Esta semana en la finca: Jan

Sexta semana 20. 9. 2021 – 24. 9. 2021

Unos minutos después de la explosión de actividad volcánica.
Una mirada de cerca
Recolectar almendras

Qué hicimos?

Esta semana es especial porque comenzó una erupción en el cumpleaños de Kasia el 19 de septiembre. Tuvimos una reunión online con otros voluntarios de españa hasta el jueves. Mientras tanto en las pausas recogimos algunas almendras. El viernes tuvimos que reducir la población de pollos, así que maté con Numa 11 gallos.

Qué disfruté?

Disfruté de las erupciones. Una vez llegué a un dos kilometros cerca del centro del volcán.

Qué ha ido bien? Qué mejoré?

Desarrollé una herramienta especial que nos permitió bloquear el cuello del gallo. El cuello estaba muy bien sostenido pero todavía se necesitaba una persona para sostener el cuerpo del gallo. Esto puede ser peligroso para el asistente. El asistente se puede sustituir por un simple cinturón.

 

 

 

Qué fue difícil?

Lo difícil fue pasar los cuatro días frente a la computadora.

 

Qué aprendí? Qué haría diferente la próxima vez?

Tenía miedo de no poder matar a los gallos, pero exploré que en realidad soy competente para hacerlo. Me sorprendió lo suave que era.

 

Qué quiero mejorar?

Me gustaría mover el proceso de matanza para el invierno porque en invierno hay menos insectos.

 

Gratitude time

Quiero dar las gracias a Numa por enseñarme a destripar los gallos.

Short term European Solidarity Corps project on Finca Luna

August to September 2021 by Eliška

Who am I?

Hello, my name is Eliška and I came from the Czech Republic. Environmental sustainability is the overall goal of all my actions. I focus on projects addressing the causes of the climate and environmental crisis. During several years of studies and slow travel lifestyle, I have gained quite some knowledge and experience from the area of sustainability and the environment. I raise environmental, intercultural and social awareness and share information on a responsible approach to the environment. I disseminate information on and propose conceptual approaches in this area. Lectures on ecovillages, utilising non-formal education and volunteering are some of the tools I use.

Why did I came?

I decided to come to La Palma and join the Asociación Gaia Tasiri of the 8th Life Ecovillage La Palma project because it felt like the right opportunity to continue the shaping of my personality and professional skills. It is inspiring me and guiding me to make better choices and apply my skills where needed. Because my goal is to deploy my skills in such a way that I have the best possible impact in reshaping the relationship humans have with their natural habitat.

What I did during those 2 months?

  • I got to know the garden, the place, all the amazing plants and animals and humans and “how it goes aroundhere”. I started to feel at ease here.

  • Picking, collecting fruit, veggies (almonds, figs, tomatoes, plums, melon, peppers) and herbs (parsley, onion, mint). We took care about the garden – watering, pruning, fruit (pears, almonds, veggies) picking and processing (drying or freezing) fruits. Collecting dead or sick parts of plants (cactuses, tree branches). And many other small jobs around the garden. Also replanting and repairing the watering system took lots of time.
    • We did some planning and design and learning and preparation. Watering of the gardens become regular activity, understanding the difference between gardens and the “forestry” parts went well. Got the feeling the droplets watering is very low in some parts especially for growing vegetables. Chicken were trying to steal and eat a lot of the vegetable plants (their leaves). I replanted a squash and took care about the small plantation of Pak choi and Yukas. It is important to protect all the (small and green) plants from chicken now and maybe also the rats.
    • Almond campaign: collection by hitting the branches with a long light stick and using the huge nets. It helps greatly to collect big amounth.
  • We did some repairs of during gallofa: With logs of wood in width – they were covered with gasoline and linseed oil. And we glued them with a mix of: 2x bucket of soil, 2x bucket of clay, 1x bucket of sand and 1x bucket of straw. Supply straw as needed. Everything was trampled with water on a large plastic sheet by many foots while singing and having fun. This mixture was also used to form natural bricks – in a 3-brick form, which was always soaked with water, sprinkled with dark fine sand and filled with the mixture. And it was allowed to dry for 3 days in the shade in the outside air.
  • I gave a Sociocracy workshop and an Ecovillage presentation.

