El proyecto

Philosophy

OBJECTIVES

To sustainably support the local community through cultural and agricultural projects.
To create a zero-impact initiative that is self-sufficient and rehabilitates and revitalizes the local agricultural and architectural structures.
To foster a social and cultural interchange by hosting multidisciplinary artists from a wide range of backgrounds.
To engage in an innovative and creative dialogue inspired by the local nature, history and culture.

SUSTAINABILITY

Since inception, Ras de Terra has counted on the support and work of local professionals. They have helped restored the architectural structures on the property, construct new spaces and cultivate the land.
The complex relies on solar energy, helping achieve the initiative’s zero-impact goals, while blending into the natural landscape, architecture and local traditions that surround it. Ras de Terra is built on the pillars of education, awareness, research and innovation. This encourages inclusion, regeneration and development of the local economy in La Vera and Extremadura.

Landscape

Sometimes beauty and fragility unite in unexpected ways. Take the tobacco barns of Extremadura, these structures that sprout sparingly across the region, are seemingly simple and ingrained in the local landscape. Yet years after they were first erected they are now in danger of extinction.
Despite their dilapidated state, the tobacco barns in La Vera are part of the heritage stand for an era where the social and economic prosperity of the region was interlinked with nature.
Se estima que en la zona hay unos 4.000 secaderos, la mayor parte de ellos en estado de abandono. Ras de Terra propone revalorizar este elemento arquitectónico, un lugar capaz de ser reconvertido y reutilizado como un espacio dinámico y versátil, cuyos diferentes usos favorezca el desarrollo económico y la preservación de los valores culturales, paisajísticos e históricos de La Vera.

CONSERVATION

Our passion for the arts, social awareness and respect of nature drove us to rehabilitate one of the many tobacco barns within La Vera with the aim of establishing a residence for artists. A project interlinked with a proposal to farm the land, in a sustainable and practical way.
The residence for artists, within this rural landscape, addresses the need to decentralise culture. Creating new contemporary dialogues and collaborations in a local and natural setting, while coexisting in shared spaces.
For the residents, it offers an experience that provides an opportunity to have a shared space for work and creative exploration. In addition, they have an opportunity to integrate within the local community experiencing its people, the nature, the gastronomy and puts them in touch with new cultural stakeholders, offering new and different perspectives.

Agriculture

Ras de Terra is a dynamic and versatile initiative that unites agriculture and art. It blends with the neighbouring landscape and nature, while becoming part of the local ecosystem. The values and philosophy mean that we are able to slow the impact of climate change by regenerating the land, implementing smart irrigation systems and reduce the loss of biodiversity in the region.
For example, the foundations of our vegetable garden are based on permaculture.

Permaculture

La Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments. For the creation and development of the garden, Ras de Terra has been based on permaculture. The word itself is a contraction of permanent agriculture and culture, which it’s based on respectful agriculture and an ethic use of land. The focus is to create ecologically responsible and economically viable systems using the inherent qualities of plants and the natural characteristics of the landscape, all of which taking as a priority their durability over time without contaminating or exploiting the land.
Permaculture is a technique that seeks to obtain and yield and at the same time maintain, care for, and replace the soil and land, and this is how Ras de Terra has designed and cultivated its garden. In short, the objective is to build a harmonious project with nature, abandoning the idea of man's superiority over the natural world. The words humility and human derive from "humus", which means earth, mud, land ... recovering humility, recovering contact with nature and transmitting the importance of preserving the wealth of the Earth that feeds us every day and provides us with the most essential that the human being needs.

Gastronomic Research

The gastronomic heritage is a fundamental pillar of villages, regions and countries. Culinary traditions are rooted in history, culture, the landscape, climate, and local customs. Food brings people together, it’s a ritual where together we share, enjoy and celebrate.
At Ras de Terra gastronomy will have a great message to communicate, promote and disseminate. The gastronomic culture of Extremadura is the result of its history, an arduous journey of migration and invasions. Centuries after centuries have left their mark on the ingredients, cooking methods, unique dishes and customs creating a unique identity.
A special highlight is the Pimentón de la Vera, which is known worldwide and has positioned this region internationally on the map.