Our land is a treasure trove of medicinal plants and wild native flora. Come and stay with us in Alvaiazere, Portugal

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Portugal

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    29/11/2018

 
  2020 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    We are Yael and Vicente. With no known social network presence. A mix of eastern mediteranean, England and south America.
    We love food music dance and learning.
    2.5 years ago we left the life we had with the intention of buying land somewhere in Europe to establish a new life of farming a perma-culture food forest and vegetable garden.
    Having operated for many years at the forefront of local organic fresh and homemade food retail, it was time to put our money where our mouth is and step back down the supply chain to the actual earth side of things.
    We were told everybody is moving to Portugal and decided to come and check what the fuss was all about.
    We looked at the south; we looked at the north, and found our dream plot smack in the middle, part of a beautiful valley south of Coimbra.
    The dream was an ancient wood, and that we have. Majestic oaks that are 300, 400, 500 years old.
    I keep asking, the trees say it isn't polite.
    While travelling around Portugal we came up with another proviso. Not to see any eucalyptus in our line of sight. And that we have too.
    It was lust at first sight and within 2 months of meeting the oaks they were ours. Together with a hectare of farmland which hadn't been touched for at least 50 years, chin high brambles and 4 meter tall screens of rosa canina and others obscuring old olive trees.
    Not much thought had gone into what it means to farm this space in advance of actually doing it. It is an immense project.
    We moved to Portugal lock stock and everything else we own in September 17.
    The serious work began in May 18 with the building of our raised beds. We began planting them at the end of May beginning of June, together with a few rows in an open field.
    We started eating four weeks later and at the moment we are in avalanche mode, terrorised by courgettes aubergines and tomatoes amongst other produce.
    We have a consultant helping us with the principles of the system and a few local hands.
    There is already a wild life pond, we planted at least 200 trees and shrubs, and there are big plans going forward. So much to do.
    There is so much to say about this magical plot, but not right now.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project

  • 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

    This is old Portugal at its very best. A small town, equidistant to Lisbon and Porto. Beautiful topography, gossipy locals, very laid back and very modest.
    Coimbra, an old university town, is around half an hour away and the scenery is superb. So is the weather at the moment. Our land is a treasure trove of medicinal plants and wild native flora. We even have a few cork oaks, an old boy and some kindergarten kids.
    we plan to ferment pickle and preserve for all we are worth. we want a full on larder for winter.

  • Help

    Help

    We would love help with clearing land and preparing it for planting. Hard landscaping, in particular using the stone from the old house which was demolished last week to build steps and borders as well as dry stone walls.
    Painting concrete block walls to jazz up the environment.
    Building a chicken shack and preparing seeds for germination.
    We also need some fencing around a secondary wood in the grounds so that we can invite some ruminants to graze and get a bit of a clean up going.
    The old house which was demolished has yielded plenty material which we plan to recycle upcycle downcycle etc.
    attention to detail coupled with a sense of humour will come in handy.
    oh, and stonemasons will come in very handy.
    NO DRUGS OR DRUNKS. Sorry to be so blunt but we don't have the time or inclination to deal with these issues at this moment.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    english spanish hebrew, a smattering of french german and portuguese.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    soon enough there will be a newly refurbished 2 bedroom house with all mod cons. we reckon a couple of weeks. but this is Portugal.
    you will be required to be neat and tidy in the house maintain cleanliness.
    we provide bedding, and towels.
    food is on us. there is plenty to pick and we will provide the rest.
    you will be asked to help with food preparation. another shared experience.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are on the portuguese Camino de Santiago and this is walking country.
    there are old monastery gardens to visit, Nazare and the serf are around an hour's drive away.
    Lisbon and porto are a swift train ride away from Pombal and they are amazing fun and full of interest.
    the xisto villages are around the corner from where we are.
    river gorges to swim in.
    our life revolves around the farm at the moment, nursing old olive trees for relocation is a priority.

  • 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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    Hours expected

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

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