We are a busy couple with a daughter living on a beautiful piece of land in South West Portugal. We grow organic vegetables and one day we want to have our own cows to help us manage our pasture. We are restoring two old buildings here on the farm, managing some forest and cleaning the land between the trees with our tractor. There is a neighbouring farmer who grazes his animals on our pasture for part of the spring and winter months, when you can see cows and goats.
Babysitting / child care
We are using Montessori inspired methods to raise our daughter and attachment parenting which is very interesting to learn about!
As a farm helper you will learn how to grow vegetables organically and a little about land and project management in general.
Our current project is to prepare the soil on some new vegetable beds ready to plant in the autumn/early winter. This can mean heavy digging and weeding. We also have plenty to do maintaining the exisiting vegetable beds, such as weeding, planting, picking off caterpillars and little stones from the garden beds as well as harvesting.
Other jobs include helping to prepare firewood and some help with our current carpentry and/or other projects.
English and Portuguese
You have your own room with a lovely view, a desk, a bed and a fireplace. There is a private outdoor bathroom, just in front of your room. The room is cosy but overall very basic. Internet access is in the main house only and you can use it in the kitchen.
We share most meals with helpers, they can be all vegetarian if you prefer, but we normally eat fish and meat, we try not to use sugar often. We cannot accommodate extreme diets such as raw vegan or paleo. You should be prepared to help a bit in the kitchen, setting the table and with some washing up and if you are able, also some cooking for yourself especially at the weekend.
This is a beautiful place for walking, we have a bicycle we can lend you. I usually go to the beach every so often for walking or swimming when it is warm.
We are set back off the main road but we almost daily go into the town to take our daughter to the creche and you can get a ride with us then.
There are washing facilities.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week