Located just 10km from the Mediterranean coastline our farm is a 10,000 sqm permaculture and agricultural demonstration site; nestled in the rustic Andalusian landscape you will find the beginnings of our vision for future ‘off grid’ zero carbon sustainable agriculture.
Our closest neighbour is the village of Moclinejo, famous for its Ruta de la Pasa (Raisin Route) and its traditional Arabic style low white houses with narrow winding streets. At the heart of the farm is a permaculture and closed loop philosophy; we’re passionate about the need to design sustainable and ecological practises into future farming methods; leveraging renewable energy, vermiculture, nutrient recovery, water management and soil regeneration. Green Lab Granja is designed around four key philosophies:
We are exploiting renewable energy sources to power the entire farm, everything from solar, biogas and hot composting.
Working with local communities we are diverting organic waste from restaurants and coffee shops into our vermiculture systems.
We are supporting the regeneration of soils on the land we farm through vermiculture and composting reducing soil erosion.
We believe in the wellbeing of individuals and the role natural systems play in a healthy lifestyle – all our vegetables are grown organically pesticide free.
Our activities are informed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals working towards a more sustainable planet.
Stevia & Edible Flowers
At the heart of our farm is a 600 sqm greenhouse platform on which we’ll be designing a hydroponic nursery for Stevia and Edible Flowers; Stevia is a sweeterner and sugar substitute with a lower calorie and higher sweetness than sugar; whilst the edible flower whilst looking nice also contain potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that support your health.
On average it takes up to seven years for a mature Algarrobo tree to produce their first harvest of carob pods and so clearly we’re being patient and we have planted three trees on the farm. These, in due course, will provide a small harvest of carob for our own production of ‘Granja chocolate’ and other delicacies.
Eleven terraces that occupy the southern part of the farm will be home to over one thousand Moringa trees; at an altitude of 600m making it the perfect location for nurturing this super food with its immunity boosting leaves, bark, roots and seed pods. The Moringa plantation will be one of our main commercial food sources from the farm.
We have a beautiful Olive Grove on the farm with thirty trees producing on average of 120 litres of our own olive oil, it takes roughly five kilograms of olives to make a litre of oil, with a single tree producing only about three litres of oil per year. The Olive Grove is also a place for well-being and providing an opportunity to reconnect with nature and relax.
Fruits and Citrus
And of course we’re very excited to use any spare land on the farm for a host of different fruits in soil with worm castings from our vermiculture system for luscious Mango, Passion fruit, Lemons, Lime, Oranges and the occasional Vine; it’s ambitious but we’re keen to grow a balanced mixture of crops on the farm using a variety of agricultural methods.
We’re planing out our growing calendar with a modest domestic vegetable garden, roughly 220 sqm of rich Andalusian soil, south facing and irrigated for leafy greens, tomato, legumes, fruit, root vegetables and a collection of herbs; the majority of produce will be soil grown, but with an aquaponic farm to provide nutrient for a range of leafy greens.
Green Lab Granja is located in just a short distance from the beautiful village of Moclinejo; a village and municipality in the province of Málaga, situated approximately 17 kilometres from Málaga and 558 km from Madrid. It has a population of approximately 1200 residents and it famous for it’s Ruta de la Pasa (Raisin Route).
For any queries in relation to our Courses & Events, Volunteering or Educational services, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, we are not open to the public except during tours, workshops and volunteer sessions.
Regional & International: Malaga
Aeropuerto de Málaga-Costa del Sol
Málaga María Zambrano railway station
Twice daily services run Monday – Friday from the coast to Moclinejo.
Check Movitapp for full timetables and routes. Main bus routes M261, M262, M361
It’s a short 20 minute walk from Moclinejo to our Green Lab, please remember to take a bottle of water if you decide to walk, as there a few steep hills and on a warm day is can be quite taxing.
Travel on Autovia A-7 coming from either Almeria or Malaga, take junction 254, follow the north bound MA-3200, through Benagalbon join the MA-3119 through to Moclinejo, sharp left just before Calle el Chorro. You’ll need a 4×4 to enter the Granja.
Rincon de la Victoria, Benagalbon or Moclinejo are all beautiful places to stay and ideally located to access La Granja; AirBnB has a great selection of local apartments and houses.