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Food Artist

Date of entry
Updated Apr 2013

Job Title

Juice-Bar /Eco-Café Manager

A great opportunity for someone who is creatively passionate about organic fresh food & modern paleo principles + wants to be self-employed by setting up a small synergistic catering business in a forming EcoVillage


La Palma,

Canary Islands

Job Description

There is a golden opportunity to set up the catering side of a small collective of complementary eco-businesses which will form the economic back-bone of an EcoVillage in formation.

The business will mainly consist in experimenting with processing the abundant local organic produce in original & creative ways.  We breed 100% grass-fed guinea-pigs, sheep & non-grain fed chickens, plus have set up some ingenious fermentation processes for when we have abundant veggies.

Opportunities already identified include the above-mentioned juice-bar (we are located near a tourist route) & organic monthly Eco-Café, but there are many other possibilities, depending on the particular interests, flexibility & originality of the entrepreneur.

Person Requirements

This is an ideal job for a very enterprising person (or couple) who has a passion for paleo food & hospitality, much personal initiative, an adventurous spirit, a good head for business, loves physical work in the open air & of course would be willing to relocate to a very beautiful location, preferably as member of the forming EcoVillage.

Preferably bilingual in English & Spanish & with Integral Permaculture qualfications (Diploma ideally) plus experience in either setting up a business or of working in catering or both & very flexible + willing to learn.

As with any start-up business, you will also need some savings in order to start the business, although this would not entail starting from zero as the Association that has been running the farm has already invested considerable resources in some of the basic infrastructures, saving you a great deal of time, money, market-research in supplying local traditional as well as the most up-to-date needed knowledge & contacts.   

In particular having a variety of organic fresh produce grown on site is a great advantage.

Payment / Compensation...

Most small businesses start up with much voluntary work and some gradually evolve to being very profitable.      This one is potentially very profitable especially in terms of a TBL analysis.

Of course exactly how profitable any business becomes and how quickly depends mostly on the personal skills, experience & other inputs from the person/s.   

The outside circumstances for this one are very good (we actively need such a business here in fact, which is why we are advertising this opportunity), and the economic climate although quite uncertain anywhere now, is also most favourable to exactly this kind of initiative.

Single person option can be quite minimalist in terms of investment  (depending on whether they wish to also buy a land-share), and the environment is also well-suited to families, given a larger investment (to buy larger shares of the eco-village that already have houses on them).


This is a self-employed start-up business opportunity 

working in partnership with other small eco-businesses on site 

and supported by the Associación Gaia Tasiri

How to apply

To apply for this opportunity please send your CV with introduction email saying

* why you are interested in this opportunity
* how you fit the person specification
* what initial savings & experience you will bring to the project

to  hola (at) 8thLife (dot) org

Contact details

The person who will support you in this work is Stella, the coordinator of the project, 
you can contact her via email on  hola (at) 8thLife (dot) org

you are also welcome to phone her for more information on  (0034) 697 590 185

Additional Information

You will be fully responsible for all catering activities but able to rely on high-quality support and local expertise in setting up the details, as there are people who have lived on site for over 10yrs you will be able to draw on for expertise & support, as well as many local contacts with many more decades of the same.

The EcoVillage aims to be (as well as a community & beautiful & healthy place to live) a small eco-business nursery where synergistic eco-businesses can thrive & grow within a safety-net of mutual help.

The business can be a stand-alone investment or be combined with buying a share of the farm (either immediately or gradually) where it will be based. 

See for EcoVillage information

The previous local experience and work to date of the Association make this a much lower-risk start-up than any other equivalent effort, but of  course all new businesses are risky propositions.

All basic training will be supplied through the GaiaSis Programme that we run in conjunction with the Integral Permaculture Academy (the first part on-line, then on site) but you will already have considerable drive or experience at least in one of the areas required.

In terms of existing resources, there is very fertile land available and we have been experiencing an embarrassing situation of over-production for the last few years, as (due to a lack of enterprising caterer on site) we have not been able to process the abundance the site provides even without our inputs - for eg. in almonds, figs, pears, oranges, cactus-fruit, tomatillo, physalis, as well as the 'excess' bananas, whey, chestnut & avocados we get from neighbouring farms & the excess of eggs & chickens we also experience periodically.

There are also some wild-foods opportunities to harvest which would be a great complement to this business.

Thank you for your interest in this job
and for being
an evolutionary butterfly