We are a semi-retired couple who have lived in Portugal for the last 40 years running many small businesses. We have half a hectare in a large valley in the foothills of the `barrocal´ (the ridge of higher hills running along the north of the algarve). Over the years we have built up a veritable organic`food forest´with a large orchard (20-30 diferente species and one amazing tipu-tipu tree!), an olive grove, several carob trees and a medium sized veggie patch. The sea is 25 minutes away by car ( no easy public transport) but national train line 5 minutes away and plenty to see (typical algarve villages, river walks etc) within biking distance.
Help in the house
We need some strong arms and good sense of humour to help with a variety of small-holder tasks around the house and holding. In August/september Carob picking, in Sept/October olive picking. Year round veggie garden wedding and mulching, firewood cutting, pruning, fence building, house painting, irrigation system maintenance. Fully automatic irrigation, shady orchard, sunny veggie garden.
Full bedroom and bathroom available in separate house to host on the property. Internet, wifi and access to own mini kitchen.
Knowledge Exchange on fruit and veggie gardening in warm climates, irrigation design, water management, living in the south of europe. Close by to beaches, genuine algarve local villages (Alte,Paderne). 30 min from the old moorish capital of the algarve (Silves) with red sandstone castle and cobbled streets. Local fresh markets sell local fresh sheep cheese, great fish and local fruit and veg. Local specilaities of cakes and tarts made with dried figs, carob and almonds.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
3 in summer, 4 in winter