Help needed on our permaculture farm in South West Alentejo, Portugal

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  2022 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi, we are Claudia and Bart. Our farm is in the early days of development as we just bought it in early 2022. Its situated in the Natural Park about 10 min from Odemira, it is very peaceful & beautiful & a great area to go for long walks in nature, possibly leading you to the banks of the Mira river which isnt far away.

    There is already a decent size garden with a lot of mature fruit trees, but it is a big land and we are now step by step starting different projects to work towards our long term vision for the land.

    Our long term vision for the land is something along the lines of an organic (permaculture) farm & artist retreat where people can come and stay short & long term to practice their art discipline without many distractions and with beautiful nature around. We both enjoy circus arts and practice things like juggling, slack lining, hula pooping & more. Eventually we also want to be able to host and teach an occasional workshop, think of circus related workshops but also yoga, meditation & tai chi.

    Bart has done a permaculture course and we aim to incorporate permaculture principles into our land development.


    Some of the things we are working on at the moment and need help with:

    - constructing terraces
    - water management (swales, drains)
    - stone retention walls
    - pond construction for ducks
    - cleaning the land
    - weeding
    - making plant cuttings
    - checking for ripe fruits & vegetables & collecting them
    - processing fruit
    - collecting sheep shit in the field for the garden
    - and a lot of other different small farming jobs & projects


    It is warm here, it will be nice to have a hat with you to work outside.


    If you think you might want to volunteer with us please read the rest of our profile before sending a request!



    Looking forward to meet you!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals

  • 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

    You can learn about gardening, permaculture, juggling, slacklining, hula hooping and life on the farm.

  • Help

    Help

    We have a lot of different jobs to do since our farm is still very young.


    Some of the things we are working on at the moment and need help with:

    - constructing terraces
    - water management (swales, drains)
    - stone retention walls
    - pond construction for ducks
    - cleaning the land
    - weeding
    - making plant cuttings
    - checking for ripe fruits & vegetables & collecting them
    - processing fruit
    - collecting sheep shit in the field for the garden
    - and a lot of other different small farming jobs & projects

    Some of the work is quite physical so you need to be ok with that. If you have some (specific) knowledge or some experience in gardening/ permaculture or anything else that might be useful on a farm let us know beforehand, it isnt a requirement though. On occasion we might need some help in the kitchen to prepare a meal.

    You need to have a good level of English.

    We are looking for volunteers that want to stay 2 weeks or longer. Please state in your message how long you would like to stay and we can see what is possible. If for some reason the cooperation does not work well for either party they should voice that concern asap so we can see if it can be improved, if not we will go our separate ways without hard feelings.

    We are looking for volunteers who are responsible, independent and dont mind a bit of physical work. We expect 5 hrs of work a day, 5 days a week (mon-fri), a couple of hours in the morning and a couple of hours after the lunch break.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Portuguese: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    We both like to learn more Portuguees, 1 of us is fluent in Dutch and 1 in Spanish.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have 1 big studio apartment available which is shared by all the volunteers. There is 1 double bed and 2 single beds. The apartment has its own toilet, shower and a small kitchen corner.

    Food will be provided 3x a day; breakfast, lunch & dinner.

    All food provided will be vegetarian.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are situated only 20 minutes from the closest beaches & a supermarket at walking distance where there is a bus stop too. In the weekends there are often little markets in the surrounding villages, we visit them sometimes, If we go you can usually catch a ride with us to join if you want too. The Mira river is just a 20 min walk away.

  • 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

    We have a grass field where you could park a campervan, there are no trees on the field for shadow.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours a day 5 days a week





Host ref number: 943363816214