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Hello, my name is Javier Piris, and I am the responsible of this project
I am looking for volunteers who main goal for volunteering is learning about organic farming, and especially for those volunteers who want to START their OWN FARM. Minimum farming experience is required.
I am also looking for ARTISTS that would like to leave their mark in this special land. LAND ART ARTISTS are very much wellcomed!
WHAT THIS PROJECT IS ABOUT
This project was started in February 2008. With very little initial knowledge and even less economic resources, beginnings were quite difficult. After a long and tiring learning process I can state this project is already totally sustainable, environmentally and economically.
This is a project that basically looks to manage 30-hectares of land in the most efficient, organized and sustainable possible way. There is 1-hectare organic market farm, that provides food to 100 local families in the region. We are creating 4-hectares of edible forest, and we will soon start regenerating 25-hectares of Mediterranean forest. A totally sustainable project that does not need external income to sustain itself.
WHAT YOU WILL AND YOU WONT FIND HERE
Here you will find a place where you can learn from experience and all the mistakes I have made in all these years. I will try to show you as much as I can, and to give you good advices. I will always answer you any questions you have.
You will find a place to share experiences with other volunteers with similar interests, generally 4-5 volunteers at the same time.
I do not live with the volunteers. I live in La Codosera, 5kms away from the farm, and I go to work at the farm in the mornings (Monday to Saturday). This means that during the rest of the day you won’t be sharing your time with your host. It you are looking for a more social sharing with local people, this is maybe not the best place.
I offer “personal training for future small scale farmers”, for up to 3 volunteers. It is in-depth training about how to start your own market farm with minimal resources and how to run it in the most efficient way, making a living from it. You would learn erery aspect of farming, from choosing what crops to grow, to learn how to deal with customers. During the last weeks of the training you would be able to manage every aspect of the farm.
Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
Ayuda en una granja
With this project you can learn from the experience of running an organic market farm for 14 years. To learn from all our mistakes and our skills (our main knowledge and experience is about organic farming and soil, not so much about permaculture).
You will have the feeling of helping at an interesting project, who aims to manage the land we are responsible of in a different and sustainable way. And, very important, LIVING ECONOMICALLY FROM THAT.
You will also be part of a small comunity of 4-6 volunteers (usually), and have a good time you may remember forever.
The kind of help at the farm is quite varied, depending mainly on the season. This is a market farm, that provides food to 100 families by selling fruit and vegetable baskets, but it is important to notice that your help will not be business related. In the garden you will help in the cultivation of the crops that volunteers will use for their own consumption. Volunteers will help in the creation and maintenance of the edible forest, in the preparation of the spaces for future events and festivals, and in the future regeneration of the Mediterranean forest.
We ask for 5 hours of help every day, from Monday to Friday. On summers, because of heat, we start at 7:30 and finish at 12:30. On winter, it is from 9:00h to 14:00h.
Saturday is the cleaning day of the volunteer house, which takes around 2-3hours.
I ask for a minimum stay of 1 month. For volunteers interested in the personal training I ask for a minimum stay of 3 months, and 2 hours extra a day, for more in deep training.
The available house for volunteers is an ancient one, with one living room, one kitchen, and 2 bedrooms.
There is running water at the house, but not a washing machine, and there is not a toilet inside the house. The toilet is outdoor, a dry one. The shower is also outdoor, without roof.
We are actually building a toilet by the house, that will be operative by this summer.
There is WIFI at the farm.
Althought there are not many commodities in the house, most volunteers agree that it is a quite pleasant one to live in, and one they will always remember.
There is also a caravan available for volunteers.
FOOD: Volunteers have at their disposal a kitchen in the house where to prepare their own food (sometimes they prefer to cook altogether, and other times separately). You can take any fruit and vegetables you need from the garden, but you will have to get yourself any other food you need. There is a small supermarket 2 km away, in the hamlet of La Tojera, and some bigger ones in La Codosera, 5km away.
LOCATION. The farm is just by the Portuguese Natural Park of San Mamede, where you can visit the most beautiful villages in Portugal: Marvao (39km away), Castelo de Vide (40km) and Alegrete (17 km). You can also visit the Medieval village of Alburquerque (25 km), with its stunning castle. As this is a frontier region with Portugal, there are plenty of castles around, many of them abandoned: Mayorga, Ouguela, Azagala,...
You can also enjoy the solitude of this place, walking around to La peña del Buho, going up the farm stream discovering abandoned houses, wells, stone walls, gardens,... Or just going to the top part of the farm, la "Sierra de los siete lobos" and contemplate the views.
ARRIVING HERE. The best way for arriving here is from Badajoz, 60km away from the farm and 500Km away from Madrid. There are many buses from Madrid to Badajoz, and 2 dayly buses in the winter (13:30 and 18:30h) and 1 bus in the summer (13:00h) from Badajoz to La Codosera (you can see the bus timetables at the web page of the bus company damas, checking from Badajoz to La Codosera). We would pick you up in La Codosera. BE AWARE there are no buses on Sundays and holidays, so this is not the best day to get here. We do nt pick volunteers on holidays or Sundays, as it is our day off.
We have a market at Badajoz every Wednesday (19:00-20:00h), so we could meet at the market.
There is an small airpot 10km away from Badajoz, but there are no buses to conect the airport to Badajoz, only taxis.
Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
Puede alojar familias
Este anfitrión puede proporcionar un sitio para autocaravanas.
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25 hours a week - flexible times
Son opciones de calificación adicionales para cuando los miembros dejan sus comentarios. Se muestra la calificación media dejada en cada opción.
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