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All Year: min. 1 month to 6 months
Area (ha): 3 hectares
Persons: 4 max
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 41324
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: September 10, 2018

We Now take helpers all year round.
**** if you are interested in a full time job based position please go to the bottom of this listing for more info.*******
We really need longterm people....

Our Business:
We are a Permaculture Farm & Retreat where we hold courses in Permaculture & Earth Bag Building.

For HelpX we require at least One Month Stay.

* Accommodation:
* Caravan sleeps 2 ( 1 double ) available at certain times
* Single Tent sleeps 1or 2
* Double Tent sleeps 1 or 2
More Tents available.

(We now have a house available at but ONLY AT certain times of the year, sleeps 2 to 6 people.)
* All bedding & towels supplied.
* We have lots of extra blankets & quits, so although its chilly at night, you will be snuggly in the tent!....
* Night time temperature is around 10 degrees.
* The average is 17 during the day going up to 25
* There is a Bathroom next to the Caravan for Helpex/ Workers made from recycled pallets.....complete with hot water, sink, bath, shower and composting toilet!

* The bathroom in the house is for family use only.

* If you have your own Tent, you are more than welcome to pitch up on our land!

* You will be working approx. 5 to 6 hours a day with weekends to do as you please, or if you want to swap a weekend day for mid week thatís fine really depends on the weather and the priorities in hand!

We are a Permaculture Farm & Retreat where we hold courses in Permaculture & Earth Bag Building.

* Location situated in the heart of the mountains in the Guadalhorce valley.
We are planting Food Forests on our 25,000m2 of Organic Fertile land. All profits from our business go towards reforesting the local area. Expanding the Forest.

We follow the Permaculture system of planting food forests to grow everything naturally.

We sell to local restaurants and Farmers markets in and around Alora. Bars and Restaurants in Malaga and on the Costa del Sol.

We also plant and grow from organic seeds, Microgreens, including Wheatgrass, Red Amaranth, Radish, Broccoli and Rocket and much more, too many to list here! Which we also sell at Market.

Tasks include:
* Collecting Almonds & Olives from September to October
*Helping to Dig Swales /Ponds & terracing for water collection & preservation.
*Generally helping where needed, collecting fruits and vegetables.
*Helping to plant new trees and shrubs, we are constantly expanding our Forests.
*Stone Wall building for retaining walls.
*Earthbag building for sheds, almacens and storage.
*Helping to keep the outside areas clean and tidy.
* Helping to build our outdoor kitchen area for Helpex and to wash/clean the salads & veggies for sale.
* Olive Collecting in December.
* Almond collecting in September, October & November
* Pruning Olive & Almond Trees.
*rendering the last walls on the earthbag house.

Our Retreat:
We run courses in Permaculture & Eco Building with Earth Bags.
Our aim is to inspire & teach people to how to farm in a more self sustainable way. Hopefully changing the face of farming for future generations. Spain has a culture of mono farming, we hope to share our knowledge with locals, gradually changing their farming habits.
You will have the opportunity as you work to learn about our farm and building ecologically but please be aware that this will be limited. We run courses as an income, so if you would like to join one of the courses you are welcome to at at reduced price.

We are fun loving, easy going & lighthearted. We are very mindful of the effects of work on your mind & body, so please be assured, there will be days of Almond/Olive collecting walking through the hills on a beautiful sunny day. To lifting, digging and collecting branches on other days.
Food & Drinks:
You will be rewarded with amazing home cooked food, mostly picked from our farm.
* 3 meals a day, hearty, full and healthy!
* 1 Fruit basket every week
* 2 Packs of Biscuits!

* Breakfast: Porridge & Fruits, Toast & Jams, Eggs...
* Lunch: Soups, Stews, Baguettes, Salads, Omlettes
* Dinner: Stews, Risottos, Paella, Pasta dishes.
( vegan & vegetarian options available)

We have beautiful free chickens that give us stunning eggs daily!
We live in a Small Original Finca built on a plateau.
Quiet and secluded, 6km to the main road. ( 1.5 hour walk)

The wildlife is amazing and breathtaking,...totally peaceful setting with absolutely no light pollution, enjoy the evenings stargazing!!!!

We have an Underground Eco earthbag home, which Sams Mum lives in! built into the mountainside, arch window and door built using tyres, reclaimed wood for the roof beams from a wine bodega, antique arch windows, lots of interesting features! There is still a little more work on this to finish!

About Us:
Stacey is an experienced traditional builder from London, that now has years of experience in Eco Building and Organic Farming.
Sam is an experienced Antiques Restorer and Leather Bag designer & maker, also from London. Sam works on the business side, organises and oversees all the buying and marketing. She also cooks an incredible meal!

We build ecologically, therefore also exploring the use of alternative energy systems.

What we expect:
We are experienced Hosts, with 3 years experience. Some Helpx stay a month others 10months!

Cleanliness and Tidiness a definite, with a
Respectful and Polite nature!!!!!!

Our Home is very small, it is our space, but with a large covered terrace, which becomes a sealed room in the winter, you have lots of space to chill out and relax.
We tend to spend a lot of time on our terrace, with dining and comfy sofas, this area is our social space which we are happy to share with you.

*Smoking Outside Only! Absolutely NO smoking in the Tents,out on the land in dry weather or in The Finca.

We are 40 minutes north of Malaga, deep into the countryside. 15 minutes up a dirt track by car!
Local town, typical whitewashed Spanish pueblo with Bars, Restaurants, Supermarkets and Banks! Nearer there are Bars and Supermarkets.
There is a bus at the bottom of the track to Alora and Malaga.
Alora has a train station, 30 minutes to Malaga, where there are other trains which travel along the coast, including the airport.

*We can pickup from airport if necessary.

We have 2 Dogs one is big and friendly called George! 1 Puppy Macy and 3 Cats Lizzie, Lottie and Lola.. so no allergies please!
We are not Veggies or Vegans, we eat Meat, not a lot, so if you are unhappy with this please do not apply.
We are happy to cook for you if you are a Veggie or Vegan.
No Children or Animals, sorry!

Lots of Places of Local Interest:
Horse riding available locally.
Alora is an historic Moorish town, nestled in the hills of Andalusia. Seville, Ronda and Granada are within 2 hours away by car or train.
Malaga and the Costa del Sol 45 minutes away.
There is the local beauty spot of El Chorro with amazing vistas and natural parks, a climbing haven. Including The Caminito del Rey, The kings walk made famous by the film Von Ryans Express!
The Lakes of El Chorro are nearby for canoeing and kayaking.

*On arrival we will talk through what is expected of you and what you would like to take from your experience here with us.
Lots to do and see,...........we can help you with planning your time off!
Welcome to ask as many questions as you like!

We now have an the opportunity to offer a stipend based wage to a lucky couple to help us with our courses in Permaculture & Earthbag building.
Including helping with the Organic farm, planting and harvesting the fruits and veggies for market. We have a huge amount of tasks that we need help with, although HelpX has been great we feel we now need a permanent couple, we will continue with Helpx throughout the year, but of course, these wonderful helpers come & go!
You will receive as part of your wage, a house including water & electric bills and all your food. As a monetary wage you will receive a percentage of the profit each week. As we build up our business, with your help, of course this wage will increase. There will of course be a trial period of one month to begin with.
Thanks Stacey and Samantha

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