A new beginning... organic herb farm near Villaviciosa, spain



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  • Descripción


    My project is a permaculture/organic herb farm, where I will grow herbs for herbal infusions, cooking herbs, etc. Also lots of veg (in 2020) and fruit.

    I have started in 2019, so it is mostly starting fields, planting and tending to green manures. I plan to build my drying machine and a green house this year. In fall I hope to plant my berries and trim my fruit trees. There is also plenty of grass land to maintain. And hopefully I will add some chickens and a chicken coop and a cat in the near future.

    I am also in the process of designing new house plans and doing some demolition work and maintenance. This will include a rain water system. As the house hasn't been lived in and needs a lot of love and work I am not living in the house, I just use the kitchen and bathroom.

    I sleep in the panera (a barn on feet, like an horreo) where I have made several little tent rooms, which are private and clean, with new beds.

    There is so much! My head is full of excitement and plans. But what I have learned, the last few years, doing volunteer work in France and Spain, is that you just have to start somewhere, have fun and don't worry about deadlines. It is very meditative work, mostly because there is no end in sight, so there is no point getting stressed. (of which you can remind me when I get stressed :).)

    I would love your help with all of this. Experience isn't required, because I will be glad of the extra hands, but if you happen to have experience with: carpentry, forestry, gardening, construction, plumbing, electrics, etc. your insights will be appreciated.

    I am a Dutch woman, I used to be a cook, business consultant and manager. Now I want to have a simpler and happier life in Asturias. I have a wonderfully funny and friendly dog. If you want to bring a dog, he or she is welcome, provided the dogs get on well.

    Well, I hope that gives you an idea! Please contact me with any questions and I hope to see you soon and share my dream with you!

    I have Wifi, but limited and quality depends on the weather.

  • Tipo de ayuda

    Tipo de ayuda

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care
    Language practice

  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    First of all you get to experience Asturias and (if I do say so myself) one of the most beautiful parts of Asturias at that! Second, life in a rural Asturias village.

    Furthermore you can learn about and contribute to gardening, landscape and house design, improving soil, permaculture, fruit trees, forestry, construction work, etc.

    Als last but not least we can help each other with languages and learning about different cultures and habits.

  • Ayuda


    We will either be working in the garden or in the house
    Garden: weeding, planting, sowing, digging, mowing, watering, constructing, etc.
    House: demolition, plumbing, wood work, making doors, etc.

    The work will be 4 hours a day for 5 days a week. Whoever wants to work more, I won’t stop you, but a balance between work and free time is very important to me.

    The exact days of the week and the starting times will depend on the work and the weather. I'd prefer it if you stay for at least a week and a maximum of 2 or 3 weeks. (for people who wish to stay longer, we can talk about it once you get here, but I won't commit to longer without knowing you and you knowing me :))

  • Idiomas hablados

    Idiomas hablados

    dutch, english, reasonable spanish, some german and french

  • Alojamiento


    The house is liveable (depending on your definition), but I have decided the living quality will be better with tent rooms inside a seperate structure. You will have a tent room 2mx1,70mx1,75m (high). With a mattrass on a a pallet-structure. You will have a dry, clean space. There will be no heating though, so bring warm clothes for the night!).
    Cooking will be done outside or in the kitchen in the house, and the toilet and hot shower are also in the house. I have a washing machine.

    We'll be eating lots of veggies, but also meat and fish and dairy. Organic as much as possible, but that is mostly a budgetary question for now. Once my garden starts producing nearly everything will be organic! . Please let me know if you have dietary needs.

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    Time off is yours to do with as you please. You can sleep, lay in the sun, read, go for walks or join me and my dog on our walks. You don't mind silence or spending time by yourself. I hope to get a bike in the near future so you can have some transport for yourself, though beware! The area has steep roads. The views are worth it though!

    If you have a car, that is great, as it gives you more freedom (to go to the coast, visit the picos, Oviedo or Gijon), but if you are travelling by public transport I can pick you up in Villaviciosa. I'll go into town at least once a week and you can join to do some shopping if you want. And I like going to the beach as well and you are welcome to join me there. For a walk, a swim or a snorkel.

    Weather and clothes tips
    Asturias has lots of beautiful weather and also lots of rain (which is why it is so green). Often it is warmer outside then inside, due to the thick stone walls. So what to bring? Warm clothes for inside, thick socks! And for outside? Shorts, swimwear, old work clothes (long sleeved to protect you from the sun), hat/cap, a raincoat, etc. And good work shoes or boots!

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    Un poco más de información

    • Acceso a Internet

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      Acceso a Internet limitado

    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?


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    Horas esperadas

    5 days, 4 hours a day

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Precisión del perfil: (5.0)

Intercambio cultural: (4.5)

Comunicación: (5.0)

Número de referencia de anfitrión: 989333132344