Organic fruit production and market gardening in the countryside of central Portugal

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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.

  • Description

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    UPDATE FOR JUNE 2016:

    We are looking for 3 to 4 workawayers!

    Help is most wanted in the forest: We are gathering pine needles for mulching and branches to feed the shredder. Also, we are going to paint some rooms, with an eco friendly paint. The third project is to fix the bread and pizza oven which is having some pretty bad cracks. We re going to dig up clay in the garden, prepare the mixture and add a couple of extra layers for stability. If you are good at wood, it would also be great to do a new oven door, and a little roof to protect the oven from rain. There is an old house nearby with a roof about to collapse where we can take tiles.

    Accomodation will be either as mentioned in the description, in a caravan at the forest (sleeps two people, 3 minutes to walk), and maybe in tents.

    At the moment, we are also interested in long term help with the garden.
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    Do you have an interest in organic agriculture? We are looking for people to help us in our farm in central Portugal.

    We sell organic fruit and vegetable in two weekly local markets and we have a plantation of half a hectar of Inca Berries (Physalis peruviava). We always need help with work in the physalis field and vegetable garden. Depending on the season the work includes digging, hoeing, mulching, weeding, sieving compost, prunning physalis, training them up on strings, picking fruit ...

    We grow our vegetables from seed (mainly seeds we save from previous years), fertilize organically with compost but sometimes also with goat and chicken manure (the animals are from the farm). We dry herbs, fruit and vegetables. We make our jam, bread and yogurt.

    If you think you would like to give us a hand you are very welcome to visit us. My name is Gabriela, I’m 37. My husband, Adam, is 41 and we have two boys, 6 and 2 years old. We live in a house attached to my parents’ house, Anita 72 and José 82.

    In the farm, there are dogs and cats, and also goats, pigs, chickens, quail, and ducks. But the farm animals are cared for by my parents and their workers so no help is needed with animal care. They also make wine (unfortunatly not organic) and cheese from goat milk using a plant as a coagulant agent (they are happy to teach the process to anybody who would like).

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Farming

  • Help

    Help

    We would like you to help us for around 5 hours per weekday. In the summer, help has to be done mainly in the early mornings and/or late afternoons because of the hot weather.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Portuguese, English and German

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Usually, during the week, we have lunch together (ovo-lacto-vegetarian diet). However, because of bed time for the children, we would like you to have dinner on your own. You can have produce from the farm like eggs, cheese, fruit, veg and jam and we would also buy you basics like bread, rice, pasta, sugar… but you would have to buy your own luxury goods e.g. chocolate, crisps, cookies, or shampoo. We go into town for shopping once a week.

    We can accommodate 1 person up to a small family in a separate house that consists of 1 double bedroom, 1 living-room/kitchenet (fully furnished) with a sofa-bed for 2, and 1 toilet with shower. The living room and shower might have to be shared with other workawayers. There is the possibility to use the washing machine. There is a fire place in the living room but no other heating system. There is bed linnen and towels. Also, you can check your e-mails at my parents'.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The farm is close to a small village where you can find a very small convenience shop and café.

    Sertã, a town of ca. 5 000 inhabitants, is about 8 km far away. Apart from the high street shops and the market, there are two supermarkets, the county library, a swimming pool, river beach, a small cinema, bus station (buses going to Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto), post office and a health center.

    The closest airports are Lisboa and Porto (circa 200 km). Look for busses to Sertã (rede-expressos dot pt and transdev dot pt), or blablacar.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Volunteering hours expected

    5 hours per weekday


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Our house
A sunset in the summer
New market garden 2015
Golden berries 2014
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