What is Els Mussols?
Els Mussols is an olive smallholding (or finca), abandoned about 50 years ago, near the village of Xerta in southern Tarragona province in Catalonia, Spain. Since the middle of 2007, we have been working hard to get it back into the production of high-quality olive oil, with no herbicides or pesticides used in the process. Els Mussols is Catalan for ‘The Owls’, and here you can hear owls almost nightly.
We aim to produce as much of our own food as we can, have a thriving organic vegetable garden and a chicken shed and run for our recently-arrived chickens. As we have no mains electricity we produce our own with a solar panel array and a wind turbine. Though we don’t have mains water, we collect enough from our roofs and we have an efficient compost toilet.