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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 4
Persons: 6
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 6218
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: May 27, 2012


We are a little community, right now its members are the volunteers, David, Sean and Adria. We are living in a farm where we grow our organic products. We are designing the farm for the future using permaculture, natural farming, seed saving and water harvesting technics. We are trying to build a sustainable system without farm animals on our property which is an interesting challenge. We hope to include education for kids in our project in the future.

We are still developing our permaculture plan and are interested in including more bioconstruction, Grey water purification systems, Straw bale houses and everything that is sustainable and environmental-friendly.

Developing our community and land using Permaculture techniques and principles is very important to us. If you come and stay with us you will be involved in this exciting time. We already made a number of different garden spaces, a herb spiral, built 2 cob ovens, a green roof, a firewood shed and a sawdust compost toilet. At Milmanda we make our own compost (using japanese hot composting methods), grow all our plants from seed and attempt to grow food all year round both for our own use and to supply some local consumers.

There is still a lot to design and to put into practice such as increasing our vegetable production, extending the orchard (maybe evolving the existing one to a forest garden), creating a soft-fruit area, increasing our water storage, building a hydraulic ram, improving the soil, reducing erosion, rainwater collection systems and encouraging biodiversity on our farm to make a more balanced ecosystem.

The project has been going since September 2009 and we have had many excellent volunteers come and stay with us. The project could not have got this far without them and we hope to have many more in the future. Sharing our knowledge about permaculture, bioconstruction and organics is really important to us and we like to receive volunteers because of this. You can learn a lot here, particularly if you stay for a longer amount of time. Since the beginning of the community there have been different long term members. Right now we focus in long term stays, so the minimum stay is for two months.

We have two dogs, Tori and Beta and three cats. We also have several thousand bees on the farm. :) We are very happy about the fact that the house that we live in has electricity powered by solar panels. We do have enough power for lights, charging mobile phones and laptops and all the basic electricity needs. The water from our shower heats up from the energy of the sun as well :)

We like to think of the farm as a place where we are very connected to nature and can lead a relaxed lifestyle. But please remember that this is not a holiday resort and we all need to work on the land to keep the community going. Our volunteers are expected to work 5 hours a day, 5 days a week with two days off at the weekend. We all share the day to day running of the house cooking and eating together and everyone helping to keep the house clean.

If you have any questions please ask when you get in touch.

We hope to meet you soon.

The Milmanda Comunity.

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