All Year: Some of the year
Area (ha): 3
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 9528
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Last Updated: March 21, 2018
We need volunteers between these dates:
2nd April 2018 - 10th Jun 2018
Mon 2nd Jul 2018 - Sat 21th Jul 2018
Mon 30th Jul 2018 - Sat 25th Aug 2018
Mon 10th Sep 2018 - Sat 6th Oct 2018
Wed 28th Nov 2018 - Thu 20th Dec 2018
The dates are arrival and leaving dates.
We are an English couple who have lived in Spain for over 25 years. We are in our 50's. Our business is on-line so we can work anywhere as long as we have an internet connection. We spend our time between Granada, the coast and our cortijo in the mountains. We are mainly interested in some help up in the mountain farm. We have 30 000 m2 with about 100 olives, 100 almonds almost all the fruit trees you can think of, a vegetable plot, about 5 springs, solar powered electricity, solar water heating. 10 X 5m swimming pool. It is 1200 metres high, The nearest village is 6km up a non asphalt road. We don't have any children but have a dog "Shep"and a cat "Meg".
We have hosted volunteers for the last 5 years. We welcome hardworking people, who like being in a beautiful remote mountain setting. It is especially important that you are a pleasant sociable person with a good sense of humour who likes good conversation and can appreciate eating good healthy food.
The most important thing is that you like gardening and working outside.
Here are some examples of the work. Skim the dead insects off the swimming pool, sweep up the terraces, weed the flowerbed, weed the vegetable plot, plant out lettuces, go with me to collect mulch on the tractor, plant trees and bushes, repair the irrigation system, pick peaches and other fruit, staple paper bags around the apples to stop the birds eating them, paint a wall, varnish a door, clean out the barbecue, cut the grass on the lawn, pick walnuts, crack almonds and walnuts for the muesli. Pick broad beans. Plant seeds. Help with fencing. Let the chickens out. Shut the chickens up. Collect horse manure. Milk goats. Teach us something we don't know.
Sometimes during the week we go and work in a house on the edge of Granada doing painting and gardening work.
There are 2 self-contained independent apartments for the volunteers and we shuffle the people around to get the best combination.
For breakfast we normally eat our delicious healthy muesli which has our own nuts in. For midday meal we try to eat stuff that we have grown ourselves with either fish or meat. In the evenings in the summer we have gazpacho or other ways of eating the abundance of really nice tomatoes, pepper, aubergines etc that we grow. We often cook outside on the barbecue. We have a wood oven for pizzas, bread and roasting etc. We eat mostly vegetarian food but we are not strict vegetarians. If you have special dietary requirements you must tell us when you contact us. We don't take vegans or people who don't eat eggs.
What else ...
The cortijo is 6km from the nearest sleepy village which has a population of about 1000. We have a good 3 mega per second internet connection. Wifi is available in the main lounge and in outside areas but not everywhere. You can use skype.
As the electricity system is solar you have to be careful to switch off lights and not waste electricity. We have 2 mountain bicycles. There are lots of interesting walks all around the mountains. It would be very unsuitable for a city person who hates the countryside.
Andalucia is very hot in August, as we are 1200 metres high it is much more pleasant than lower down.
What you can do on your days off: As most of the helpers don't have their own transport we have often taken everyone out on excursions. In the past we have taken people down to the beach and a few times we have let everyone stay in a house we have in Granada. There is a lake about 6km way which is good for swimming, we often take everyone down there on Sundays.
It is is necessary that you like eating vegetables. We don't take people who don't like tomatoes, who can't eat perfectly good things just because of the texture or fussy eaters in general.
Almost everyone who comes here leaves more healthy, more relaxed, fitter and happier than when they arrived.