We are a collective of dedicated and hardworking people, who aim to be a living example for sustainable living. Our land has 3 hectares. After 6 years of passionate work, we have transformed this land into productive farm, with self-built wooden houses, aquaponics greenhouse, tree nurseries, among other projects.
We receive volunteers on our maket garden that we grow to supply a local co-op in Janas called Coop Aldea. Staff eats at the co-op restaurant and sleeps at our farm on wooden pods with all facilities available at the farm.
We have various projects and courses that we are organising to spread knowledge and connect people and nature. At the same time, we have the animals and the food production at the farm which need our daily care. We have 1 horse, 2 pigs, 1 dogs, 2 cats, 5 sheep and dozen of chickens and ducks.
Among some of our activities are mushroom production, seed collection, planting trees, restoration of old tools and furniture, rare and various vegetables in the garden, natural&green building, cheese&bread&craftbeer making, eco-tourism, cultural events and "hands-on" DIY workshops, and our local farm shop where we sell handicrafts and own®ional products when we don't go to the market.
We look forward to continuing all the activities and courses that work along with our concept of sustainability. We want to welcome and involve people who share the same vision and bring fresh new ideas to make this place even more wonderful :)
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
We receive many people per day/week/month (volunteers, collaborators, teachers, residents, guests) all from different countries and also within Portugal. You will share with many people different knowledge & experiences and can improve languages.
We have many books here for you to read. Cooking together with people from different cultures also often creates interesting fusions. Most of us are artistically creative, so you can really let your creativity flow and let yourself be inspired by the beauty of nature that surrounds this place.
Since 2012 we have received hundreds of volunteers to maintain the everyday/general tasks on the farm.
At this moment we accept volunteers to support on our market garden.
5 days / week
Areas of intervention:
- All manual field operations
- Watering systems
- Agro-forestry operations
- All maintenance of infrastructures
- All building tasks
- Animal care
- Cleaning and development of production centers
- Weekly fertilization
- Follow and adjust the watering schedule
- Planting and monitoring first week of transplantation
- Wednesday general weeding
- Tuesday harvesting and possible weekend re-harvesting
- Soil preparations
- Producing compost (turning piles, worm compost management)
- Cleaning outdoor compost toilets
- Monday, Tuesday and Sunday (evening) meals for the team
- Keep food storage and fridge clean and owner labeled
- Making and keeping fireplaces on
- Keeping areas clean and organized (30 minutes before the end of the day)
- Support building team at all activities
- 2h a day Mushroom farm: Preparing new bags, harvesting, cleaning
- Animal Care: Horse, sheep’s, chickens and pigs
- Help with Seasonal products: Summer jams, Cider
- Nursery tasks: transplantation, weeding, watering, seeding
- Welcoming new volunteers, touring and briefing them about volunteer tasks and rules
Chinese (Mandarin): Fluent
In autumn/winter/cold/rain seasons, you will sleep in a shared dormitory. We have one big room in the main house for 6 persons, and we are currently restoring another house for 4 volunteers to share.
In summer, it is preferable that you stay on a wooden pod on the camping area. Please let us know whether you prefer to bring your own tent.
You can bring your own sleeping bag. But if you prefer, we can also offer bedding at all times of the year.
Food: All included. Most of the time in the co-op restaurant 500m from the farm.
We follow an open diet (we are not vegetarian or vegan) with ingredients grown organically in the farm + grocery food (not always organic). The meals (from preparation to cleaning of the kitchen afterwards are made by rotative teams with all collaborators). The basic food ingredients are given by the farm.
There is bus transport from Janas to Sintra (UNESCO village) or other places and beaches along the seaside. In Sintra you can take the train to Lisbon (35km away from Janas). With so many people passing by, the probability to have a ride for Sintra/Lisbon or local beaches is pretty high. We also have simple bikes to be used (and many others to be restored if you are skilled in that and can help to improve that service).
There are many beautiful places to see around the area (mountains, ocean and cultural places). The closest beach is 3,5km away/30 min walking/10 min jogging.
In Janas village there are 3 nice shops (with organic food), 2 bakeries, 3 restaurants and a local sport club (with football and tennis court). In the seaside many surf schools with material to rent or classes to take all year along.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
5h/5 days a week