Duration: 6+ months
About the learning opportunity
Specific techniques in horticulture are required to work the terrace system, irrigated by an irrigation channel that dates back to the Moorish era. The project currently cares for twelve gardens which produce a wide range of food crops such as tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, garlic, broad beans etc as well as herbs and fruit.
The role of the gardens are:
- To provide food for the project
- Education and research
- To improve environmental integration by maximizing the cycling of our waste materials.
Our gardens are run strictly according to organic principles. Careful soil management is especially important because of the type of soil (alkaline) and the effects of flood irrigation. Our soil is maintained using compost made on site and manures. No artificial chemicals are used, neither to increase fertility nor combat pests.
Working in the gardens is always popular with volunteers and it is therefore important to be able to work and communicate effectively with a wide range of people.
The gardens team consists of one coordinator (responsible for the overall planning and management of the gardens) and one or two assistants.
This position is a learning opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in the running of an established NGO, in working closely with different departments, and in off-grid, sustainable, community living. The assistant will work closely with the coordinator in the Gardens team to ensure the educational potential of her or his responsibilities and overall experience are fulfilled.
Please note, the successful applicant will work and occasionally guide volunteers in the gardens, and simultaneously learn from our current Gardens Coordinator. The period of appointment in this role is for 2-6 months.
The cost of the learning opportunity is 100€ / week. All food, accommodation, and amenities are provided (internet, soap, eco-detergent, etc.). Please get in contact with your university for financing opportunities.
Planning and production of vegetables and fruit
- Using a mixture of methods such as crop rotation, companion planting, intercropping
- planning sowing and transplanting times
- plant propagation
- preparing beds
- fruit tree care
- starting and maintaining compost heaps
- crop selection
- irrigation techniques
- managing humanure
- storing and using urine
- preparing liquid feeds from local plants
- using and developing organic methods for prevention and treatment of pests and diseases
- Good working knowledge of different horticultural practices based either upon academic study, practical experience, or a mixture of both
- Previous work experience with volunteers ideally in a support role
- Good communication skills
- A strong affinity with Sunseed’s vision and mission
- Ability and drive to do physical work in a wide variety of weather conditions including heat in summer, and rain/cold in winter
- Ability to self-organise and motivate others
- Good spoken English (and Spanish)
- Clean driving license if over 26 years of age
To apply for this role, please fill in the form: https://goo.gl/forms/oqNCVRmenX098v1W2