We are not a Wwoofing Farm and have our own conditions described below.
Since when do you live in Spain?
Since October 2016 I live here together with my wife and my son. We had already been here in winter 2014 and decided to be part of the ecological neighborhood this winter.
What is the ecological neighborhood?
Together with our neighbors, we share the ambition to live as sustainably as possible and to meet our own needs with what we grow ourselves. We live further down in the valley, there is a small neighborhood center about 3 minutes walk from our outdoor kitchen and other neighbors around. Altogether we are 8 parties trying to live a sustainable alternative lifestyle.
How do you live on your land?
My wife, my son and I live in a small one-room house. Really, one room. When we leave our house we are directly surrounded by trees and it is about five meters to our outdoor kitchen. A little further away there is our shower and dry toilet.
What common activities are there in the neighborhood?
Depending on the season, desire and needs, there are different activities ranging from common work, workshops and music evenings.
What languages are spoken in the neighborhood?
In our neighborhood we speak mainly English and Spanish. But also German and French are very much represented.
Information about the Cherimoya land
What kind of work is there in the country?
The work on the land is diverse. There are tasks that are regular such as collecting cherimoyas, emptying waste buckets or removing blackberries. Other tasks are rarer but more time intensive such as Cherimoyas harvest or create a new irrigation, fertilize trees, etc.
Are you completely independent?
No, we aren’t. My wife and I are cultivating on the property next to Cherimoyas various vegetables and one-year fruits. This is not enough to provide us with food. But what is not, can still be. 🙂 We work to provide ourselves with vegetables all year round. Fruits, lentils, buckwheat and grains that meet our calorie requirements, we will continue to buy. In the winter months from October to March the Cherimoyas are in season. That is enough to meet our own needs and share the surplus with our visitors and neighbors. But it can also happen that the little Cherimoyas fall down (as after a harvest) and we hardly have any Cherimoya to eat.
The water we need for daily needs comes from a spring at the next village. It is passed over an overhead canal system and finds its way down over long hoses to us. We use a reverse osmosis system to filter the water and make it drinkable.
We have electricity via a small solar cell. This is enough to charge mobile phones and for light in the evening. We load laptops at our neighborhood center or in the city library.
What are you growing?
Beside the many cherimoy trees we have planted some bananas and papayas. These do not, however, give any fruit. In addition, there are some young trees which will produce the first fruits in a few years. Mulberry, mango, kaki, white sapote, medlar, guava, pecans. We also cultivate our own herbs, salads and vegetables. We grow our own barley and wheat grass to cover our demand for minerals with fresh green juices.
Will you provide my meals?
For 5€ per day we serve you with fresh fruits, veggies, lettuces, sprouts, nuts and seeds, rice, millet, buckwheat, lentils, oats, quinoa, etc. Sometimes we prepare meals together sometimes you need to prepare for your own. We try to grow us much of our veggies by ourselfs and buy most of the produce organic. It’s not always possible for us to get the things we want in organic quality.
What kind of shopping is nearby?
The nearest town is about 30 min walk. There are various supermarkets, older women selling from their apartment, small fruit and vegetables and every Tuesday a market. If necessary, you can borrow a bike from the neighborhood. 30 minutes by car to the east, there is a wholesaler where we buy fruits and vegetables every now and then.
What do you eat?
I live vegan since 2008 and since 2011 high carb high raw low fat vegan. I’m eating as much fresh fruit and vegetables as possible, but I’m not a dogmatic raw foodist. However, I am convinced that a raw vegan diet with many green leaves, green juices, green smoothies, sprouts and fruits is the best nutrition for me.
Is 100% raw food a “must”?
No, by no means. I wish our visitors the willingness to feed on our property 100% whole and vegan. On the neighboring property with which we are closely connected, only raw food is desired. I myself have lived several times over long periods of only raw food. I am aware that a 100% raw food needs some planning and preparation so that enough calories from carbohydrates (fruits or sprouts) are available. I am happy to help you strengthen the already existing motivation to feed exclusively from vital food and support you in the implementation. Animal products of any kind are absolutely undesirable, whether raw or cooked.
Contribution, accommodation and infrastructure
How can you contribute to the prosperity of the Cherimoya forest?
You can contribute in different ways. Either you work 4 hours a day (preserving the trees, rebuilding the soil, harvesting fruit, controlling weeds), your work 2 hours a day + 5 € contribution per day or you work 0 hours and contribute with 10 € per day.
How am I placed on the finca?
You can sleep in under the open sky, in a tent or in a cave. In addition, we are going to order straw bales for a simple straw hut. From October to May, I recommend a tent in case it’s raining.
Can I charge my mobile phone?
Yes, no problems during the day. If you want to load it at night please bring an external battery with which you load during the day.
Is there Wi-Fi?
So far, there is no Wi-Fi and every visitor provides themselves with Internet access via mobile data. With a Spanish prepaid for 14 € you get 4 GB for 30 days running time. There are also other solutions available. In the long term, we will create a way to enable broadband usage via LAN access.
Can I load my notebook?
This can be done during daytime with solarpower in the neighborhood center.
Is there a hot shower?
So far there is only the possibility to shower in the neighborhood center (1-2min walk) and also only on sunny days. The water is stored in a reservoir and is heated by solar heat.
Is there warm water?
Warm water from the pipeline does not exist. However, we have a water cooker and a gas cooker.
Can I come to you with children?
You can! The only thing we are concerned about is how you will contribute to our project. In the past we made the experience that single mothers / dads do not have the capacity to work two to three hours a day. As a couple it is at least possible for one of the partners to make a contribution in the form of work if the children are somewhat more independent. As described above, it is also possible to make a financial contribution.
Can I bring my dogs?
We are sorry, but dogs are not allowed.
Climate and location
How are the temperatures
In the cold months (November to March), the average daily temperatures are 18 ° in the shade and 13 ° in the night. There are also nights in which it can be cold up to 5 ° C (but they are very rare). In December and January you can still be in T-shirt and short pants quite often. In the hot months of April to October, the average daily temperature is 25 ° C and the temperatures in the night are similar as we live so close to the sea.
How many degrees does the sea have?
The sea is very fresh in the winter months. The temperature is 15 ° and below. Who normally cold showers can still a enjoy a swim.
How far is the stone beach?
You need around 5 min to get by walking to the closest beach. Other sand beaches are in 30-45 min walking distance.
How long does the journey from Malaga take to you?
The journey by bus from Malaga takes an hour. From the next town you need again about 30-45 min by foot or 5 min by bus. There is also the possibility that one of our neighbors will pick you up from the airport. But for the gasoline and its time we estimate 60 €.
How much does it cost to travel by bus or by taxi from Malaga?
The bus ride from the airport costs about 10 euros.
How do I find the way to you?
If you come to visit us, you will receive an e-mail with directions and GPS coordinates.