Organic fruit and vegetable production in the countryside of central Portugal

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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, mainly with work in the vegetable garden. Depending on the season the work can include digging, hoeing, gathering material for mulching, weeding, watering, and fruit picking.

    We grow our vegetables from seed, save seed, take the moon calendar into consideration, fertilize with compost and sometimes also with manure from our own animals, and apply permaculture concepts where possible e.g. mulch, Huegelbeet in the herbal garden, plant association, the idea of a forest garden. We dry herbs, fruit and vegetables and make jam, bread and yogurt.

    If you have construction / maintenance skills, there is a couple of projects we would like to do e.g. to build a roof for the pizza oven with eucalypt wood and old tiles, to construct and paint a wooden house for 10 chickens (with windows and door), to redo a bathroom (tiles, new shower), and to improve the irrigation system, to name a few.

    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 is interested).

  • 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, help has to be done in the early mornings and/or late afternoons because of the hot weather.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Portuguese, English and German

  • Accommodation


    Usually, during the week, we have lunch together (ovo-lacto-vegetarian diet). However, because of 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. You would have to gather fire wood to replace the dry wood you have used (no saw needed). Bed linnen and towels are provided. If necessary, 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. 3 000 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, a river beach, a small cinema, the bus station (buses going to Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto), the post office and a health center. There is also banks and ATMs. However, it is NOT possible to exchange bank notes e.g. US dollar anywhere around here. The next money exchange is Coimbra....

    The closest airports are Lisboa and Porto (both ca. 200 km). For coaches to Sertã have a look at the timetable information of rede-expressos dot pt and transdev dot pt). A single trip is less than 15 EUR. You can also try blablacar.

    Please note: No cigarettes. No drugs. No hard liquor.
    Children are welcome! Long term possible!

  • 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


My Photo Album

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


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