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La Codosera
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 32
Persons: 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 39050
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: August 8, 2015

We have been running an organic veg box scheme from a beautiful, rural 32 hectare organic finca near the small Spanish town of La Codosera, just on the border of the wonderful Alentejo region of Portugal, for some time now. After all this years, we have many plans to develop the land in a permaculture way, and are looking for volunteers to help us out with daily tasks and with the organic garden.

Tasks may include:
• Helping us in our daily tasks of the vegetable garden.
• General land maintenance (strimming, clearing, harvesting, weeding, turning compost,...)
• Refurbishing the cottage (painting,...)

Some of this tasks are very hard work, so we would prefer only volunteers who are willing and fit to work in some hard tasks, who love nature, who want to help others, who want to learn from the experience,...
We would ask for around 5 hours labour per day, 5 days a week, leaving 2 days free for you to explore this beautiful region.

We prefer couples or pairs of friends, as we are very remote, but if you are happy to come on your own, and you don´t mind to share the house with another volunteer, then we will appreciate the help.

We (myself, my wife Sara and 3-year-old daughter Abril) do not live on the finca (we live in the village of La Codosera, 5km away). We (my dad, my partner Luis and I) come and work there every day, in the mornings and in the afternoons, but you will have an ancient stone cottage on the finca for your personal use. The availability is the house is for 3-4 people, so it usually must be shared with other volunteers.
The house has four rooms: one double bedroom, one single room, one living room with a sofa-bed, and one dinning-room. Bathroom facilities are outdoor, camping style (one outdoor bathroom and one dry toilet, as you can see on the photographs). Having a shower in the outdoor bathroom can be a little hard in winter, but in this Mediterranean climate, temperatures are not usually very low.
The house must be kept clean and tidy. We will simply ask you to leave the house in the same condition as you found it.
We will provide you with food (vegetarian) for you to cook and you can pick as much fruit and veg as you can eat from the allotments. We will also provide you with delicious jams and preserves that are made with the farm ingredients.
There is a tv in the house, but as there is no tv antenna, we will leave you films and documentaries we have available. We will also leave you a lot of music to listen, from Loreena Mckennitt, Nightnoise,..., to Peter Gabriel,... By the way, we are also going to put loudspeakers in the garden, so we are going to study the benefits of music to plants.
We also have a good bibliography of organic gardening and permaculture (mostly in English), that we can leave you.
There is no internet access here but the local village, about 5km away has 24 hour access in and around the library. There is also internet acces 2km away, in the pub of La Tojera restaurant. There are 2 bicycles available, so you have some form of transport to get around.

For more information please contact us directly. We are Spanish, but speak English and we look forward to welcoming you here.

The farm is just beside the Portuguese Natural Park of San Mamede, where you can visit the most beautiful villages in Portugal: Marvao, Castelo de Vide and Alegrete. You can also visit the Medieval village of Alburquerque, 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 Abrilongo stream and discovering abandoned houses, wells, stone walls, gardens,...

The best way of arriving here, if you come from abroad, is from Lisbon (237km away). The nearest big cities around are Portalegre, in Portugal (40km away) and Badajoz (60km away). We would pick you up in either city.

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