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Hello and happy winter time!   (en castellano abajo!)
It’s been a long break since the last newsletter but if you are on Facebook and Instagram there are more regular updates there. The site is closed for winter right now, and although we will go and harvest olives over xmas time, the main winter jobs are planning next year and working on the long-term design. (The recent cold spell has slowed the ripening of the olives! we expected to harvest a week ago!)
For the permaculture designers among you here’s a post about a little project planting trees from seed, and here’s a Spot the Difference game for you to play, I kept improving the environment for the upcoming seedlings!! (see more on the blog post!!)
Our next Living Permaculture Course is 7 – 14 April 2018, our facilitator is Gerald Jide and the projects are : creating water efficient vegetable gardens for food production in 2018, and regenerative agriculture. Later in the year 9 – 23 June we have Marc Haetjens and Alessandro with us to build a new roof and create a warka water type system for collecting condensation. And we’ll be adding more to the calendar in the next couple of months!
Below is a summary of the year, there’s more detail on the Annual Report page, and if you are interested in buying in to Boodaville and becoming part of our future community here then please let me know!
Abrazos and take time to enjoy the gifts of nature this holiday season 🙂
 
Anna
Hola y feliz invierno,
 
Ha pasado mucho tiempo desde el último boletín pero en Facebook y Instagram encontrarás actualizaciones mas regulares. El sitio de Boodaville está cerrado para el invierno, y ahora solo queda el trabajo de cosechar la oliva y el trabajo de invierno de planear el año que viene y realizar el diseño de largo plazo. 
 
El próximo curso de Viviendo la Permacultura se realizará el 7 – 14 de abril 2018. El facilitador es Gerald Jide y vamos a crear huertos que gastan poca agua, y hacer trabajo de agricultura regenerativa. Más tarde de 9 – 23 Junio tenemos a Marc Haetjens y Alessandro Ardovini para reformar el tejado y crear un sistema tipo warka water para captar agua de la condensación. Vamos a añadir más eventos durante estos meses!
 
Abajo es un resumen del año, hay más detalle en la página del informe anual, y si tienes interés en formar parte de la futura comunidad de Boodaville dime y te pasaré información!
 
Abrazos y disfrutar los regalos de la naturaleza durante las fiestas 🙂
 
Anna

Annual Report 2017

FULL REPORT HERE (versión en castellano)

14th November 2017

OJ died, and from there we had to move forward. He died in February, the day after our crowdfunding event in Barcelona, right in the middle of the campaign. To find a way forward after this tragedy, with some of the closest people to the project we formed an informal advisory board and that has been a huge support to me during the year.

Two days before the end of the crowdfunding campaign in March we made the target!! Thanks to a very generous former Boodaville participant and many more supporters. That was the first “UP” part of the rollercoaster that has been this year.

During April and May we were finding our feet with 2 new long-term residents, volunteers, some new collaborators, plus long-time collaborator Rob Durand.

With the support of the advisory group and Nico and Andres from allmyfrnds we had an amazing festival, the biggest ever with great music, really delicious food from Emilien, and hilarious games at the river. June was quiet and energy was low on site, then me and Kira spent the whole of July at Boodaville. With Marc Haetjens we ran an absolutely fantastic Living Permaculture course, the third big “UP” of the year! After the course we tried to resolve conflicts between the long-term volunteers, which resulted in one of them leaving. We spent an intense, emotional and soulful week with OJs mother and friends, including a ceremony where we spread some of his ashes in the future food forest. The last week of July was spent with Gerald working on further water catchment and silt basins. For three weeks at the end of July and beginning of August, none of the long-term residents were on site and we had some excellent volunteers step in and rise to the challenge of life and work at Boodaville.

August was quiet and in September with a new group of volunteers, and one of our returned residents we were set to do lots of planting for the regenerative agriculture plan, and the idea was to irrigate until rains started coming in October. We cancelled the last courses and most planned events in order to conserve energy to focus on the regenerative agriculture and other jobs. Sadly some volunteers that had been booked in for a month cancelled the day before their arrival, and there were differences of opinion among the volunteers on site. Combine this with the fact that temperatures stayed ridiculously high until mid-October with no rain, and there were perfect conditions for things not to go to plan. By the end of September all the volunteers who initially signed up until the end of October had left. Some fantastic people who hadn’t signed up to anything held the fort and got some last jobs done before the site was left empty the first two weeks of October. We packed up for winter with a few awesome project collaborators over a tiring weekend in mid October and the contrast with the end of year party last year was incredible.

However… because of permaculture design and mulch, the plants have survived the October drought, and let me tell you about our visit in November

Sunshine, seedlings wrapped in newspaper all over the place, music, a small group of friends and family mulching, planting tiny trees, music, digging, lots of straw and some manure, children sitting on the ground surrounded by tiny onions they are separating and planting. I actually said to Bernat “This is like heaven”. In two days we finished all the planting jobs that were still on the list and collected the first part of the olive harvest.

Let’s hope those onions survived the below zero temperatures this week.

Rollercoaster!

Next year we will be continuing the journey and are looking to fund both courses and volunteers with the help of the Erasmus program. We’ll run some bigger Living Permaculture Courses but the really important work, pending from last year, is continuing the process to find and inform potential members of our future eco-community and working cooperative, and to start planning a future together.

Anna Gurney


INDEX

A- EVALUATION OF LAST YEARS GOALS

C- SPENDING THIS YEAR

D- GOALS FOR 2018

FULL REPORT HERE (versión en castellano)