This is an agroecological project that includes the organic farm in the heart of the Ricote Valley, also known as Moorish Valley and a rural cottage, the Casica de Perintín. The farm it's 3 Ha of lemon and orange trees and veggie hortures limited by the River Segura and the protected mountains of La Navela.
We work at the farm: Demba, from Malí, farmer, Natalia, Spanish biologst and translator (from English and Catalan) and our daughter Hawa, born in October 2011. We share the farm with volunteers some years ago and also with friends and some animals and pets: hens, dogs and cats. We are part of a network of organic farms, called Ecoagricultor@s de Murcia. The place is very beautiful and tranquil. Volunteers will be lodged at the big house of La Era, where Nat and Hawa live.
We welcome adaptative and responsible volunteers, eager to help both open air and inside, independent and also sociable. There's a lot of work around the year and we expect volunteers to adapt to our crazy and chaotic rythms; and to take responsability during their stage of certain tasks (like feeding the chickens) every day... even the days off (when they do eat too!). Enjoying cooking and giving a hand regularly with housework, without need to be told are always welcomed.
You won't probably ever forget the magic atmosphere !
No dogs allowed, sorry; we have already two and they still do not understand well the concept of "workaway doggies" ;)
Please, do not apply for less than 3-4 weeks, as it's the minimum stay we can cope with! Gracias!
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
This is officially under Organic Ecolabel since 2003. We diversify our activity and cover all stages of the producing-selling process, so that it might be very interesting if you are thinking about having a farm yourself, por example.
We are openminded and curious, so that you we,ll probably meet interesting people who come along to the farm (apart from ourselves, of course).
Around the year we must care the oranges and lemons trees and also weeding the hortures, and some fixing in the houses, like painting, and redoing stonewalls are often needed....we are always busy down here! Minimum stage is for 3 weeks... preferably 4 or longer, once we are all happy! Please do not apply if you cannot stay for a minimum of 3-4 weeks.
Spanish, English, French, Soninké, Bambará; català, Deutch
Volunteers will share the house with Nat and Hawa, having their own room, shared or not depending on how many vols we have (usually two, eventually 3)
There are really nice trekking routes around and canoeing is posible nearby. Every neighbour village is worth being visited, and there are also some interesting museums and 2 spas nearby.
We can provide you with a bike and ocassionally a car might be available.
There are some daily buses to Murcia city.
Ojós is a litle village (350 inhab.) 1 km away and there are 3 bars and a shop. Within 10km there are 6 more villages, Ricote, Ulea, Blanca, Abarán, Villanueva y Archena, all worth a visit, some of them more!.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
We are flexible; Sundays to Tuesdays are the busiest days, Thursdays and Saturdays days off (changeable if told in advance)