About the local hosting organizationHuerto de la Cora is an associtaion to promote the implementation of Agroecology. Probably you are asking yourself what exactly Agroecology stands for? We can say it is a science, not an ideology, for the development of agriculture in harmony with the ecosistems and the social and culture heritage. It is a kind of mixture of agrology, environment and antropology but we must state that to develope it in the scientific method is the only tool used, and it is the consecuence of reasearches and investigations done by professors at universities. The opposite to Huerto de la Cora is Monsantos policy with modified genetic seeds. These seeds represent the inadecuate way to develope agriculture not taking into consideration the environment, culture and food sovereignty. Basicly Huerto de la Cora tries to recover the local seeds for vegetables, which represent an inmense world heritage created during centuries and centuries of the humankind, investigates the plants produced and distributes the seeds in a free open way among people interested in self gardening and food sovereign. They use the method of the arabic gardens in the islamic Spain of the century VII to XIV when theis culture managed to introduce so many vegetables in Europe coming from Asia (all sorts of garlic, onions, leaks, paprika, lettuce, carrot etc. Just think that the only original vegetable of Europe is cabbage. The rest is imported ). This arabic garden is called Garden of La Cora or Huerto de la Cora. Huerto de la Cora is conected to the University Pablo Olavide of Sevillla. http://www.esenciatv.es/video.php?id=245
About the volunteer workVolunteers will help to construct different parts of Huerto del Mundo; moving stones, sand and cenment. That means constructing and also planting. It means hard work, and devotion for the work been done. The idea is gathering volunteers that like constructing or that like agriculture but basicly volunteers motivated about the horrible consecuences of a policy which can lead us to a lost of food sovereignety. Therefore work will be very hard, but at the same time very meaningful.
Local accommodationThe accommodation will be at school. The living conditions are basic, so volunteers should bring a sleeping bag. Mat should be available in the centre but please check in advance. The centre is equipped with showers and WC. Volunteers are asked to cook for themselves but it may occur that a cook will cook for them.
About the project locationJódar is a small village located close to Jaen. The main economical activity is agriculture and it is located surrounded by the Natural Park of Sierra Magina which is a natural area with high quality lansdcape, pure and neraly virgin. Volunteers will have excellent possibilities to visit Cordoba/Granada or Seville and othe spots like Jaén (Arabic baths and cathedral), Ubeda and Baeza. There is also a chance of doing hiking route through the Serrezuela and the Sierra Magina and even to have a parapente experience in Pegalajar.
RequirementsMotivation, interest in ecology and agriculture. Activists are more than welcome. You may be asked for a Skype-Interview. Take into consideration the following features: - participants are really asked to try their best if they speak Spanish to communicate with the locals. Creating a good atmosphere will be the key for workcamps in future. - volunteers are asked to take iniciative, to “create” the workcamp, to leave a memory in Jodar so that nobody will not forget the project. - it will be hot in the day and in the night. The lanscape of Jodar is dry, be prepared for 40º Celsius temperature or more. Nevertheless it will be possible to use the town's swimming pool for free.
Extra info about the projectHard work!