Join our friendly family and grow a sustainable, off-grid organic farm near Sandomil , Portugal

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Portugal

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  • Description

    Description

    If you are open minded, curious, with a passion for nature, creativity and building community, we would love to welcome you to join our family!

    Our vision is to:

    🌱 Cultivate biodiversity,
    🌱 Build a sustainable working garden, based on permaculture principles
    🌱 Learn from local traditions,
    🌱 Build community,
    🌱 Make art and music together,
    🌱 Eat delicious food,
    🌱 Laugh, fail, and have fun while we do it!

    Skills in gardening, farming and cooking are useful. More important is a willingness to try new things, make mistakes and learn from them, contribute to day to day living, connect with others and bring a positive attitude!

    We love to share our land and our lives with people who are curious about low-impact off-grid living, love nature and being outdoors, and are ready for adventure.

    Under the watchful eye of the Serra da Estrella we are working with the land to create a future for our family and the planet. We're building a local community that thrives, learns and grows together.

    We live a simple and creative life. We strive to contribute and connect with our local village. Join us and you will be part of a new wave of immigrants restoring abandoned farms... and reconnecting to a simpler way of living.

    JOIN US AND YOU WILL BE WORKING ON...

    GARDEN

    We are cultivating a garden based on permaculture principles with fruit trees, veggies, berries and wildflowers. Mulching, planting, watering, tending and harvesting form the rhythm of our lives.

    We have plans to grow and extend our garden and welcome in particular anyone with growing, designing or landscaping skills.

    REFORESTATION

    The landscape surrounding the farm as been impacted by two big wildfires in the past decade, and is currently regenerating naturally through the succession process.

    We are excited to see a mixed oak forest emerging, supported by madronje, olive and chestnut. Contributing to the forest and re-imagining our part in its ecosystem is a long term priority for us. We focus on listening to and working with the land, and are practicing sustainable grazing practices with our goats to evolve a fire resistant forest-based ecosystem.

    LIVESTOCK

    Our free ranging chickens, goats and pigs are an integral part of the farm, each playing their unique part in the ecosystem - eating insects, pruning trees and scrub, turning over the ground, and of course providing manure for our garden.

    Nurturing them and helping us design efficient ways to make the most of their natural talents is an important part of our farm.

    CONNECTION

    We are lucky to be part of a thriving creative community, who love to gather to make music, eat good food, and celebrate the seasons.

    In the summer we take regular trips out to river beaches and to gather with friends. We love to build community and learn from different cultures and traditions.

    LAND

    Our farm is situated in the beautiful Alva valley, walking distance to a small village and with spectacular views of the mountains and forests. We honour the cycles of nature and the rhythms of the seasons and welcome you to do the same.

    We are looking for interesting and interested people. We believe everyone has something to share and through joining together we all grow.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We live in an incredibly beautiful area on the edge of a national park and live as much as possible in tune with the natural cycles and traditional way of life that exists here.

    Local people, permaculture principles, our vibrant immigrant community, contemporary technology and the land around us are our teachers.

    We see our work as care takers of the land a part of a global shift to a slower, simpler, more sustainable way of living that respects and nurtures the earth instead of exploiting it.

    Come here to experience an unplugged, seasonal existence, root yourself in nature, and be part of the new movement of creative young farmers helping restore and protect this unique region.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    - Seasonal gardening duties: Planting, mulching, harvesting, and watering.

    - Help designing the land according to permaculture principles, creating swales and other water conservation systems, and supporting sustainable reforesting and soil building.

    - Animal care - feeding, goat herding, maintaining fences and helping us maximise the contribution of our feathered and four legged family.

    - Cooking and washing up - we love food and cooking and our family meals are an important time for us to connect, share and laugh together every day.

    We try to consider the ecological impact of all our jobs, and ideas are always welcome. As creatives ourselves, we want to encourage our workawayers to feel free to be creative and leave their mark where appropriate.

    This year our focus is on building the garden and integrating it with the rest of the land, including our wild grassland and forested areas, to establish flows and energy loops that will support our future.

    There is also space for child care, inspiring , teaching and playing with our two small children who look forward to asking you lots of questions!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner
    Portuguese: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have dormitory style accommodation in a large canvas bell tent, with compost toilet and shower close by. Mountain views and shade from the big fig tree!

    If you would prefer to bring your own tent you are welcome to find a spot you like to camp on.

    We eat a seasonal, mostly vegetarian diet. We support a local organic veg box scheme as well as the regional market and of course our own food from the garden and eggs from our happy chickens. We're happy to cook vegan meals and adapt to your specific needs!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We can do pick ups/drop offs at the local Rede Expressos stop - buses from all major cities.

    The local area has gorgeous wild swimming spots, river beaches and walking in the hills. We encourage you to explore and connect to the very special natural setting, watch the stars, discover the hidden waterfalls and make friends with the trees.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

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