Plant trees, live simply on top of a mountain in Catalunya, Spain



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  • Description


    We don’t have any time or availability for volunteers now, until Autumn 2022. Probably October.

    We are Ben and Will, living simply, off grid on nearly 8 hectares in the mountains above Tivissa, Catalunya. We’re working with our small herd of rescue animals, olive and almond trees, and the land to make a sustainable life here, for us and to share with others; exploring techniques of regenerative agriculture, permaculture, syntropic agriculture... As a gay couple we aim to increase queer visibility in rural agricultural endeavors and strive to provide a safe encouraging space for us all to connect with the land.

    We are Radical Faeries, Welcome Faeries!

    We are looking for 1 or 2 people at a time, to come work with us, from one to two weeks or longer if it works for everyone.

    Who we are:
    We are both 35 years old, from the state of Wisconsin, in the northern midwest of the United States. After 10 years living in London, we’ve found our way here. Ben has been living here since 2017, and Will since 2019. We speak English and Castellano, and Ben speaks German.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Projets artistiques
    Pratique d’une langue
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Aide dans une ferme
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général

  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    You will learn about natural building, principles of organic farming, soil building, dry stone wall repair, shepherding skills.... and much more!

  • Projets impliquant des enfants

    Projets impliquant des enfants

    Ce projet peut impliquer des enfants. Pour en savoir plus, consultez nos directives et conseils ici.

  • Aide


    Some of the projects we are working on:

    Restoring the second and third rooms of our old Shepard’s hut - using natural building materials and techniques

    Fixing fallen terrace walls

    Various small carpentry projects

    Garden work

    Building Fences - all of our existing fences are built with olive wood, which we collected and prepared for building from pruning the overgrown, previously abandoned olive trees.

    Preparing future vineyard sites: building fences and clearing brush from these terraces and others

    Massive tree planting, watering, mulching, and irrigation projects.

    Smallish Almond Harvests - around September

    Olive Harvests - starting November each year
    - pruning of overgrown olive trees while harvesting if suitable.
    - chipping the prunings for mulch

    Forestry work: thinning young pine stands for fencing material. Cleaning forest cover to reduce fire risk.

    Cutting, collecting and chopping firewood.

    A bit of low-key shepherding - hanging out with the animals if they are in a pasture near the road and to direct them as necessary.

    Any other projects that come up or inspire you!

    We are living on the mountain with our dogs Truman and Orla, who are very affectionate, although they have very few boundaries - and like to kiss and cuddle everyone. Our very inefficient mouse control cat is Dexter.

    Beyond these two we have Max the pig, Bodhi and Junya the donkeys, Myra and Minnea the sheep, and 2 ducks. These animals all come from a rescue and have lived with us on the mountain helping work the land for the last 3+ years.

    We are looking for helpers that are excited to take part in the beginnings of our mountain farm. We have learned a lot in the last 4 years to share with you and look forward to learn from your experiences.

    Photo notes:
    the beach is playa del torn, 30 minutes drive down on the coast.
    The little river gorge pools are a 40 minute drive.

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Catalan: Courant
    Anglais: Courant
    Allemand: Intermédiaire
    Espagnol: Intermédiaire

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  • Hébergement


    Accommodation we can offer is a small Caravan. It is basically just for sleeping, 1-4 people. With a gas cooker.

    Toilet: simple, composting and outdoors, under an olive tree with a great view

    Shower: we have a very basic outdoor shower set up

    Electricity: minimal 12v solar electricity - enough to run lights at night, charge phones and tablets and other small items.

    Food/cooking: we will provide a hot vegetarian meal in the evening, or cook together/you can cook if you like to.
    And provide food for communal or individual breakfast, lunch and snacking.
    Our small indoor kitchen is available to share.

    We have one neighbour, who we live quite closely with, Suami, who lives a 5 minute walk away with his 2 well trained goats. Close enough to see each other whenever you want to, with plenty of room for privacy. He is Catalan, fluent in English and Castellano.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    We are located in the mountains a few km away from the medieval Catalan village, Tivissa, around 2,000 people (15min by car - 35 min by foot down, 50 min by foot UP) On the road to Tivissa you pass a font and a bolsa of mountain spring water, and rock climbing routes.

    The land is terraced, with mainly olive and almond trees and a few figs that were previously cultivated here. The land was abandoned for 20+ years.

    We work as much as possible with things that come from the land or that we find thrown away in town.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Cet hôte a de la place pour les vans.

  • Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux

    Just ask

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

N° de référence hôte : 855269894479