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Area (ha): 9
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 24899
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: December 22, 2018

Restoring organic olive farm that was destroyed by forest fire in 2012. Situated in the mountains 40 minutes by foot, 20 minutes by car, above Lanjaron, the Gateway to the Alpujarras, near Granada, Southern Spain. Part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, beautiful scenery, a great place for walking, bird spotting, nearby horse trekking centre, good mix of rural Spanish village communities alongside many people of various nationalities and backgrounds. The main languages spoken by ourselves and in the local area are Spanish and English. Good local bus service to Orgiva and the mountain villages of the Alpujarras and the city of Granada or the coastal town of Motril.
We are asking either 26/28 hours work per week spread over 4 to 5 days in exchange for accommodation, breakfast, dinner and evening meal. The meals are vegetarian, but can do vegan also.
Or 13- 14 hours work per week spread over 2 to 3 days in exchange for accommodation only, you provide all of your own meals.

Accommodation is a quite basic but comfortable casita on the farm, it is a separate building to our own. It has two bedrooms plus kitchen/ sitting room facilities, with an eco friendly showeroom, washroom, toilet close by. Single people may at times have to share the bedroom with another single volunteer. There is limited electricity and internet access on the farm, volunteers can use the internet connection for emergencies or very short periods only, most people choose to use one of the many WIFI spots in the village at local bars and cafes.
There is a small market in Lanjaron every Friday and the nearby village of Orgiva has a good market every Thursday.
Volunteers need to be ok with their own company in the evenings as we ourselves are often working late, but there is ample time to get to know each other during the days.

The work involves clearing land, weeding, sything grass/ brambles etc, composting, making fences, sometimes helping out with any current building projects, gardening, pruning, collecting rocks and logs, digging channels, brushing horses, anything that we need a hand with. Occasionally decorating, varnishing etc.
We usually work on a few projects together, sometimes alone.
Because of the altitude and the nature of the work involved, which often involves either digging, carrying heavy buckets, lifting and bending, kneeling, etc etc, workers need to be fairly fit and healthy. We cannot take people with back problems or other kinds of physical health issues. Exceptions can be made for those who want to do the shorter week of 12/ 13 hours work per week if we have some light physical work available at that time.

Workers need to bring their own work gloves, strong footwear,and drinking wáter flask/ bottle. A sun hat is a good idea and sun cream and insect repellent. Also when staying on the farm you will need a head torch and batteries.

Opportunity to learn Tai Chi, Chi Kung and meditation, I teach classes locally and volunteers often join in with training sessions on the farm, or exchange an extra bit of work to attend classes with me if wanted or receive treatments in Chinese massage or Healing.
My son of 30 also lives and works here, he is an accomplished builder using traditional and modern methods, loves electronic music and also sometimes works as part of a team of caterers at Spanish music festivals. We have dogs , cats and horses, and try to live as sustainably as possible.

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