Creating a permaculture homestead in Bombarral, Portugal



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  • Beschreibung


    Hello! I bought a quintinha in the beautiful mild Oeste region of Portugal in May 2021. Come help me turn it into a permaculture homestead. The farm has 7.5 hectares of orchards, pasture and wild forest. It was abandoned for 10 years so there is a ton of stuff to do, but also I like to keep a pretty relaxed pace to enjoy the process. As of now, I have one awesome dog, 2 cats and 3 sheep, and I will soon be adding chickens. Everything done on the farm is with thought to sustainability, both in the design of the homestead, and with the products consumed.

    I started welcoming workawayers last November and have had a wonderful time hosting interesting people from all over the world. I volunteered with workaway myself during my travels, so it is super cool to host other volunteers now. I usually have between 1 - 4.

    About me, I am a 44 year old woman. I left my career in corporate America at 41 to slow travel to interesting places around the world and create a more meaningful life for myself. All that led me here, to my little farm.

  • Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Arten von Hilfe und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Hilfe bei Ökoprojekten
    Heimwerker- und Bauarbeiten
    Betreuung von Tieren
    Mithilfe auf einem Bauernhof
    Zubereiten / Kochen von Mahlzeiten für die Familie
    Handwerkliche Arbeiten

  • UNO-Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung, die dieser Gastgeber verfolgt

    UNO-Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung, die dieser Gastgeber verfolgt

    Keine Armut
    Kein Hunger
    Gesundheit und Wohlergehen
    Hochwertige Bildung
    Sauberes Wasser und Sanitärversorgung
    Bezahlbare und saubere Energie
    Menschenwürdige Arbeit und Wirtschaftswachstum
    Industrie, Innovation und Infrastruktur
    Weniger Ungleichheiten
    Nachhaltige Städte und Gemeinden
    Nachhaltige Konsum- und Produktionsmuster sicherstellen
    Maßnahmen zum Klimaschutz
    Leben unter Wasser
    Leben an Land
    Frieden, Gerechtigkeit und starke Institutionen
    Partnerschaften zur Erreichung der Ziele
  • Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    You can learn about permaculture, building a homestead, and caring for different kinds of animals, and cooking from scratch using whole ingredients. I prefer to host volunteers that are interested in these things. I spent 2 years traveling and using Workaway on and off before I bought my place, so we can share travel stories. I can help you with English if you are learning. I also speak Portuguese and understand Spanish (intermediate for both).

  • Arbeit


    Help me with land clearing and tending, making paths, and figuring out good permaculture solutions. Pruning trees. Starting a garden. Building things from the scrap lumber and metal and other things the previous owners left. Some of it is still partially buried in the yard, so it’s like a treasure hunt. Creating a 'store of found things' from the treasures.

    Also caring for the animals, and introducing new animals to the farm. I am learning as I go, so it will be great to have others to share the experience with. Tending the garden.

    Other things: Harvesting fruit, Turning the small orchard by the house into more of a food forest, Helping me improve my Portuguese.

    I occasionally take short trips, during which the volunteers look after the quintinha and animals.

  • Sprachen

    Gesprochene Sprachen
    Englisch: Fließend
    Spanisch: Gute Kenntnisse
    Portugiesisch: Gute Kenntnisse

    Dieser Gastgeber bietet Sprachaustausch an
    I would love help in improving my Portuguese. I can help with English.

  • Unterkunft


    Volunteers stay in either a shared room with 2 single beds, or one with a double bed for couples. Bathroom is shared with other volunteers and any guests that stop by. You are also welcome to camp if you like. The stars are nice out here and there are some pretty views. Folks in caravans are welcome too.

    We can share meals as much as we like. Typically we break around midday on workdays and prepare a hearty shared lunch. And the pantry is always open. The food is vegetarian (includes eggs and dairy), and I try to make it as unprocessed and sustainable as possible. There are also many cafes and restaurants in the nearby town that serve the usual fare (3km).

    Everyone is to pitch in on cooking and cleaning. I love trying new dishes, and am happy to make some of my favorites. We usually focus on cleaning one day a week, and everyone is expected to tidy up after themselves on the day-to-day. Volunteers are expected to keep their rooms tidy and clean, as well as the shared bathroom.

    I provide shampoo, conditioner, soap, and q-tips, so you can leave those things at home if you like. I also make homemade deodorant which you are welcome to as well.

  • Was noch ...

    Was noch ...

    Life at the homestead is pretty chill. Looking for volunteers who are also chill, with good energy and a sense of humor and adventure, as many of the things we will be doing I will be doing for the first time as well. I prefer to host volunteers that have an interest in living sustainably and enjoying the relaxed pace of farm life. This is a great place to let your stress go and just be.

    Workawayers are welcome to stay between 2 weeks and a month initially, and possibly longer if it's a good fit.

    What to do with your free time - There are a ton of nice views around here, perfect for walks. Feel free to take the dog with you:-) I also have a bike that you can use. Naps in the sun when the weather is nice, which is more often than not. The nearby town is pretty and has plenty of cafes and a nice park.

    The beaches and surfing of Peniche are 30 minutes by car. I can usually be talked into making a trip there on days off. Lisbon is 45 minutes by car or bus.

  • Etwas mehr Information

    Etwas mehr Information

    • Internet Zugang

    • Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

      Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

    • Wir besitzen Tiere

    • Wir sind Raucher

    • Familien möglich

  • Kann Digital Nomads unterbringen

    Kann Digital Nomads unterbringen

    Wi-Fi is by a 4G sim router. It’s speed varies but it is usually good enough for video calls. There are also a couple of cafes with decent Wi-Fi in town.

  • Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    Platz zum Abstellen von Camper Vans

    Dieser Gastgeber bietet Platz für Wohnmobile.

  • Hier sind Haustiere in der Regel willkommen

    Hier sind Haustiere in der Regel willkommen

    Yes! My dog Balto loves it when other dogs come to visit.

  • Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal


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    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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Korrekte Angaben im Profil: (5.0)

Kultureller Austausch: (4.5)

Kommunikation: (5.0)

Gastgeber Ref-Nr.: 639453142364