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Area (ha): 12
Persons: 3
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 43305
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: February 23, 2017

We are actively looking for volunteers!

Center for sustainable agriculture and technology in Mallorca.

Family owned former tile factory in an agricultural setting. Because of market shifts we decided to stop tile manufacturing and to use the premises for organic farming.
As a result, the premises are equipped both for manufacturing (a well equipped workshop, large working areas, etc) and for agricultural production, in particular organic horticulture.
Transition to organic farming started in 2005 with the request to convert 25 ha for certified ecological agriculture, which was granted in Oct 2007.
In parallel the buildings formerly occupied by the tile factory were converted for other use and an additional 3500 square meters of polytunnels were constructed. A 16 m3 cooling chamber and a large kitchen were installed, as well as a large dinning hall and bathrooms.
Sometimes we host social and promotional events like tasting of ecological agricultural products, or events on technological initiative, always promoting environmental activities and we also provide space for several associations and cooperatives that carry out their own activities

Farm products are distributed through an ecological agricultural cooperative.
Our main technology project is Utopus, a revolutionary device for sustainable tillage.

We actively use different ways of ecological agriculture, European official way, permaculture, fukuoka and regenerative.

There is ongoing work on our organic fields, where we have:
Seasonable vegetables.
Legumes, cereals.
Trees: figs, almonds, bananas, grapes, lemons and oranges.
Aromatics: rosemary, lavender, medicago, parsley, sage and mint.
Animals: Chickens, Emus, gooses, goats that we milk every morning, 2 dogs and lots of cats.

The current projects where we need your help with, include:

. Gardening: harvesting, planting, sowing, hoeing, weeding, preparing vegetables for the market and loading trucks, building fences, If needed; help milking the goats, etc.

. Utopus: help with advises and improvements, any student related or active to the following fields are welcome: sustainability, soil science, environmental science, robotics.

We ask for 5 hours 6 days a week in exchange for accommodation [ you will have your own bedroom, shared kitchen, hot water ] and food [ breakfast, lunch, bocadillo and dinner ], it is desirable to cook lunch in a communal way so we can all enjoy it after a hard morning work.
The expected weekly amount of hours are 30, we can talk about the schedule that suits you better when its needed, like Mon to Fri, 6 hours each day.

We speak Spanish, Mallorquín and English.

Minimal stay is 2 weeks.

Feel free to reach us and let us know if you have any doubt.

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