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Off-grid, Self-sufficient living on our mountain farm in Figueiro da Serra, Portugal

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  2024 

 Min stay requested: at least a week

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  • Description

    Description

    Ola and welcome to our volunteer page


    **Special Request**

    Who wants to Farmsit our slice of paradise?

    Im Looking for
    a HANDS ON- PRACTICAL, SELF-RELIANT NATURE SOUL, or couple, to farmsit our slice of paradise for 1,5 months in the beautiful remote portugese Star-mountain!
    July and August.

    Our Place is completely off the grid and out in da Bush but with a nice community of like minded souls spread around trough the surrounding valley.
    Some Basic experience is required on offgrid/ self sufficient lifestyle and especially the love for natural basic living.
    You will have the Veggy garden to enjoy and maintain a bit, dogs, cat and chickens as company and the sprinklers/ irrigation system to take daily care off and maintain as its fire season.
    Taking care of the irrigation system will be the most important job to do as its needed to keep the farm green and safe trough summer. 
    it doesnt take much daily time at all but does need a practical person that is able to make a repair on the water pipes in case of a leak for example.
    You will have our basic but cozy natural stone house to stay in with all the basic facilities available like running water, solar electricity, kitchen, solar shower, compost toilet.
    Two beautiful mountain streams on the land to provide cool shade and magic.
    Send a message if interested!
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    Ola and welcome to our volunteer page!

    We are Clara and Rohan, the grateful owners of this 5 hectare Organic Offgrid farm in the beautiful mountains of the Serra da Estrela, the biggest natural park in Portugal!
    We love living, working & creating together with nature in a self-sufficient positive way. We grow our own veggies, make goats cheese, sometimes brew some beer and other creations, bake bread, grow medicinal herbs and make natural cosmetics like olive soap, natural deodorant and perfume , medicinal creams and oils... lots more!

    We live together on our Quinta ( Farm in Portugese ) with our small heard of cheeky goats, chickens, 2 dogs, Findus the cat, around 20 honey bee colonies and would love to also get a donkey and some ducks in the near future.
    All the animals are part of and contribute to the dynamic system on our farm. Our farming methods are inspired by living in nature, time & experience and by Organic, Bio-Dynamic and Permaculture principles. We believe in working and creating together with nature, building up the soil in our gardens so we can grow healthy crops to feed ourselfs, and our animals.

    We are located in a green vally that's REMOTE. Surrounded by only nature, the mountains, old chestnut, oak and willow trees and clear mountain streams. We have a very nice community of friends living around us in the surrounding valleys who share, each in there own way, a similar life style and we sometimes work and celebrate life togther.

    in the past our Quinta was abandoned for a long time as the local people slowly moved away to the cities and villages. step by step we are bringing life back to the fram. re-opening the old traditional irrigation systems of water channels. Planting lots of fruit trees and bushes. Cultivating crops on the old terraces. We also build a polytunnel as a nursery and to extend our growing season, a small stable for the goats and we created a nice volunteers area. On the land is a old ruine that was build with natural granite stone which we are renovating with ecological building materials. There also is a small but cozy wooden house/ workshop on the land in which we live at the moment and a outside kitchen made with round wood and green roof.

    Meanwhile we are also creating a small educative center on our farm. Here we organize courses and workshop weeks on natural and self-sufficient living.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    At our organic offgrid farm we offer you the oppertunity to exerience our selfsufficient lifestyle. You will learn many skills abouth selfsufficient living and farmlife!

  • Help

    Help

    As a volunteer there is a lot to experience and help out with! Like helping us out in the vegetable gardens and greenhouse. Harvesting medicinal plants, vegetables, fruits, seeds for our own sowing material, nuts, mushrooms and other wildfoods and drying and processing them into many diffrent products like herbal teas, fermented vegetables, fruit juices, jams, flower wines etc. Planting trees, planting and planning the Food forest area. Helping out in natural building projects like the traditional granite farm house and other farm structures. Some general farm maintenance like moving the electric fences for the animals, regenerative landscape maintenance, creating compost heaps and lots more!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    Portuguese: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    As a volunteer you have a shared caravan as a comunial space with woodburner, small indoors and outdoors kitchen to cook food, gas and running water and solar electricity. Ther's a dry compost toilet and solar shower (heating the water only during warm sunny days) and chill out space underneath the big sweet chestnut tree and camp area to puth your tent. In wet and cold weather its also possible to sleep inside the caravan. We also have a comunial tipi and tipi tent available as sleeping accomodation. Just below the camp area is a clear mountain stream with small pools to take a refreshing bath and have a cool siesta time.
    We like to work with the system where you help us out for max. 3 hours a day. In return for accomodation and use of the facilities. ( shared caravan with woodburner, kitchen area with gas to cook food, running water, and solar electricity. Compost toilet and solar shower. Camp area with your own tent or our tipi/ tipi tent) You buy and cook your own food or together with the other volunteers. ( there is a farm shop with a small variety of fresh and preserved products like vegetables, eggs, bread, goats cheese, and crafted beer) In the nature around us you can find fruits like grapes, cherries, figs , blackberries, sweet chestnuts, mushrooms and many edible herbs. Sunday is a day off!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our two closest villages are Figueiro da Serra ( +- 2km.) and Linhares da Beira ( +- 1km.)
    Linhares da Beira is a beautiful historical village with castle. It has a couple of cafes, restaurant, and small tourist shop. Figueiro da Serra also has some cafes and has a small grocery shop where you can do your shopping

    There is a diverse community of nice people living in our close-by area with diffrent projects and activities you could visit like; yoga, tai massage, horse riding, praragliding, a variety of healing therapies, woman circles and a Buddhist center. We sometimes come togther to make music, have a reggae dance night or just to have a good time!
    We live in a beautiful natural area where you can have nice walks and explore the mountains, abandoned farms and other projects.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 887865118471

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