This is a big week for Endoca News as we launch the first instalment in our ‘Endoca Institute Volunteers’ Blog’.
For the last month, a team of volunteers have been tirelessly working away, transforming a beautiful piece of land in the hills near Barcelona into what will eventually be ‘The Endoca Institute of Cannabis, Natural Medicine and Sustainability’.
We’ll publish regular highlights from the week’s events told through the eyes of the volunteers working on-site.
Water – have we got enough of it?
Water – or rather the lack of it – has been our first big challenge to address. Back in May when we initially saw the land, there was a babbling brook that was brimming with life. Six weeks later it has dried up and we’ve quickly realised how in short supply water is in the summer.
So we decided to go in search of more water and dug a hole with a tractor. Things didn’t get off to a great start when the Spanish workman started working without any instructions. It was a matter of ‘lost in translation’, so we had to draw diagrams of what we wanted. Eventually he did the work, but didn’t believe that our mad ideas would yield any water. How wrong he was! The next day he came back and couldn’t believe the steady flow of water coming up from the ground.
A Mint Fiesta
We’ve been spending a lot of our time over the last month preparing the ground to plant food, using permaculture techniques of course. We’ve already harvested our first mini cucumbers and in our herb garden we’ve planted almost 10 varieties of lovely mint including mantha & pipireta glacialis, chocolate, mentha and gentilis. And this week we got to make the most delicious iced mint tea. The perfect accompaniment to watch the sunset in the distance.
However the insects loved out mint too. But this is organic, permaculture right? We have to find a natural way of convincing these little creatures to fly off somewhere else. So we made a ‘soda soap cocktail’ which seemed to do the trick. Just keeping our fingers crossed that they don’t infest some of our other plants.
Many hands make light work – can we have some more please?
This week we’ve realised that the steadily rising temperatures mean that we have to start work at 7am, breaking early for lunch and a long siesta. Then in the evening, when it starts to cool down, it’s time to get back to work again. It’s a never ending task and we do need more hands on deck. We can provide a tent and delicious healthy food in return for your hard work. It’s an amazing chance to be part of an inspirational project that we genuinely think will change the world.
Enjoying our surroundings
A real highlight has been the chance to enjoy this gift that nature has given us. The beautiful sunsets that we can see from our recently cleared terrace, the cool breeze in the woods, the views of the mountains that take your breath away, the sounds and smells of summer. We truly are very privileged.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading what’s been happening at the Endoca Institute or ‘the village’ as we volunteers know it. If you are interested in volunteering you can email email@example.com or apply directly via the Endoca Institute Volunteers Application Form
And for more information about the Institute: http://www.endocafoundation.org