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Torre de Don Miguel
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2
Persons: 1 or couple
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 62736
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: September 2, 2017

we are a spanish german couple with a three year old son. In the beginning of 2016 we bought a piece of land around 2km outside of the village Torre de Don Miguel in the beautiful Sierra de Gata.
On our farm we have around 300 olive trees and a lot of fruit trees. Beside working with the olive trees for produce and sell our own olive oil we are changing a old construction into an ecologic living house by using clay, wood and other natural materials.

Furthermore our garden and the fruit trees, such as apples, pears, kakis, pomegranate, oranges, mandarines, limones, almonds, peaches and much more need a lot of attention.

Our main jobs are producing handcraft. So Amaranta design and sew clothes for babies and kids during I am using wood mainly from olive for create knifes, kitchen boards, lamps and sculptures.

We have electricity from our solar panels and water from our spring. We don't have a bathroom yet so we take the shower in the garden. Our Toilet is a dry toilet. We have three dogs and some chickens. We get fresh eggs from our chickens and milk and cheese from the goats of our friends and neighbors.
So our live is basic but very beautiful. Our kitchen is 90 percent vegetarian but we respect all kinds of live styles. We speak spanish, german, english and french. We offer you food. For sleep unfortunately we only have a tent with a very comfortable mattress. Alternatively we have enough space for your own caravan/van or a youth hostel in the village. Also we provide you one of our bicycles for come to the village or explore the beautiful area.
The Sierra de Gata is directly on the border to Portugal. The villages in the sierra are very beautiful and there are quiet a lot of different projects. So for people who are interested in different live forms it is a very nice area.
In exchange we need help for 5 hours a day/5 days a week. The kind of work depends mainly of the season.

So we need help in September for preparing the olive trees for harvesting and working with the clay. In October we are taking the olives and press the Oil. In the winter months we are working with the land by cutting the fruit trees and cleaning the land. We take out wild plants and planting oaks and other trees. Beside this, we need all the year help in the construction and the garden.

You should doing well with kids and be not afraid about dogs, chickens, insects and the living in the landscape. We are happy to show you the area and spend nice evenings outside by watching the incredible stars. We also like to have our family live and for this we are shurly not angry if you are independent and like to explore the sites by your self.

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