All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 5
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 81288
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Last Updated: March 26, 2019
The finca is situated at Cerro Negro, approx. 5km from Orgiva, in the Alpujarra Mountains in Southern Spain, an area where the locals are mixed with people from many countries of whom many have come to settle for a sustainable lifestyle. The mountains are dotted with small, white villages and many farms, where a great variety of crops are cultivated on the stone supported terraced slopes, originally created by the moors. The geographic settings, with Sierra Nevada to the north and Sierra de Lujar and La Traviesa in South provides a special micro-climate. There is still plenty of water for irrigation. It's a very popular region for visitors of all kinds and nationalities, and there are many backpackers and volunteers. The old mule paths provide a lot of possibilities for walks.
The land was purchased in 2000 as a ruin, the land in a mess, - totally dry, only olive trees, weeds and shrubs had survived. It had been abandoned for more that 10 years. Now the main house is reformed. The last part of the ruin, which will be my small place, is about ready for moving in.Only Some painting (treatment of wooden surfaces with resin-based protection) and some white-washing, in- and outdoors is left to do there. Right now (March/April 2019) work is being done on the terraces, an outdoor stage is planned + two herb gardens around the house. The whole property is run by solar: electricity, hot water and also the heating except 2 wood burning stoves which serve as back-up systems. The land: Five hectars with a small wood of pine trees and many small fruit trees. Around a hundred olive trees. A big vegetable garden, all organic. Big water tank. Automatic drip feed system.
I'm Danish, female, middle-aged and a bit more, teacher of profession, with music, English and Danish language as main subjects. I worked 13 years with younger children and teenagers in Denmark. In 1992 I moved to Costa del Sol in Spain and formed part of a company dealing with heating, cooling and solar energy. Write and speak Spanish fluently and like to teach it as well, when time allows. Apart from Danish and English I also speak German. Spain is a challenge for many foreigners. Through my former work, providing "comfort and energy saving" on the Coast I have dealt with many ex-pats with fine properties but with very little knowledge of Spain and Spaniards. Up here, in The Alpujarra Mountains, a new door opens to Real Spain. With my long experience in this country and my interest in language, literature and history I think, that I'm a sort of bridge-builder between cultures and nationalities. Other things: I have been practicing yoga for many years. I love singing, reading. And to walk in the mountains. The local surroundings are ideal for that.
What the place and the area can offer you
Transport and communication facilities:
Pick-up in Orgiva on arrival.
Walking to Orgiva is downhill. Takes approx. 1 hours and 15 minutes. Very kind and helpful neighbours. When walking down to Orgiva you can often get a lift.
From Orgiva to Cerro Negro you can take a bus up towards Pampaneira, get off before that, and walk downwards (!) to the finca. (approx. 20-25 min)
Wi-Fi will be connected in a certain time slot every day, and mobile phones can be charged.
Solar energy and sustainable construction
Spanish culture and history.
Lots of music events in the area, (organized or spotaneous), theatre, dance camps. exhibitions, excursions, open gardens etc. etc. Via "Alpujarrahoy" many of the events are announced.
Exchange of language/culture via other volunteers at Cerro Negro.
The Thursday-market in Orgiva offers connection with all sorts of people
Singing and playing together here at the finca for those who are interested.
Volunteers can join in for a yoga session before breakfast
You can practice your Spanish, or pick up the basics during you stay (or your English!)
The main house, with outdoor, roofed terrace, big salon with a wood burning stove, bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom.
A caravan and a camper.
Tents, when the weather allows.
Matrasses, eiderdowns, sheets etc. are available.
Breakfast: Either together or individually, according to your preference.
We make a break for a snack and a rest mid-morning.
A hot meal (mainly vegetarian, meat/fish only occasionally) is provided at midday
Rest of meals are for each person to prepare. Food will be provided.
Some old clothes are available (overalls, shirts, t-shirts, sweaters, no footwear) can be borrowed during the stay
5 and a half hours per day, 5 days a week.
Duration of stay: minimum 1 week.
I have had many long-term volunteers during 2018, groups, couples and individuals from 13 different countries.
There are many, and very different tasks pendant:
Preparing the soil, removing stones, weeding, sowing and planting in the vegetable garden
Preparing the soil in two smaller herb gardens, sowing and planting
Removing bigger weeds in the clover fields
Clearing around the fruit trees, and molching with manure, shredded olive branches, cardboard etc
Firewood: cutting, moving, piling.
Rendering with cal and finely sifted sand, for maintenance and on new walls.
Whitewashing in- and outside
Wood-treatment of beams, windows, doors and loftbeds with wood protection (resin-based), both in new constructions and as maintenance.
Cooking and washing the dishes
All task will of course be chosen/adapted according to the amount of helpers available at any time and of their capabilities.
If you are interested, please get in touch with a short description of yourself, your work experience (if any) and your expectations.
Planning is essential, for all of us, so I make an effort to answer within 24 hours