We are a non profit making enterprise.
We live in Aragon in rural Spain on a finca producing almonds and olives.We are members of the local cooperativa where we sell our olives, we produce our own wine with our grapes and sell our almonds locally.
Without irrigation and larger volumes, this is not a profitable enterprise.
However, we enjoy life in the peace of our finca but we also get involved with the local community. Neil works for a Spanish company in IT. We moved here over 9 years ago and run a 10 hectare farm using natural methods as well as having a rural tourism project in the village.
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We live in an area where there are not many foreigners and Spanish and a Catalan dialect are the main languages. It's a chance to see the real Spain in a rural location. There is plenty of opportunity to practice Spanish if that is what a workawayer wants. We tend to speak English in our home because that is our native language.
We try to make our "footprint" as small as possible. Our electricity is from solar panels, (backed up by a propane generator), our water is from the local balsa(which is supplied from the mains) and our heating is by a wood burner from wood from our trees, which we use in the winter months.
Workawayers will experience a slower pace of life in stunning surroundings. We have plenty of wildlife to see, such as hoopoos, polecats, eagles and foxes. In late spring we hear nightingales! There are many local fiestas normally which if you want you can get involved with too!
We are a non profit making enterprise.
Until the end of October, we are looking for workawayers to provide general help on our finca, clearing the wood and pruning the trees for winter.
Next year(2023) We hope to start building a car port. If you have any building or farming skills, please let us know! We are continuing the irrigation of our land in order to improve our harvests. Many of our almond trees are old and need replacing. Our vineyard will need replanting in spring 2023.
We farm organically as much as we can and we are hoping to get the accreditation for our olives at least.
The almond harvest happens in Sept/October, though this year both will not happen due to a harsh frost when the almonds had just flowered, and no rain in spring so the olive harvest around December to early Jan will not happen in 2022. During harvest times, we operate a more normal workaway routine, with us providing a communal meal around 1pm after the work is done.
Normally almond harvesting takes place from September onwards.In 2022 there will be no harvest of almonds or grapes. We have 1,000 almond trees so sometimes we have to call in a tractor with a shaker to at least get the almonds off the trees.
For the olive harvest in mid December we aim to make the most of daylight hours, which at that time of year are 8:30 until about 17:30. We do not expect our workawayers to work these hours though! We can agree exact hours when you arrive. But the more help we have, the easier the task is! In an average year the olive harvest takes 2 weeks. Harvesting is not unduly physical. For the olives we have a vibrating machine which "tickles" the olives off the tree onto large mats which we place under each tree. These are emptied as necessary into our trailer. Once we have a full trailer we take it to the Cooperativa to empty. We always aim to make it fun. If it rains we don't harvest. The weather in December can be very cold at night but by 10:00 it is usually about 10-12 degrees and by midday you are in tee shirt and jeans harvesting in the beautiful Aragonese sunshine under clear blue skies. Certainly an experience you won't get in many places.
We never expect more than 3.5 hours help for 5 days per week in return for the main meal and breakfast. This we regard as fair. We are generous, fair hosts who do not seek to exploit. Neither do we want to be taken advantage of.
OTHER FARM TASKS
At other times of the year we prune our trees and cut the wood to use in our aga stove in the winter.
You will have your own room in our house. We have all facilities including Wifi. In fact the only thing we lack is a consistent mobile signal
We have one dog and a cat.
We never expect more than 3.5 hours help for 5 days per week in return for the main meal and breakfast.
Our village has limited public transport links. We can collect from Calaciete which is served by a good bus service. See for details. The nearest train station is Caspe(see )
This area is rich in historical monuments from the time of the Iberos. We are 120km from Zaragoza. Buses go regularly from Maella and Alcaniz if you want to explore more and from these 2 towns onto the rest of Spain. Public transport is cheap as it's heavily subsidized.
We live a fairly relaxed life though we do enjoy meeting people and hearing about their experiences. In the UK we hosted Erasmus students.
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We have WiFi in the finca and a power lead to hook you up to our electricity if you need it.
We have an area next to our caravan suitable for a motor home. We can then hook you up to our electricity. Please bear in mind though that we rely entirely on solar power, so please limit high powered devices!
As long as your pets can cope with a dog and a cat!
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For farm help, 3.5 hours 5 days a week.
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