  • I started to think of the mapping project which can be a huge but very important and great part of my work here. I tested two different programmes but with big difficultes. Later I found that would be too great tack to manage within such a short time and lack of information / tools. So I started to work on a mapping project of Fortuna – with great help of Jan to messure all the spaces there.
  • We made Home-made soap: the cleaning one and the one for hands with many infusions and essencial oils.

  • During Gallofa at Dacil we cleaned half of the sheep house and moved it on a potato field and to the avocado orchard.

  • Basement cleaning, beehives moving, trash removing, hey collecting, hiding stuff against rain.

  • Hay collection on various terraces close to the baranco and bringing it into the shed in huge nets.

  • Common meals and a birthday party. Vulcano news and progress following and shooting.

 

What I wanted to improve at?

  • Accept the others and others ways more. To thrust the others to accept me as I am as well.

  • Permaculture knowledge, history and the story of the Finca Luna and the 8th Ecovillage.
  • History and the story of the Finca Luna and the 8th Ecovillage.

  • To experiment more with the home made soap and comsmetics in general.

  • I would ask more about the project we were visiting during the gallofa (supporting other projects). We did get many information on the work itself, but sometimes not regarding the people or the place and project itself. And I feel sorry now not to know anything about the place and who lives there, what are the topics, focuses and story of project, etc.

What I learned?

  • Understand the watering system and how to repare it. That to grow food is not that easy here. The water is indeed crucial here and now. For any plantation and production.
  • Detailed Permaculture principles. To be able to see them more in every aspect of the life.

  • The “close to natural” paint can look and work really well.

  • Amazing information connceted to community or local currencies. Heloisa is an amazing source of information. About her planned or ongoing projects. I gained a lot of inspiration from her.

  • We learned how to make the home made cleaning soap and hand soap – and also how to reuse the used kitchen oil which I liked a lot!

 

What went well?

  • We are very good in the communication and openness. And that we do not push ourselves or each other.

  • To get oriented in the edible forests and gardens and understand the watering system.

  • I did improve in taking care of myself, observing myself, hitch-hiking, wild-sleeping, Spanish.

  • Gardening showed good results, so we could be using some fruits and plants in our cooking and snacks (for example: lemonade out of our lemon and orange, mint tea, fig marmalade, spinach for lunch, etc.).
  • I did improve in taking care of myself, planning (my own free time) according to my needs.

  • Eco construction with a very effective and nice collective people.

  • Cooked great Czech meal for a community lunch.

What did I enjoy?

  • I really enjoy and appreciate the open and sincere communication.
  • I enjoy the knowledge sharing and planning and designing.

  • I enjoy the plants around me and all the beautiful nature. I enjoy taking care of plants and learning how they are able to grow here.

  • I enjoy to discover other people ways of thinking/working/living.

  • I enjoy to share my knowledge when it is wanted.

  • I enjoy taking care of plants and learning how they are able to grow here.

  • I enjoyed the board evening and the sharing circles a lot.

  • Taking photos and documenting.

  • I enjoy the boardgames

  • I enjoy to share my knowledge about the Czech ecovillage’s meeting and about the Universal Basic Income.

  • I enjoy to cook out of stuff which I did not buy or planned to have so it is a great challenge.

  • I enjoy that the cats are now here with us a lot.

  • Eco-construcion as it was a very new and potentially very useful knowledge.

  • I really enjoyed the rainbow and little bit of rain in September.

 

Gratitude time

  • I would like to thank to myself for allowing myself this experience.

  • To Numa for working on it so hard, to Kasia and Jan for being.

  • I would like to thank to the EU for this program.

  • I would like to thank for the spectacular nature, weather, stars, food and health.

  • I am so happy and grateful that vegan kitchen was easily possible and accepted well during the project.

  • And for the open and sincere communication of the whole experience.

Esta semana en la finca: Jan

Quinta semana 13. 9. 2021 – 17. 9. 2021.

Colección de heno
Colección de heno
Gallofa con Dacil

Qué hicimos?

El lunes y martes recogimos heno juntos. El miércoles fuimos a ayudar a Dacil a recolectar estiércol de oveja y por la tarde tuvimos un taller sobre cómo hacer jabón ecológico. El jueves empezó a llover así que guardé todas las herramientas debajo del refugio. Limpiamos la cueva debajo de la casa y almacenamos las colmenas allí. Por la tarde recogimos almendras. El viernes empezamos a recolectar almendras. 

