Our last event of the year was a permablitz implementing Natural Farming methods with Kate Curtis and an awesome party in the dome afterwards. Our best event yet! Helen wrote a blog post about it here .
el sábado hacía fresquita con viento y empezamos una sesión lite y relajado con té, mantas.. y toda la familia boodaville que incluye el gato y Kira // It’s a windy, surprisingly cool Saturday afternoon here so we’re tucked up having a pre-course permaculture conversation with Oriol Ferrando Please notice the presence of tea, cat and child #permaculture #family.
el domingo sesiones teóricas sobre diseño de permacultura y bosques comestibles // Sunday we had theory sessions on permaculture design and food forests
una excursión para disfrutar al máximo un puesto de sol impresionante // then an excursion to fully enjoy an incredible sunset
day 2 – following the design to create as much garden as possible in this open area // siguiendo el diseño para crear jardines en todo el espacio que podamos en esta zona
jardines marcados, la idea es que cada pulgada del espacio tiene una función (o más que una!). Puede ser para humanos, o plantas! // Marking out the gardens, the idea is that every inch of land has a clear use – either for humans or plants (or animals later on!)
Día 3 – poniendo estiércol y acolchado para empezar el nuevo jardín // day 3 putting down manure and mulch to start off the new garden
usando el nivel de agua para marcar un swale – uno mas grande que vamos a crear con un excavador en 2017. // using the water level to mark a swale – we will build a large one and get in a digger to do the work in 2017. This will bring water from the track onto the bottom terrace where we are starting the food forest.
el nuevo swale nos traerá agua del camino hacía la terraza abjo donde estamos empezando el bosque comestible.
cortando barilla para clavar y marcar bien el swale. // cutting rebar to plant in the ground and mark the swale
We built a dome!! An amazing 9 day Erasmus+ program, working with a fantastic team and a wonderful group of young, and not so young participants. Thank you so much to Jordi Cavaller Badia, Chuchi, Carlos, Bernat, OJ, Alberto and Kate for making this happen and to all the participants for their energy, positivity, ability to adapt to basic living and very hot conditions (41º on 2 days, but don’t get me started talking about climate change) and their openness and great collaboration.
Guest writer – Claudia, one of our participants from Portugal has written about her experience:
Hey this is Cláudia (pt) from Boodaville Summer 2016. We are in our last day before departure, trying to make everything beautiful for our final presentation with some guests here in our place.
Click on the pictures to see explanations (solo inglés 😦 ) of what our wonderful volunteers have been up to this month – thanks so much to Karolis, Julian, Lou, David (again!), Gerome, Olga and Mara. Come back any time (again!) and huge thanks to OJ our site manager.
We have had an amazing month in May and I really can’t thank our workcamp crew enough.. this is the work of an awesome team who had never met each other before they started work on Monday 16th May but were like family by the time they finished on Saturday 21st may (Tuesday 24th may to get the roof placas on). Two years after we first attempted this structure it is great to have it done.. and was just in time for the hailstorm during the festival 😮
I am constantly blown away by the brilliant people that come and get involved at Boodaville, and it is these brilliant people that make the project work, but Martin, Ondrej, Rob, Beth, Pablo, Olivier, David, Chloe, Alice, Quim, Nicola, you are exceptional and Boodaville will never forget you 🙂 Thank you
Everything we planted in October has grown! Thanks to a ridiculously mild winter the leguminous plants – beans and chervil – have grown and served their function to further decompact the soil and improve it’s quality.
The swales and step constructions are holding up nicely and there is some evidence already that the soil is improving behind them – we have moss growing!
The roof is looking good and growing grass – sadly the pine trees we transplanted are not thriving.
Next steps – give those poor trees a ton of mulch and buy a sack of alfalfa seeds to plant a greater area with soil improving plants.