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Familiafeliz Info Day 2018-10-06

FamiliaFeliz Info(rmation Day) 2018 – 10 – 06 from 10 am to 10 pm – Cervera del Maestre – Castellon – Spain

We come together with members, helpers and friends of our community to talk about further steps to develop our living community. We will show you our projects, resources, partners and opportunities and we are interested in your dreams, ideas and projects.

We will enjoy this day with delicious food and a lot of fun.

We have a lot of space for cars, caravans and  vans and mobile homes and we have some caravans on our colorgarden plot and limited places in the artist residence CASAdelDRAGON in the village nearby. Accommodation is free.

You could apply here for staying up to 3 nights for a short visit around this Info Day or apply here as a volunter for a longer visit.

the ray of hope 2018 – lightsculptures and sound

Friday night we invited friends to see some lightful objects in the art camp in the colorgarden of CASAdelDRAGON. We started at 22.30 hrs in the lower part of the plot. Following the sign ARTCAMP. we created some amazing light sculptures like this…

We will continue this work with joy and entusiasm. Thanks to all the friends for helping us!

harvesting carob – the first 1000 kilogram

We are happy to announce the first 1000 kilogram of harvested carob. It is a little step in relation to billions of tons of anual production but it was a big step for us as a little community without tractor or other powerful tools.

We get carob in “Bio” quality without any chemical treatments of trees, soil or fruits. Every piece is handpicked and selected.

We brought all carob to the local cooperative and we are curious about the final price. Yes you read correct, we delivered the fruits without knowing a final price to the cooperatve. We do this also as a scout for a lot of little part-time and foreign farmers in the local area to get more experience in handling goods in local markets.

Carob – the medieval oil – harvesting the superfood

In August 2018 we started to harvest the carob in the central plot of our color garden. We collected between 4 and more than 100 kg per tree. In a line with almonds and olive the carob is the first bigger challenge of harvesting food in the season.

Our color garden is part of Baix Maestrat, an old region of ancient agriculture. An old neighbour Filipe told us, the Carob was the Oil of the anchient times. The region of Valencia, especially around Cervera del Maestre has one of the highest concentrations of cabrob trees in the world. Even Cervera was in the past a rich village because of its amount of carob trees.

Most transport was done by dunkey and horse and therefor this superfood was the oil for the “engine” of this logistics.

We will deliver most of the fruits to the local cooperative in Cervera del Maestre. But we will use this superfood also to “crowdfund” some money for further investments in our social art projects.

If you are interested in handpicked tasty and natural carobs, please write is an email and we send you some infos how and when and where you could get some. You could use also the application form below.

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water – liquid of life

After 4 years running the garden we had a first broken pipe and lost 1000 liter of water in one night. Comparing to the average of water usage for Europeans it was not a lot. For us – moving the spring water with IBC tanks and trailers from 15 km distance – it is a lot of water.

Especially the young fruit trees need it. Water is the liquid of life and it was highly recommended to aff some watering pipes to the infrastructure for the trees.

In all August 2018 we where working om this project. The system – called “gota-gota” – will give us the advantage on bringing water to each tree in the colorgarden. It little valves can be adjusted in giving a few drops per minute.

By opening on water tap we can route water to more than 100 trees now.

portulaca – return of the hero

Portulaca (portulaca oleracea) is an amazing hero and part of a group of plants which had developed a special strategy to adept to very sunny, hot and dry areas. With up to 200.000 seeds per plant and a robust constitution its seeds can travel in salt water and 60% even germinate after 20 years.

Ancient farmer used portulaca as a ground plant under olive trees and as a tasty vegetable and salat in the cuisine.

In the dry and very sunny areas of our color garden we are happy to welcome the return of this pioneer plant. It returns after several years without any chemical intervention in our soil and it will redesign the shape of our vegetable garden a lot.

The special advantage of this plant is its metabolism. Portulaca is able to process carbondioxid in the night and store it in its cells (CAM). It could close its leave traps over the day with the advantage of not loosing so much water (the price of other plants which need to open the traps to get carbon oxid to develop their growth.

The return of this hero will give us many advantages. First of all we will harvest one of the highest vitamin A carrier and use it in the cusine as salad and vegetable (acid if you harvest in the morning, more sweet and smart if you harvest end of the day).

Second we have a pioneer plant able to bring shadow to the ground and especially around trees it hold the water in the soil.

Third it expand the possibility to catch the morning dew through its great amount of surcafe.

Portulaca is also an interesting medicinal plant and delivers Vitamin B1,B2,B3,B6 and B9, C and E.

Come for a visit and enjoy the taste of this super hero.

