The Eco Valley
The Eco Valley is a rural finca comprising 15 hectares of olive, almond and fig trees set in a private valley environment. It is completely off-grid. There is no mains electricity and no mains water supply. Solar power is harnessed and stored throughout the year and the occasional rainwater is collected from every roof structure for washing and from the hills into a cisterna for watering the fruit trees.
The Eco Valley was an abandoned olive farm in 2009 and after 5 years of heavily pruning the trees and ploughing the land we harvested our first olives to produce the Valley’s very own liquid gold, organic olive oil. We harvest the trees annually every November to produce fresh olive oil, although the harvest is greater biannually. Olives are picked by hand without any mechanical means to protect the trees, the farm is completely organic and relies on the ancient terrace construction for natural irrigation.
With over 200 olive trees, which are now lightly pruned each winter, we have an abundance of fuel for heating in wood burning stoves. The ash bi-product is then stored for use on our wonderful waterless compost toilets. The ash speeds up the composting process as well as completely neutralising any odours. Outdoor solar showers built by volunteers offer an amazing view. A tipi shade structure is used for presentations, orienteering sessions and there are various accommodation options depending on the time of year. There is no light pollution here so the winter night skies are incredible!
Volunteer projects in the valley include: building renovation, gardening and improving soil, constructing waterless toilets, general farming, olive tree pruning, helping with art projects, preparing for music events, helping to organise artisan markets, supporting in the vegan kitchen, preserving and harvesting olives, and much more! We have had the privilege of being Workaway hosts for over 4 years, you can view our profile here. The workaway project is a wonderful opportunity for cultural, skill and language exchange, which has and will continue to progress works here in the Eco Valley with such energy and passion, we are so grateful to all our wonderful volunteers.
If you would like to visit the Eco Valley, volunteer as part of our workaway exchange or offer your skills to our project, please contact us. We would like to hear from you if you are interested in joining our first Eco Living Sculpture course, which we will host in 2019. Early expressions of interest would be most welcome.