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

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29/08/2015

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  • Description

    Description

    Do you have an interest in organic agriculture? We are looking for people to help us in our farm in central Portugal.

    Recently we started selling 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 mainly 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 36. My husband, Adam, is 40 and we have 2 children: Matias 5, and Lucas 1. We live in a house attached to my parents’ house Anita 72 and José 81.

    In the farm, there are several animals ranging from pets to livestock. 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) every year 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 in the house

  • Help

    Help

    We would like you to help us for around 5 hours per day. In the summer, work has to be done mainly in the early mornings and/or late afternoons because of the hot weather, unless there would be the possibility of doing something on a sheltered place ie. in the woods.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Portuguese, English and German

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Usually we'll 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, beer 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.

    In another town, also about 10 km far away, there is an adventure sports and tourism company if you like canoeing, mountain biking, hiking, or abseiling.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • ...

    Volunteering hours expected

    5 hours per weekday


Photos

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cutting the lawn in the vineyard
Gabi and Matias (2011)
My father and my son with our house and my parent's house in the backgroung
Organic veggie garden (2013)
Our house
A sunset in the Summer
Adam and Matias (2015)
new mulch for the strawberries 2015. Danke Jana und Jonas!!!
first beds of lettuce and chard in the new market garden (2015)
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