Qué disfruté?

Disfruté gallofa con Dacil. Vimos su bonita finca con verduras bien cultivadas y por la noche nos invito a su restaurante.

Qué ha ido bien? Qué mejoré?

Podríamos mejorar la forma de recoger el heno. Es un poco difícil acceder al refugio de almacenamiento con una carretilla. La recolección de heno con carretilla podría acelerar el proceso.

 

 

 

Qué fue difícil?

Almacenando las colmenas. El sótano es muy bajo al principio, así que tuve que doblarme. Allí es necesario excavar la tierra para tener más espacio para acceder a la bodega.

 

 

 

Esta semana en la finca: Jan

Cuarta semana 6. 9. 2021 – 10. 9. 2021.

Escaleras hechas con llantas viejas.
El miércoles en la finca de Iris. La foto fue tomada por Kasia.

Qué hicimos?

Esta semana me eligieron para cuidar los árboles. Cada mañana los podaba y regaba. El lunes fuimos a comprar comida con Numa. Después limpié el piso sucio en Ambra. Por la tarde tuvimos un taller impartido por Eliška sobre sociocracia. El martes di la vuelta al compost y terminé de construir las escaleras junto al gallinero. El miércoles trabajamos en la finca de Iris. Nosotros estábamos construyendo una casa con el carpintero Olivier. Olivier nos enseñó a hacer ladrillos con arcilla, paja, tierra y arena. El jueves finalmente reparé la última ventana del Domo y limpié el árbol muerto. El viernes Ayudé a Eliška a medir la huerta de Fortuna. 

Qué disfruté?

Disfruté el tiempo con Olivier. Me enseñó mucho sobre la construcción con arcilla y nos divertimos mucho. 

Qué ha ido bien? Qué mejoré?

La mezcla de arcilla fue muy lenta. Lo mezclamos pisando la mezcla sobre un suelo plano. Mejoraría este método poniendo la mezcla en un agujero para que la mezcla no se salga del centro.

 

 

 

 

 

My learning process report: Crazy Kasia

What did I do this week?

My responsibilities were: Clean the chicken house, feed them, give a water.

Our team objectives were: Finish cleaning Ambra and interrior design.

My personal objectives were: Finish reparing two wooden windows and door from Domo with Jan.

I’ve worked on the following tasks and activities: I repainted the windows and the door. I made a new handle for the door. I cleaned Ambra and I was working on interior design.

 

 

What did I enjoy?

This week I enjoyed and have a lot of fun to go for gallofa to Finca Tortuga. I liked to build a Iris house with group of nice people there. I enjoyed working with wood in workshop.

 

What has been challenging?

Learning Pramculture principales. Find a maching scrues to the drill. Celaning the glass in windows from paint. 

 

 

What did I learn? What would I do different next time?

I’ve learned how to make a mud bricks, how to make a wall with wood, clay and stons. 

 

What do I want to improve next?

Make a floor in Domo from the ground.

 

Gratitude time

I’d like to thank Eliszka for a great meals, and Jan for helping with Domo:)

Esta semana en la finca: Jan

 

La pintura de Ambra
La construcción de escaleras
Compostaje activo

Qué hicimos?

La tercera semana 30. 8. 2021 – 3. 9. 2021

El primer día de la semana preparamos la pintura a base de harina, agua y cal. Usamos la pintura para pintar Ambra. El martes estaba restaurando la última ventana de domo y algunas herramientas. Empecé a pintar Ambra con Eliška. El miércoles reparo una pala y terminé con la pintura de Ambra. El jueves fui a comprar leche para la pintura en Domo y reparo la pico y dos martillos. El viernes después de dar de comer a las gallinas empiezo a reparar escaleras improvisadas. 

Qué disfruté?

Encontré muchos palos de madera elegibles, así que realmente disfruté la reparación de herramientas. 

Qué ha ido bien? Qué mejoré?

Pintar la primera capa en Ambra fuel difícil, pero las siguientes fueron bien. Tal vez deberíamos intentar usar herramientas diferentes.

 

 

Qué fue difícil?

Pintar la primera capa en Ambra. 

 

Qué aprendí? Qué haría diferente la próxima vez?

