Bisher 433 mal gespeichert
We came to central Portugal in summer of 2014, having fallen in love with this beautiful place. We - Leon (South African) and Claudia (English) - left our old lives in Turkey and London respectively, to renovate the quinta. In the nearly five years we've been here, we have rebuilt the house, built up a successful business in our self-catering apartment, started our kitchen garden, and are now busy developing our plans for the 4+ hectares of riverside terraces and woodland that we call our home. It is a wonderfully tranquil spot, overlooking a tributary of the Mondego river. We spend our full days looking after the kitchen garden, the dogs, cats, ever-increasing ducks and chickens, and our three alpacas (currently pregnant and due to give birth this spring/summer), but are conscious that we need help to build on our work to date.
We look for volunteers who express an interest or have some experience with self-sufficiency, growing food, gardening, etc.
We were quite badly affected by the 2017 October fires and although we are working on it!, there is still much to do.
Betreuung von Tieren
We are working towards an element of self-sufficiency, growing our own food. We are interested in many principles of permaculture and are looking to implement more. We do not use pesticides on any part of the quinta. Anyone with a passion for and/or knowledge of this type of living would be a bonus, as we are keen to exchange ideas on composting, bio-char making, etc etc
Day to day volunteer work may include cleaning & feeding on the duck terraces, and cleaning out the alpaca stables, and general garden watering & weeding. Previous experience using a strimmer would be an advantage.
This spring we need to totally reorganise our original vegetable garden, but we are also focussing on developing bigger projects. We do a lot of composting, including hot composting, which involves a fair bit of physical labour as it needs turning on a daily basis. Farming is hard work!, so volunteers should be prepared to work as hard as we do.
((( IF you have any reservations at all about hard work, please do not apply!! IF you have any interest in growing things, and are keen and enthusiastic, we look forward to hearing from you !! )))
However, we will never expect anyone to do any work we are not prepared to do ourselves.
(Please note: You would need to have your own travel and health insurance as we do not provide this.)
English, Afrikaans, Turkish
Accommodation (for max 2 people) is a stand up tent (protected from wind and sun), with double mattress, linens provided, access to power, with private showerroom.
Food: we cannot accommodate a vegan diet requirement; we use dairy in our food, and eat a lot of our own eggs. Gluten- and lactose-free food is also something we cannot cater for.
The quinta feels very isolated but is only 12 minutes drive from the local town. The volunteer is welcome to make use of the mountain bikes (good cycling and walking around the quinta), kayak, and fishing rods, when these are not being used by guests.
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Wir besitzen Tiere
Wir sind Raucher
5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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