taula amiga fase 1


this is our last day here.. fase I construction is over and now it’s all in the farmers/nature’s hands hehhe

I’m also leaving to rio de janeiro to participate in the interactivos16 and be there one month trying to make this project. having apparently nothing connecting them, the rio’s project is a research for specific problem that we have in taula amiga farm: water. that simple :)

we enjoined a lot this time we have been working together.. apart from the good work and enriching experience made with the taula amiga and the school of horticulture of reus, working with nicola, gorka and laura was a real pleasure. tks guys ;)

after 43 days and we have 8 farm tables, 1000L liters of water 2m height (enough for gravity watering) and a cccb ready for been feed this farm has the basic tools to start producing their own food. this particular part is all that matters to us on this project: connect a urban farm to a social canteen.

but can not finish this post without saying how much I enjoyed sharing my time with the real players is this story, mr julio that kept care and control of the communs but also put huge effort of making his farm table bright. with juan I’ve learn how to use a jigsaw in the air with one hand. amazing wood worker. oscar, that brought light, music and good mood, eva and juan the first farm neighbors that had adopted a table farm, rosen our anti-commons person hehehe one of the most applied farmers that I ever meet.

see you soon ;)



today we have finished the cccb tool here in tarragona.

we started some weeks ago preparing the materials, having workshops about composting and cartography all the local sources of organic left overs. we are lucky in this project cause we already have a restaurant (taula amiga’s cantine) that prepare meals to around 40 families. we also located 4 vegetable stores near the farm and of course we have the left overs of all the participants of this project. now let’s make compost!! :)


taula amiga (friend’s table) diagram

this is the diagram of all the main components of taula amiga farm table.


after the wood structure there are 8 layers:

layer 1 – 1000x4000mm – fabric, any soft material, old cotton sheets or old blankets are perfect materials. this layer is for protecting the thin film of PP plastic (layer2) from touching the non pollished wooden floor.

layer 2 – 1240x4240mm – PP plastic fim 0.2 > 1mm. this should be a food grade plastic. this layer is the main drainage membrane. if punched or not well sealed on the draining holes (10 per table) the water will damage the wood structure of the table.

layer 3 – 150L – drainage material can be small rocks, sand, expanded clay or any inert material. this layer can also be used has a water reservoir for capillarity systems.

layer 4 – 1000x4000mm – TNT fabric, used to prevent the roots from entering the layer 3

layer 5 – 1000x4000mm – wood net. this layer is for prevent any damage on the sub layers like working on the soil with big tools so when someone reaches this layer knows that’s the end of the soil :) the wood has also a secondary function. it will rot slowly producing heat and a home for micro life.

layer 6 – 10000L of coco fiber. coco fiber is an excellent soil structure, it retains moisture and nutrients, the roots have no problem on diving in it and is very light.

layer 7 – 4000L of humus. this is a lot of humus and this is just for one table. we already started the composting systems but we need to go fast or find local sources of good humus.

layer 8 – 1000x4000mm – wood net. this layer is to divide the table by family of vegetables, reinforce the side structure and hold the watering system in position.

local materials: posidonia oceanica


every year in the spring we have algae arriving to the coast. this year we got posidonia fruits to use in taula amiga farm. this are balls of fibrous material that can be added to the compost, has a water reservoir in the draining system or added to soil has structure material.


we also collect tons of plastics.. ;(


do it together

today we started the building process. we’ll first prepare the composters and then we’ll start the first farm table :)

all workshops need working tables.. we improvised a bit ;)





friendly table design and raw materials

here is the first final design of the farm tables.


this is a farm table designed to be build together with the families that are involved in the social cantine of taula amiga foundation. we think is important that people are involved with the design and building process. you know.. you make it and then it becomes part of you :)

we calculate 60 woods of 2000x100x20 per table. but before we came to this number we went to visit a sawmill. sawmills are not common this days.. like josep fontova said ” familiar sawmills are disappearing all bought by big corporations” so in practice you can not get wood from local resources and when you go to a big store you pay 6x more for the same type of wood and you don’t know where it came from. plus when you go to a sawmill you can ask wood with no treatment, that fits better to our goal of building a healthy container for our food to grow.

since we where here we took some woods to start making the prototype ;)

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new composters arrive

today the tarragona city council brought to us 4 trash containers that are broken. they are perfect for us, we cover all the bottom holes, build a wood base that holds the trash and drains the liquids, build a structure that elevates the container so we can put a tube for leaching collection and turn the composter more easily. here a link to our wikiIMG_6798 IMG_6800 IMG_6801

day one: prepare composters

today is our first day of a series of workshops.

we plan building this farm together and with so many things to build and many more to learn we setup the goals for this next months: building a urban composting system, build the first 8 tables for the families and 2 more if there are neighbours interested in growing their vegetables :) in between we’ll learn how to grow food. we’ll meet every friday from now until the end of april. come join us if you are around ;)

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visit l’hort del circ

once in a while we have people asking to visit the circus farm and today was one of those days :) gemma wanted to know more about the project, we gave a walk and talked a little about permaculture and urban farming. we also add time to clean a bit and take care of some hungry caterpillars :p

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new farmers

some weeks ago olga ricomà, a teacher from the secondary school martí i franquès, asked us if she could come with her students and visit l’hort del circ. we say: sure! we are now on the perfect timing for the winter vegetables. so they came, I give them a tour on the different plants we have and how we can use them. lucky for some we also have aloe vera ;)

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then we started to prepare a table. here we use coco fiber and humus as soil. we planted red cabbage, savoy cabbage, onions, and romanesco.

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at the end we covered all the empty with ceramics pieces. keeps the moister on the soil and the cats don’t like walking on them :)

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the teachers also made some pictures, you can see them at their blog.

mantaining l’hort del circ part1

l’hort del circ is 100% made of recicled woods and once a year we need to paint everything to preserve the woods from the winter moister and the autumn rain. we normally get used oil from the local restaurants but today we’ll use 6 months of used oil from a friend’s family (tks laura;) we filter a bit and that’s it, just paint until the wood take some time to absorb the oil ;)

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autch.. this can hurts a foot!! wondering why people keep throwing trash and cristal bottles to here..

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small improvement: you can visually tell how much water is inside this tank ;)

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