Usamos la misma pintura que usamos en Ambra para Domo pero no funcionó. Después de que la pintura se secó, comenzó a desprenderse. Para la pintura nueva mezclamos cal, agua y desnatada leche. También aprendí a usar neumáticos viejos para construir escaleras.

 

Qué quiero mejorar?

Quiero mejorar mi planificación del día para trabajar de manera más eficiente.

 

Esta semana en la finca: Jan

La finca de Susane
El sierra circular
La cueva
El compost
El gallinero

Qué hicimos?

Segunda semana 20. 8. 2021 – 27. 8. 2021

El viernes 20 de agosto limpié el gallinero, reparé la sierra circular y la bicicleta con Kasia. Recogí las frutas con Eliška y Numa en la finca de los vecinos. El lunes todos ayudamos a Susan en su finca. Nosotros preparamos un nuevo bancal y plantamos remolachas. El martes limpié el gallinero y organicé un taller sobre reparación de herramientas. El miércoles limpié el gallinero y comencé con el compostaje activo. El jueves procedí con el compostaje activo y limpié la cueva. El viernes estaba reparando una ventana del domo.

Qué disfruté?

Disfruté improvisando durante las reparaciones de las herramientas. Para los mangos de las herramientas tuvimos que buscar ramas. También disfruté del compostaje activo porque fue rápido y fácil. 

Qué ha ido bien? Qué mejoré?

La reparación de la herramienta fue inesperadamente bien. Nosotros tuvimos que improvisar mucho.

 

 

Qué fue difícil?

Hable español.

 

Qué aprendí? Qué haría diferente la próxima vez?

Aprendí mucho sobre el compostaje activo y realmente lo disfruté.

 

Qué quiero mejorar?

Mi español.

Gratitude time

Quiero dar las gracias a Numa por conocer a Susane. Es una persona muy agradable y está muy emocionada con lo que está haciendo. 

Weekly report: end of August 2021

What we are happy about this week:

  • We have built and repaired tools
  • We helped Susan prepare permanent cultivating beds and we planted about 400 beetroots
  • We made and activated a 2m3 compost pile
  • We studied and discussed about the basics of permaculture
  • We cleaned the cave full of plastic bags
  • We made natural painting tests
  • We collected tomatoes, melons, almonds and figues

Weekly report by areas

Gardens by Happy Kasia

Objectives

To water the gardens, take care of plants, soil and trees, harvest veggies and fruits, make sure the irrigation tubes are dropping well, mulch the beds.

Current situation

At the beginning of the week we’ve collected lots of tomatoes, but it seems that the plants are drying out. It’s been 2 months tomatoes are producing.

Flora: 1 lettuce, lots of tageates, 15 new pack choi, about 20 tomatoe plants, many beds went wild since several months.

We transplanted some peppers from Vesta to Flora, collected tomatoes.

Fortuna: Tomatoes are lying on the ground, around 10 pepper plants with fruits growing, peramelons are growing well and some have been harvested. The pear tree leaves have dried out because of the heat wave and the tree is naked now.

Eliska collected many almonds from the ground in Fortuna.

Week evaluation

I was in charge of the gardens this week but I lacked knowledge about how to take care of them.

How can we improve next weeks?

We need more knowledge about what to do with other plants than tomatoes, how to take care of them.

Recomendations for the next care taker:

Observe and ask if you don’t know what to do.

Edible Forests by Sharp Eliska

Objectives: to water the areas, take care of plants and trees, harvest fruits, make sure the irrigation tubes are dropping well, mulch the trees.

Current situation

Trees are loosing leaves because of the heat and drought. I feel like giving more water. I’m afraid some might be dying.

I’ve been doubting that all tubes would be dropping. Every week I found several holes to repair or leaking places. I’m not sure if the leaks should be repaired or if they are watering the tree in purpose. It is good to have help to repair the tubes.

They are many dried branches to take away so other plants have more space. I’ve pruned some of them here and ther. I used to refill the bowls and pots with water all around so chicken and rats would have water.

There is a high production of figues and almonds.

Week evaluation

I still need to ask Numa every morning which of the sub-key is the deep water one.

How can we improve next weeks?

We could improve the information on the watering guide sheet to make it clearer which keys are deep or superficial and about timing.

We would need to improve the sharpness and flexibility of the secators.

