Felix drinking out of a hosepipe in the gardenNow Ruth and Rory have a young son! He's called Felix, and here he is, aged two years old, picking calendula flowers..

Felix greatly enjoys life at the farm. He loves exploring (he's getting heavy on these hills!), splashes about in the stream, eats sweet juicy plums and pears, and helps with watering the garden. When he's tired, he can sleep under the orange trees or the grape vine.

Now that he's agile on his feet, he's working on jumping, climbing, challenging himself trying to get to all the difficult places, so we have to be on our toes keeping him out of mischief!

He talks more and more, in both English and Spanish; he's stringing more sentences together and adding names of plants and animals to his vocabulary (like foxglove, nettle, bramble and jara (a local sticky aromatic shrub). He likes to order everyone around a lot, which calls for a vast reserve of diplomacy and patience so that things run smoothly. He enjoys the company of the volunteers, and I suspect he would find it terribly boring to live in a household of just two parents and himself!

This year started out well with plenty of spring rain, though it set the summer gardens back several weeks as the spring was so cool. By now we have the summer gardens well established, and it looks as though it will be a good year for pumpkins and squashes, though not so spectacular for tomatoes, peppers and aubergines. We've had moles digging around under our pepper plants which hasn't helped. The stream terraces are as productive as ever, with tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn, squash and climbing beans. These terraces are a real valuable addition to our garden space. The stream that border them has become a favourite siesta area with the volunteers, and Felix loves paddling up and down the stream, throwing stones into the pools, and climbing over rocks.

We have two additions to the farm livestock: a dog called Gaspar and goat called Habibi. Gaspar found us in the village during the twelfth night celebration (La Noche de los Reyes), and so we brought him home as no-one wanted the small, sleepy, abandoned puppy. He's grown into a large dog, very tolerant and forgiving of Felix's games, and with any luck once Gaspar's older and more responsible he'll look after Felix around the place.

Habibi is a six-month old kid goat, who was brought up as a bottle-fed orphan by one of the neighbours. He gave her to Felix, but of course it's Ruth that looks after her. She is very endearing and generally gets forgiven her occasional crimes. However, there's no doubt that a goat in a permaculture farm needs careful management! She spends her days tethered in strategic positions between fruit trees, and does help to keep the place clean - but it's not true that goats eat everything! In fact she prefers leaves off fruit trees and grape vines, and most of the wild undergrowth plants come very low on her list of preferred food.


We often need a strong enthusiast to help with alternative building projects. This is an opportunity to learn about all the steps involved in renovating traditional houses. The work includes helping with all the stages in the building process (depending on the job to hand), from: the preparation and extraction of cut timber, wall-building, traditional roofing, internal carpentry and tiling.

This summer we have been completely renovating our village house in Genalguacil, and will be finishing the work in the next few months. We are also working on our long-running house project on the farm - this is now at the stage of internal carpentry and flooring.

You need to be physically quite strong, good with your hands, and mentally flexible! The right person will have the chance of earning a small wage on top of the apprenticeship.

Contact us and tell us about yourself and any experience you have, why you are interested in the work, and why you think you are suitable.
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