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UNIIE workshop cutting trees with Corinna

Schnittkurs zur Jungbaumerziehung

Behandelt werden alle Fragen des richtigen Schnitts für Bäume zwischen 1-7 Jahren. Der Kurs findet statt am Samstag, 25.08.2018 im Color Garden der CASAdelDRAGON.
Beginn ist 17:00 Uhr, Dauer etwa 2 Stunden
Teilnahmegebühr 10 Euro pro Person


Cutting course for young tree education

All issues of the correct cut for trees between 1-7 years are treated
The course takes place on Saturday, 25.08.2018 in the Color Garden of CASAdelDRAGON
Start is 17:00 hrs, duration approx. 2 hours
Participation fee 10 Euro per person


Allgemeine Einführung in den Obstbaumschnitt

Behandelt werden grundsätzliche Techniken des richtigen Schnitts und der Pflege für Obstbäume. Der Kurs findet statt am Sonntag, 26.08.2018 im Color Garden der CASAdelDRAGON.
Beginn ist 17:00 Uhr, Dauer etwa 2 Stunden
Teilnahmegebühr 10 Euro pro Person

General introduction on how to cut fruit trees

The course covers basic techniques of proper cutting and care for fruit trees. The course takes place on Sunday, 26.08.2018 in the Color Garden of CASAdelDRAGON.
Start is 17:00 hrs, duration approx.2 hours
Participation fee 10 Euro per person

cohabitation in the colorgarden

Many people come to our color garden to study plants, especially thoose to get natural pigments.

It was a great success that a friend came along woth a camera trap to discover more about our fauna. He mounted the camera in the lower silent part of the garden in early summer 2018.

The european rabbit was one of the know cphabitors of our plot.

Another known friend – never seen but listen – is the common nightingale. A lot of times we enjoyed already their songs in late evenings and nights.

The columba – part of the large family of doves – is another guest we already watched time by time.

We never saw a common genet on the plot. It was a surprise that this african migrant is living on our land.

Another guest is the red fox. We saw him once crossing a street to Cervera del Maestre in the night, never on our land.

Amazing to see the fauna enjoying the wilder parts of our land we want to say thank you to Christoph for this wonderful discovery.

new compost management in our homeunit in Germany

It is not a big deal to report on the implementation of a compost pile. I becomes bigger if we focus the stories behind.

In our case in Germany we “share” the space with another family living on our property and over the years we collected a reallly big pile of compost. Beside of the effect, that we reused biomass for our own vegetablle garden we gave sometimes our population of chicken access to the pile. They contributed with a lot of tasty eggs and cleaned the pille from nearly all snaill eggs.

One problem of acceptance in Germany – even in little villages – is to have chicken at all. The sound of the cock, the always escaping “gang” of bantams (little chicken) and daily little troubles with animals expanding the challenge to host them beside close neighbours.

The combination of vegetable garden, chicken and compost is an advantage and we like to establish a similar circle in our spanish homeunit.

First of all we need beside our compost doctor David more people willing to move biomass to a compost pile. Second we need a group of people interested in gardening and using this bio mass. Third we need people interested in having chicken and hosting them in a common task.

how to measure sustainability

According to an actual diskussion in our forum we like to share some facts about our first art camp in early summer 2018 in the campus of our free university of informal education (UNIIE).

As already published  – count down … – we created an infrastructure of shower and sinks and a catering place in the color garden. We did this to expand our possibilities to host groups of people at the same time and to develop our educative projects like UNIEE (free university of informal education).

We used trash and waste to set up the structures like refurbished wood from paletts, sinks from trash and ibc tanks from industry.

In three weeks we established the camp and finished it just before we hosted the first group of students from a german high school.

It was used for 6 days by 40 kids and adults, sometimes more when we invited for special dinner (paella done by Clara!!).

Luke, a friend from australia, mentioned, that we used a lot of energy and material in infrastructure instead of using minimalistic solutions. he posted some samples in the forum.

We do not measure the distance between theoretical optimum and our reality, we measure the distance between our reality and the daily reality of our guests. We think, whatever we want to change in the relation between generations and their ressources and their biological food prints, we have to start in their realities.

A normal person use 122 liter water per day. In one TEDx – Talk we can listen that 50% of the sweet water in France is used for cooling nuclear power devices. Wether this is true or not, we are sure taht these 122 liter are not used in a close personal way.

In our first art camp all kids where sensibilized and stimulated to reduce the water usage as much as possible. Thanks to their teachers! Instead of theoretical 122 liter per day they used less than 10.

From our perspective this is a great result. Hopefully we will invite much more young people to further art camps and – as an aditional feature of beeing guest in our project – they reduce their biological food prints in a fundamental way.