Recomendation for the next care taker:

When you go open the irrigation, take gloves, secators and a saw with you. Also make sure to put the timer on.

Chickens by Jan Machine

Objectives: to feed them every morning, clean and refill water stations, deep cleaning at least once a week, observe their health.

Current situation

We have 40 chickens and roosters ranging freely in the finca. They have a chicken coop with nets, sticks, drinking stations and food available. They are barely lying any eggs, or if they do we need to find where.

Week evaluation

I’d like to count them and know them better. I wonder if we could train them to make the eggs in the nets.

Chickens have all recovered from the viruela virus.

We’ve been feeding them with ecological food in the mornings since 3 weeks.

We should leave the homeopathy pills near the chicken coop so not to forget to put it in the water.

I left a metal piece to clean with more ease.

We should find a way to store the hay close to the chicken coop. Also we should improve the quality of hay (size of it).

There are lots of stones in the ground so we should choose a place to collect them when we clean the chicken beds.

I filled the rat holes with stones a few days ago and it seems there has been no movement.

Chickens are using the sand bath often, which is good. We could add ashes to it against possible parasites.

Recomendation for the next care taker:

Wear a mask when cleaning the chicken house.

Composting by Magic Team

Objectives: prepare rich and stabilized compost piles to be used in gardens and edible forest.

This week

We prepared our first compost pile combining two existing piles that were lying there for one year or more. The mix is composed of human manure, saw dust, dead animals, dry plants, dry pine leaves.

We make holes with a metal bar to let the oxygen get in the middle of the pile and we watered the pile very well.

Day 1: outside temperature: 25 degrees; pile temprature at sunset: 30 degrees

Day 2: pile was turned upside down and inside out. Temperature went down before rising again.

Day 3: Temperature: 40 degrees in the middle, 30-35 degrees on the sides. Pile was slightly reshaped as a bowl and watered on the outside part. The original plan was to turn the pile every day in the first week but we decided to let the temperature rise more before turning it again.

Next steps

We will turn the pile in the next days according its temperature. We should check temperature, humidity and oxigenation every day. We will make holes with the metal tube into the pile the days we don’t turn it over.

Next week or later we’ll start with another pile of compost somwhere else in the finca.

Eco-construction by Crazy Kasia

Objectives: to repair and improve existing infrastructure and to build new elements

Week evaluation

Domo by Kasia

We applied 2 layers of lime and milk paint. The lime would remain on fingers and clothes when touching the wall, so Numa recommended to apply another layer of paint with a cooked weat mix inside to make it stickier. But that layer cracked and we had to take it out.

We made a test of that last layer on earthen wall and it sticked well. So we think that the wheat paint is not compatible with the milky layer.

Finally we decided to go back to the safe but not ideal option of painting again with the milky paint.

Kasia is mad a Numa for making her do experiments when he had already a paint mix that was working well.

When finish painting, next step will be to make the ground.

Ambra room by Kasia

I had removed all the falling apart paint from last winter humidity scratching the wall. This week I prepared the room for painting and made a test with the wheaty lime paint. Result is good, next step is to paint the whole room with rolls.

Esta semana en la finca: Jan

Mi primera semana 11. – 19. 8. 2021. 

  • 11. 8. – Presentación de la finca luna, afilar machetes con la amoladora, recogiendo ramas viejas de cactus
  • 12. 8. – “El juego” – tomar fotografías de las llaves de ague principales, recogiendo ramas viejas de cactus
  • 13. 8. – Limpieza del gallinero, restauración de puertas y dos ventanas del “Domo”
  • 16. 8. – Fiesta nacional
  • 17. 8. – Recogiendo muestras de suelo de cada parte de la finca
  • 18. 8. – Limpieza del gallinero, limpieza del taller
  • 19. 8. – Limpieza del árbol viejo claro, reparación de la mesa de alfarería, reparación de la bicicleta

Qué disfruté?

Me gusta afilar las herramientas. 

 

 

Qué fue difícil?

Para decidir qué cocinar para el almuerzo.

 

Qué aprendí? Qué haría diferente la próxima vez?

I learned about the watering system and when is the best time to water.

 

Qué quiero mejorar?

Español

Gratitude time

Quiero dar las gracias a compartiendo su conocimiento sobre la permacultura.