NEW: Agroforest and Reforestation project in a mixed farm (ca. 20 ha) in central Portugal


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    After the big fire of Pedrógão Grande which stopped two kilometers short of our house, we are more than ever determined to help change the face of this region!

    The aim is to bring back diversity into our forest, by sowing and planting indigenous trees, welcoming wild life and improving the soil. We want to develop and try various agroforest ideas so they can inspire others in the region as we have been inspired by sintropical agriculture of Brazil!

    Now, in autum 2017 to spring 2018, we are going to start with transforming 0.6 hectare of already certified organic land into an abundant agroforest as well as one hectare of eucalyptus plantation into a sustainable polyculture forest.

    We are going to collect many self seeded plants from our own land, transplant them or pot them up for future use, take cuttings to root them up, and collect seed to sow in trays or for seed bombs. We need help with laying out the paths, mulching, making mulch, pruning trees, planting, cutting grass and fern, watering, to name a few. Apart from that, there is a vegetable garden, or if you have construction skills, there is also other things to do like build a roof for the pizza oven with old tiles or redo a bathroom with a new shower.

    We are Gabriela (38) and Adam (42) with two boys (7 and 3) and live in a house attached to my parents’. In the farm, there are dogs and cats, and also goats, pigs, chickens and ducks. 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 with Eco project

  • 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, with the kids also German

  • Accommodation


    Usually, weekdays, we have lunch together (ovo-lacto-vegetarian). You can have produce from the farm like eggs, cheese, fruit, veg and jam and we also buy 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 upto 4 people or a small family in a separate house that consists of 1 double bedroom, 1 living-room with fully furnished kitchenet and a sofa-bed for 2, and 1 bathroom with toilet and shower. The living room and shower might have to be shared with other workawayers. There is a fire place in the living room but no other heating system. Please gather some fire wood to replace the dry wood you have used (no saw needed).

    There is also a small caravan (1 to 2 people) and space for camper vans or tents.
    Please bring a sleeping bag (if you have one).

    You can pick up wifi in front of the house but the velocity is poor. The mobile network with the best coverage is Vodafone.

    It is possible to use the washing machine.

  • 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 (to Lisboa, 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 in Coimbra.

    The closest airports are Lisboa and Porto (both ca. 200 km). For a bus to Sertã have a look at the timetable information of rede-expressos dot pt. A single trip is less than 15 EUR and you can buy your ticket just before departure. You can also try blablacar. The farm is close to exit 28 of the IC8.

    No drugs. No hard liquor.
    Children are welcome! We do home schooling.
    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

    25 hours / week

My Photo Album

us 2017
garden 2017
forest fire Oct 2017
Golden berries 2014
New market garden 2015
shreddering for mulch
A sunset in the summer
Our house

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