the upper floor. a bathroom, heating (wood stoves) etc. Life here is basic and not luxurius but everyday improving.

    By the time we access the Internet via mobile phone. Despite the isolation we enjoy 4g connection most of times at home. If your mobile connection doest work at some point we could share ours creating a hotspot.

    We also have irrigation pond, which in summer we use as swimming pool.

  • 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.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We accept pets but with limitations. We have here two dogs and one cat. Dogs stay outside. Normally dogs are ok with other dogs from visitors but you never know. If theres some problem we cant accept extra distractions and stay will not continue.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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