Help our family care for a young self-sustaining food forest and biodynamic garden in fully renovated quinta in Central Portugal



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    We purchased a badly neglected property 4 years ago. We have achieved amazing results. We need Workawayer help with our ongoing tasks of reforestation, bringing the vineyard and olive groves back to health and producing wholly organic and biodynamic food. Workawayers are needed in a non-commercial project as our foremost concern is to repair the land. We are experimenting with small scale agroecology projects to explore how we can best bring wildlife back onto the property and create a self-sustaining food forest.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    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 are passionate about teaching land care and mostly land repair, and we have practised biodynamics for 4 years. I have had personal knowledge of permaculture for 30 years which I studied long ago in Australia when it wasn't even a word. I recently completed a local Portuguese diploma in agricultural management. I believe that sustainable small farms are the way forward for our next generations and please prepare for a big download of our knowledge! Portugal is very special and though we are foreigners here (French/Australian) we have fully integrated with our small village community and will be able to tell you a lot about Portuguese history, culture, food and more. You will partake in the village and district festivals and we will drive you to places of interest on your free days if you do not have a car.

  • Help


    We need help all year round with our Quinta and our feather and fur friends. Right now, we would like to repair and paint our fences and start planting our veges and crops. We are still at an experimental stage with bringing our land to a full biodynamic cultivation technique, especially for our vineyard and olive groves. We have been working at converting the land to organic production for 3 seasons and we hope that this year we will have settled all the aspects of an eco organic rural lifestyle that combines with aspiritual approach to land care.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Japanese: Intermediate
    Portuguese: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    I am trilingual. And always practising one of my languages with whoever is interested. So if you wish to exchange, I am very happy to do this!

  • Accommodation


    very comfortable. high speed 5G internet. in the Quinta with owners. lots of space. you will have a choice to either: occupy your personal bedroom (bath might be shared), park your camper van, or bring your tent along. In those latter cases, you will have access to electricity, hot water, bathroom, kitchen. We provide 100% of your food, which you cook on your own or we have shared meals: let's keep it organic. We can cater for omnivore and vegetarian meals. We are not vegan.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Time off: plenty of local sights and conveniently located for individual transport. district town is 40 min by foot. buses can bring you to the regional town where you can hop on express buses to several other regions. We can drop you in town or at the bus stop.
    Work: 4 to 5 hours per day, generally in the morning, with 30 min or so at sunset to bring the animals back to their pen. 5 days a week unless it is vine harvest time (September) or olive harvest (October/November) at which time things get messy! We would discuss with you to which extent you wish to be involved in those 2 harvests.
    How we live and our expectations: let's discuss it with a video call before you firm your visit!

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    5G connected, through cable or wifi at 120 mbps minimum down/up loads. desk in two rooms. However, please keep your morning free to help us on your workaway!

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    You can park on our land, there's electricity, amenities, hot water. You can camp too.

  • 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

Host ref number: 467584564882