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Looking for help from beginning of May to June for:
-helping in the kitchen during our upcoming events of the youth exchange Erasmus plus project;
-managing our vegetable garden from seed to harvest
Please apply if you are able to stay from a minimum of 3weeks to up to 2 months and have previous knowledge in the fields above! When there's a lot of people around, self consciousness of own skills is the only key to tranquillity!
June-July-August IMPORTANT INFOS
Please apply just if you can stand without dying or going crazy:
-Temperatures reaching 45degrees
- Really Hot sun and strong UV
- early morning work and looong siestas until the temperature drops to a level to make it possible to finish the jobs
- quieteness and relaxed mood
- naked bodies without seeing lust in nudity
Our project started in June 2011 from an abandoned orange orchard. The project takes its name from the traditional Arab irrigation channel that runs through our land and carries water slowly and thoughtfully to give life to all forms of nature and fuel our purpose: regenerate!
Through the permacultural design model and thanks to the important help and energy of many friends and volunteers it grew to become an oasis of biodiversity and one of the main hubs of the Sicilian permaculture network. It is well known as a model for productiON-oriented and experimental-oriented farming projects, obtaining crop yields and still being a center of active learning and non-formal education. Over the course of the years, the experimental field also grew in size and the core team evolved around the project foundations and its life values.
We chose Permaculture, because it can be considered a systemic approach and it includes all aspects of life, following in an harmonic way the different interactions within ecosystems. This system is based on three ethics: earth care, people care and fair share (also declined as future care), and a growing number of design principles!
For us it's a conscious choice of life. A choice to share places, people, time and elements, looking outside and inside of ourselves.
More than an organic farm, the project is a communal living place with a fertile field for practical experimentations regarding permaculture, bioconstruction, community living/building, valuing and transforming what nature offers us, recycling, well-being and new ideas. The different sub-projects that we carry out give the opportunity to vary activities, make different experiences, and try out what we are most called for. For us it is also important to value people, in the freedom to share personal skills and talents in a continuous exchange and growth.
Linguist, social worker and permaculturist farmer, fond of meditation and reggaeton. He bought the land and works permanently here. He's fond of nature’s intimacy, silence, group working, reading and sharing his knowledge on courses and events.
Salvo's son, who spends here a part of the week or some longer periods depending on school and holidays!
Social and humanitarian worker. She started her training in permaculture with the intention of combining the field of human rights with permaculture design. Particularly interested in human permaculture, community building, deep ecology's tools and facilitation.
Passionate and interested in experimenting with the world of phytotherapy and fermented products. Macrobiotic diet, dance and yoga as a means of connecting with the invisible.
And living just on the other side of the road our friends with which we colllaborate and randomly organize activities, works and mutual help moments:
Music teacher, farmer (working mainly with olive and orange trees), and passionate for eco-building. He plays sax and loves sharing music, especially Jazz, Cumbia, Gospel and world music!
Slow-life and degrowth amateur who converted to countryside life to live "d'amour et d'eau fraîche". She's eager to find ways to auto-produce about anything, and also likes to create useless things.
Apart from those mentioned above, we're part of a small but growing network of Salvo's friends and ex-volunteers, that over the time decided to invest and do a life change, buying land nearby and deciding to create new collaborations and co-productions!
Once your stay is confirmed we will send you by email or telegram/wapp message a pdf file with the directions to reach us.
You are welcome with your car or your van, and if you come with public transportation we can come pick you up in the town near-by.
Note that there is limited to no public transportation on Sunday and on Saturday and that we can't come to pick you up in Catania (airport nor city center).
STUFF TO BRING
Flip Flops or similar : you will appreciate having a pair for inside common areas
Gloves : if you like for working in the garden or building things
Rain boots : in autumn it can get very rainy since the climate is changing
Sleeping bag : winter you will need to bring it, we do supply blankets but you will appreciate the extra warmth. Even in Sicily winter gets cold
Seeds & plants : to increase the biodiversity of our place you can bring seeds or babies of your local vegetables and trees. We are especially looking for every avocado types for a new project
There are cats, chickens, and a lot of wild animals (mice, snakes, gekkos, frogs, foxes, rabbits). For their sake we cannot host other pets.
VISA OR CITIZENSHIP PERMITS
Your papers need to be in order for us to host you, we cannot help neither with your visa situation or with your citizenship process.
Please take a little time to introduce yourself, who you are, why you would like to come, what are your experiences and projects, and what skills and knowledge you can share.
Beyond the daily work and our current projects you will be helping on, you are welcome to contribute in your own way. We are open to new ideas and love learning new skills (building stuff, auto-production, art, well-being…)!
Once you commit we expect you to come. The running of the project relies on people and it causes us a lot of difficulties when someone doesn’t show up. So please be transparent, let us know if you are not sure.
We check emails once a week, but we always reply.
Aide avec des éco-projets
Bricolage et projets de construction
S’occuper des animaux
Aide dans une ferme
Baby-sitting et jeux créatifs
Cuisine/repas pour la famille
Aide à la maison
in our project you will learn:
-what Permaculture is and how to live out of farming
-learning the tecniques of Market Gardening - bio-intensive faming
-how to grow your own food
-how to grow and use Spirulina
-how to cook the food that you produce and how to store it and preserve it
-how it is like to be living in a small farming community
-how to harvest, prune and care of fruit trees and vegetables
-how to elaborate good quality compost and fertilizers
-how to feed the soil in order to feed humanity
-how to swim in a pond
-how sweet blood oranges can be!
Ce projet peut impliquer des enfants. Pour en savoir plus, consultez nos directives et conseils ici.
Volunteers can stay from a minimum of 3 weeks (to a maximum that can be arranged depending on our mutual goals and feelings) and those having previous experience in the upcoming works and living in communities are especially welcome.
Wood houses : we are looking for people with the right skills to start building several wood houses that will replace the trailers we use to host volunteers.
|All year round
Managing the garden from seed to harvest, with water and love
Feeding the chickens, and give them water and love
Implementing and maintaining structures and projects : wood houses, lanes, water systems, swales, ponds
Cooking is organized in turns, feel free to share your favourite recipes
Cleaning regularly, everyone takes on the responsibility to leave things and spaces as clean as found or even cleaner
find out new stuff to experiment!
|Orchards seasonal work
January, February : pruning fruit trees (other than olives and citrus)
January to March : picking blood oranges
May, June, September : pruning and grafting citrus
October, November : picking olives
October to May : picking lemons & spreading manure and compost fertilizers
You will be hosted in one of the restructured-trailers where you might be sharing the space with another guest depending on the moment.
The bathroom and the kitchen are shared.
There is no wifi.
We eat mainly what our garden offers us : delicious and organic fruits, vegetables and eggs. For everything that is not (yet) auto-produced, we supply ourselves directly from local and biological producers.
GOOD TO KNOW
We count on a 20€ weekly contribution by person to cover the common expenses like externally supplied food, electricity and gas.
Over the course of our experience in hosting, this is the amount we calculated as an additional cost per person that we cannot cover.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
we do have space for 2 campervans but let us know the size first! We cannot accept guests with pets.
Plus de 2
depends on the task and period! MAXIMUM 25 hours, 5 days a week
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