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All Year: yes
Area (ha): 36
Persons: 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 5741
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: September 19, 2018

We need help ASAP and we mean ASAP we need to pick grapes.

and you need to stay for two weeks and
please be polite and answer us as fast as you can.

We (Kristian and Maja from Sweden/Norway) have an Organic Almond and vineyard - farm in the Alpujarras, which is just south from the Sierra Nevada Mountain with the summit (Mulhacen) reaching 3500 meters. The area is perfect for hiking with the famous GR7 nearby and cycling on and off road. The farm is 1.6km away on a dirt track from nearest road where buses drive by.
Nearest town - Cadiar is about 10 min away by car. Cadiar have most of supplies needed and a big market twice a month, also bars and restaurants. A number of different Fiestas are held here as well with a wine and food fiesta as the best one.

We need help with different tasks depending on our seasons:

- Pruning of grapevines and Almond trees, by hand.
- Chainsawing, pruning and firewood if you have good skills
- Burning of pruned twigs

- De weed in the vineyards
- Chainsawing the firewood

Mid Aug-Sept
- Harvest of Grapes, less than two weeks, varies year by year
- Harvest of Almonds

October-Mid November
- Harvest of Almonds
- Pruning of Almond trees

Harvest of grapes
The grapes are cut off and put into crates/boxes and moved along until full, then loaded on to a track tractors tray between the rows in the vineyard.
The terrain is steep in many places and it is a physical demanding activity for the people who load the tractor.

Harvest of almonds
Two nets are placed underneath each tree and then bashed down by a stick. When the net is full you sort out twigs and stones etc and fill over in sacks. They will be picked up by a tractor or a pickup truck.

Some maintenance work is sometimes needed on our buildings and in the garden etc.

Working gear
- We have safety equipment for chainsawing
- Bring durable work clothes, long pants
- Also warm clothes, because in the mountains we have chilly days in the winter and cold nights in spring and fall.
- Durable Working/hiking boots

Working Hours
When you arrive, you work 5 days in a row, then you have 2 days off, regardless what weekdays that may be. You work 6 hours a day, normally with a lunch break. Jun-Aug when it is hot we may have siesta. When you work in a team you need to have the same working hours.

Your stay and Commitment
We prefer that helpers stay 2 to 4 weeks. Please be clear about your arriving and leaving dates beforehand. If you have accepted our offer - you have committed to come and honor it. And so have we for your stay. We have slots made especially made for you to have a pleasant stay because we are trying to mix people which we think can get along.
We have had 7 people jumping off just a couple of days before they are supposed to arrive and that first after we have contacted them to ask them when to pick them up in Cadiar.

We buy and provide basic/normal food and drinks for you. Bread, potatoes, rice, meat, juice, milk etc. Beer, Wine, coca cola etc you have to buy your selves. You share a kitchen with up to 3 other helpers. You cook and prepare your own meals. In order to avoid conflicts in your kitchen you need to be an all eater. We will be inviting you for a barbecue or dinner occasionally. Then we all help out with the cooking and the cleaning up.

The apartment has 2 bedrooms sleeps 4, kitchen with diner, bathroom and a living room. WiFi is available in the apartment. You clean and pick up after yourselves at all time so it is tidy. Then many potential conflicts can be avoided.
The day before you are leaving you have to clean the bedroom you are staying in, kitchen, dining area, bathroom and TV room.

How to get here
From Malaga: Bus to Granada bus station, then a bus to Cadiar
From Almeria: Bus to Cadiar
See, for buses or for sharing a car.
We have normally 3 buses per day to each direction, IE 3 to Cadiar and 3 to Granada. Same for the Almeria option.

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