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.

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    UPDATE: From April 20th, for 3 or more weeks, we are looking for 1 or 2 workawayers to help us mainly with mulching and making compost. Wood has to be gathered in the forest, driven to the yard and put through a shredder. The shredded material will then be applied as mulch in the garden. Also, we want to clear out undergrowth in the forest with a strimmer to make compost for next year. Accomodation will be in a caravan in the woods (with lots of privacy), 3 minutes away by foot to our house. There is gas and water but no electricity. The first two or three days will be needed to clean up the caravan and build a compost toilet. Long term possible.

    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 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

    General Maintenance

  • Help


    We would like you to help us for around 5 hours per weekday. 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


    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.

    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

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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
Host ref number: 117842918879








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