Come to our place in Portugal. A place where everybody is welcome!
Our Quinta (farm in Portuguese) is an ecological project where we put in practice the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.
When we arrived in 2003, the Quinta was abandoned and therefore totally impenetrable due to dense vegetation. We have already cleared a lot of land and restored one of the three stone buildings of the property (one of the others is planned to be restored). There are several sources for water and ingenious distribution networks to deliver the water where it is required. We have vineyards and make our own wine, olive trees, goats that help to keep the land clean and we cultivate vegetables using special water saving irrigation system. We work together with local traditional farmers and with other biological farmers in the area, so that we can learn from each other to provide healthy food for ourselves and others. We are energetically self-sustainable (solar power and water turbine).
Living on the Quinta is also an adventure and we will be sustainable as much as possible. All the resources have to be very well managed. It's a place where you can enjoy living a natural lifestyle. We are workaholics but like to enjoy during and after the work. We organize parties and invite friends. We have also lots of fans of this Quinta and they visit us regularly for work and fun. We are music addicted, we like live music but we also have a big sound and video system (contrasting to our primitive lifestyle) to play music and DVD concerts.
In exchange for your help you will get food, accommodation and you can learn new skills.
Hilfe bei Ökoprojekten
Betreuung von Tieren
Hilfe mit Computer / Internet
There is plenty to do. At this moment we need urgent help with the vegetable garden, olive harvest, herding and milking goats, landscape management, firewood, clearing land and all kind of technical things. You can work on things according to your skills and / or you can learn a lot of other things.
We expect dedicated, proactive volunteers with ambition to learn from each other’s
Dutch, English, +/- Portuguese
You can stay in one of our 2 caravans – one of which was provided by a supporter, friend of the project. Conditions are not luxurious.
You can also camp in the summertime if you prefer. We have tents available.
We have a compost toilet and basic (but functional) hot shower facilities.
We are part of a group (Belgian origin) who has lot of experience (3 generations) in all kind of ecological and energy solutions. We are workaholic inventors and we are highly technical equipped.
The group shares knowledge and technical capabilities and supports sustainable projects worldwide. We help communities to become more independent through knowledge sharing on sustainable energy and technology.
We also give initial advice and organise workshops for every budget. We share our equipment with farmers so they can produce their own vegetable oil (from seeds) and food for animals.
And much more ...! Our group is growing and we hope to find people who want to perpetuate and replicate the knowledge and inventions of previous generations, who had the knowledge to make real sustainable solutions.
We have a large stock and several sources of used material of all kinds. We also collect all types of scrap and waste with the purpose of reusing for the building and repairing of other things. We are big promoters of reuse in strict contrast to recycling and we also give workshops about how to dismantle and reuse all parts of every equipment (for example, old washing machines). We have shown recently how to make a water turbine for producing electricity out of scrap material (possible with a car turbo and a washing machine motor). Don’t throw away things! Sometimes we give money for it but most of the times we like to exchange.
Who are we? I am Dirk, a technical “freak”. Christine is a former high educated and skilled nurse, who practice and study alternative methods of healthcare. She makes works mainly in agriculture and aromatic / medicinal herbs. We respect nature and every living thing on earth. We believe in the natural hierarchy and we see humans as a part of that nature, and classify them as a predator, even if they are strict ecologist, vegan or….? We don’t discriminate people about their nature or sexual orientation. We don’t accept the false moral of unnatural and hypocrite society.
We are music addicts and we like lots of styles. We like to organise parties on our quinta.
Finally, “We” are all people who join the project temporarily or permanently to do and implement meaningful things. “We” are the friends, partners and fans of this project. “We must be the change we wish to see”. You can hear it in the song “See Who I Am” from Within Temptation on the album “The Silent Force”, based on Mahatma Gandhi’s quote “Be the change that you want to see in the world”
Join us! Don’t stay on your isle!
Contact us for more detailed information. We assist also in travel information and other details as much as possible.
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Wir besitzen Tiere
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