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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: November 14, 2019

HELP HELP we need helpers ASAP for picking of almonds....please



and you need to stay for two weeks you can stay longer 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:

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

April-May
- 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.

Food
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.

Accommodation
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 https://www.rome2rio.com, http://alsa.es for buses or http://blablacar.com 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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Helper: Jan Matousek Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Czech Republic Date: November 1, 2019
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From: United Kingdom Date: October 11, 2019
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From: Denmark Date: December 11, 2017
I came at the almond season to help pick up the stragglers, but due to bad we... view complete review

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From: Latvia Date: October 14, 2017
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From: China Date: October 3, 2017
This is my first time to be a helper here and i met a such great host!! Kris... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: September 13, 2017
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From: Germany Date: August 16, 2017
I only stayes two weeks but during that time I felt very welcome. From the be... view complete review

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From: Latvia Date: August 12, 2017
I was two months with Maja and Kristian. They are very good and kind people. ... view complete review

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From: Philippines Date: July 10, 2017
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From: Germany Date: July 9, 2017
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From: United States Date: June 7, 2017
Staying on Kristian and Maja's farm was a wonderful experience. It is locate... view complete review

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My two and half weeks staying with Maja and Kristian were one of most wonderf... view complete review

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From: Germany Date: February 8, 2017
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From: Czech Republic Date: January 16, 2017
Staying one month with Maja and Kristian was yet another experience to rememb... view complete review

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From: Germany Date: January 13, 2017
Maja and Kristian are very good hosts and for us it was a pleasure to share m... view complete review

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From: Austria Date: December 14, 2016
I had a very nice time at kristian and majas place. Ive been there for two w... view complete review

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From: Hungary Date: October 17, 2016
The three month what I spent on Maja Christian farms,was fantastic. They give... view complete review

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Maya and Kristian's place is wonderfull. We were living in our own house, clo... view complete review

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From: Singapore Date: September 14, 2016
Maja and Kristian are the sweetest people! They're incredibly warm and welcom... view complete review

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From: Poland Date: August 30, 2016
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From: Russia Date: August 18, 2016
We stayed at Maja and Christian place from 18th July to 30th July. It was our... view complete review

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From: Germany Date: August 11, 2016
We (friends) stayed 10 days with Kristian and Maya in May and we enjoyed ever... view complete review

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I went to Maja and Kristian place for 2 weeks in June: it was my first experi... view complete review

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From: France Date: June 25, 2016
I stayed about 10 days to Maja and Kristian's place and I had a really sweet ... view complete review

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From: United States Date: February 10, 2016
My husband Josh and I stayed with Maja and Christian and it was perfect for o... view complete review

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From: Korea, South Date: January 28, 2016
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From: Latvia Date: January 23, 2016
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We stayed with Kristian and Maja for 2 weeks and had a wonderful time! We wer... view complete review

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From: Ireland Date: February 5, 2010
I was lucky to have the privilege of staying with Kristian and Maja from the ... view complete review

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From: Ireland Date: December 29, 2009
This was a great Helpx experience in the mountains of the Alpujarras. Kristai... view complete review

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I stayed with Maja and Kristian for 2 1/2 weeks and had a wonderful time! Th... view complete review

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From: Canada Date: November 3, 2009
mai and kristian were everything and more that I could have wanted out of hos... view complete review

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From: Australia Date: September 21, 2009
Weve just finished our one week stay with Kristian and Maja in the spectacul... view complete review

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From: United States Date: September 9, 2009
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