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Semilla Besada
Semilla Besada
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Apartado de correos 19, Lanjaron, Andalucia, ES
958 95 30 98
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Semilla Besada

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Project Summary

We are situated in the Sierra Nevada, Spain. Located between 1300 and 1470 meter above sea level.We live completely off grid. The land has twelve hectares , which of two hectares have been fenced. There is a full grown food forest below the main house. We arrived on this farm in 2011 after a search for two years in the region from the Alpujarras.We looked for a land with a lot of water rights and a diversity of fruit trees. And it became the Semilla Besada.

Project Description

Hi from the Sierra Nevada, Mediterranean Spanish high mountains. Permaculture research farm "Semilla Besada" Hola, we are Inge and Bastian, wanting a change for next generations, four years ago we bought this land. After a few years of comparing land-prices/situations.The Alpujarras offered what we where looking for.The farm "Semilla Besada" met all our needs at that time. Water-rights, fruit trees, south faced slope, 30 min drive to the nearest town, so not too remote. We are at +/- 1400 meters above sea level , looking at the Mediterranean and Morocco in clear days.Four years of restoration and observation and re-directing the farm, we finally came to a solution to maintain and restore this huge land off 12 hectares with hundreds of mature fruit trees in fact a full grown food forest. Creating an educative farm-school for practical permaculture implementation could improve the efficiency from this farm.Currently we are re-building the main house on the property. The main house is situated on a steep slope, due to a lack of water-harvesting from the roof for years, the rainwater drained the house downhill. Gabions where the best cheapest and most sustainable solution to support the house and prevent it from further erosion at the bottom.We had the mesh wire, hundreds of meters from previous owner, the local stones so we just had to experience with it.As the house moved downwards a lot of pipes and tubes where broken and adding more humidity. So the opportunity to put a new gray- /black recycling water-system was made.A new roofing with EPDM will waterproof the whole building. It is an elastic membrane so if the house would move a bit it will not be affected. Of course finished with a water-harvesting system on the flat roof. We aim to be ready for education by next year. A dining and teaching room for +/- 30 students.Also an adequate efficient kitchen for the preparation of the food produced by the farm. A passive sleeping and showering accommodation for 20 or 30 persons, that will be on an other location on the land.This 'ecodome' could be built in more or less two months. But bureaucracy in Spain can take more time, we are waiting for permissions from the "National Park" and local authorities.From the moment we get the ' OK green light ' from the authorities we can announce a first permaculture practical course.on our web-site semilla.besada.com


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