Volunteering at AL QUINTA FOREST GARDEN is a chance to experience a totally different lifestye. A constantly changing, family community. A chance to live in the moment. A challenge to create something completely new & yet maintain & sustain something timeless.
Please be aware this is not a conventional farm. This is about a sustainable lifestyle.
Note - As all water is recycled all washing & toiletry products you wish to use here must be 100% biodegradable!
THE MARKET & ANIMALS
AL QUINTA FOREST GARDEN sells second hand books at the local markets. We need your help in setting up and down the market.
Our rescued animals (cats, dogs, pig, donkeys) are a big part of life at AL QUINTA FOREST GARDEN and we need your help in keeping them well fed healthy and happy. The donkeys need to be fed and their enclosure cleaned daily and electric fences moved frequently so they have access to fresh grazing.
THE GARDEN & FOREST
Currently we have approx 250 young olive trees, not yet in
commercial production. They are planted along 'forest garden' basic
permaculture principles. The plan is to clear more forest to the point
that young olives can be interplanted with the existing native trees -
evergreen oaks, cork oaks, strawberry trees & sweet chestnuts. As
in a natural forest the young trees will grow within the shelter of the
larger trees, which will protect them from the wind & weather
extremes and provide a certain amount of moisture during the hot, dry summers, as they will have tap roots reaching into the water table.
Eventually, as the young trees grow, the older trees will be taken out
& replaced with leguminous trees, such as carob, which will add
nitrogen to the soil. Our aim is to create a sustainable ecosystem as
well as produce olive oil!
For our own use we also have a large vegetable garden, fruit trees & vines. We grow a large variety of Mediterannean plants - using traditional methods & experimenting with new ideas. We use the produce to make jams, pickles & preserves - and also to eat!