An organic farm near Monsanto, an historic beautiful village in Central Portugal

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  2019 

 Estancia mínima:  Una semana o menos

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  • Descripción

    Descripción

    Who are we?
    We are Karo and Ben from Germany / USA. We are both in love with the idea of living a sustainable life in close alignment to nature. We want to create a home for us, our friends, family and guests and whomever we will cross paths with and connect on a deeper level. We don't know exactly where this project takes us but the journey so far was and is the best thing that could have happened to us. We felt empowerment, frustration, learned so many life lessons and connected so much deeper to nature which we find magical, challenging and humbling at the same time. 

    The land and our ideas (so far):
    We are here since 1-2 years and it feels like the beginning. There's still a lot to explore here, the land is varied, and so is the kind of work we'll do: Gardening, planting, pruning, clearing, landscaping, irrigation + more
    This piece of land is an old Portuguese farm that we are gradually restoring and turning into a retreat and healing space, for both the land itself and the people taking care of it or spending time there. We want to build, farm, and be self-sufficient as much as possible. We want to learn from the work we do and hopefully from you and your experiences. It is a labor of love, we are not trying to make a profit, just live a healthy and happy life in a quiet and peaceful place with lots of sun and clean air and clean free water.

    The land is varied in topography and has diverse vegetation. The olive orchard has some really old trees. There are also remnants of a vineyard, orange and fig trees in need of pruning. There are beautiful terraces with dry-stone-walls up to two meters, overgrown with ferns, brambles, young oaks and wild fruit trees. Old agricultural wells dot the land, and a mixed forest of mostly oak, pine, mimosa and eucalyptus stretches over about a third of the land. The land consists of a valley and two ridges. The valley collects enough water to form a small stream in the winter and early spring.

    The many granite boulders and rock outcrops make this land unsuitable for large-scale farming, but ideal for the creation of many small growing plots with microclimates, sun traps, as well as relaxation zones, tree houses and many other cool projects.

    Over time we’d like this to be a permaculture experiment with a thriving orchard and vegetable garden, medicinal herbs, greenhouses, cisterns, irrigation systems, bees, animals and more. Habitation for friends, family, guests, and volunteers will include renovated stone-buildings, treehouses, and other structures.

    There are many other projects we’ll get going, hopefully also with your involvement and ideas.

    Accommodations and facilities:
    We can offer a spacious bell tent or a small caravan. Both are for 2 people (a child would be possible in the bell tent, in the caravan maybe a bit challenging). 
    The caravan has a mini kitchen and a fridge (but no running water yet, there is running water at the main house and where the solar showers are). We'll provide a little water tank so that you can make coffee/tea and cook small things if you want.
    We have two solar showers on the land, in winter we will set up a shower with warm water at the main house that you can use. And we have a composting toilet in place. 

    Autumn 2019 / current projects: Starting now and the whole autumn / winter we'll be focusing on:
    - gardening
    - finishing beds and irrigation system
    - processing food
    - tree planting
    - swaling the land
    - building a porch
    - stone work 
    - wine and olive harvest
    - building a second goat shelter
    - building little bridges, stairs and railings
    - renovating the composting toilet
    - pruning trees esp. the olive orchard
    - If you are interested probably tiling in the main house will come up soon.

    The work we do is dependent on the wheather and month and also you and what you are passionate about. We can talk and see what makes the most sense :)

    Some things that are important for us:
    - We only share one car, so we can not provide any spare car for trips in the surrounding area and we can not commit to go with you on trips. You can go for walks in the area but any kind of shop / restaurant / bar is not in walking distance. Therefore it's good when you are mobile with your own vehicle. 
    - We will provide (super) good food :) and a comfy and nice place to sleep for you. We don't expect any specific skills from you and we won't make you do anything you don't want to do. What is important for us is an openess for new experiences and to try out things you maybe have never done before.

  • Tipo de ayuda

    Tipo de ayuda

    Jardinería
    Construcción
    Mantenimiento / bricolage
    Cocinar / compras
    Ayuda en una granja
    Otra
    Ayuda en proyecto ecológico
    Ayuda en casa
    Ayuda con animales
    Ayuda con idiomas

  • Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de las NU
    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
  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    There is loads to learn and explore, both about what we're doing on the land, and also in the nearby villages, with and among the Portuguese and other expats. In the last years a very nice community of people formed in the area supporting and inspiring each other.

  • Ayuda

    Ayuda

    We have a wide range of activities and types of help here, including planting, gardening, clearing, landscaping, trail-building and maintenance, irrigation projects, pruning olive and fruit trees, chopping firewood, cooking together, and exchanging ideas and stories. We are also planning on building a greenhouse and treehouses and other chill areas. The land is so varied and diverse, with so much different vegetation, the possibilities are endless.

    Current plans autumn / winter 2019:

    - gardening
    - finishing beds and irrigation system
    - processing food
    - tree planting
    - swaling the land
    - building a porch
    - stone work 
    - wine and olive harvest
    - building a second goat shelter
    - building little bridges, stairs and railings
    - renovating the composting toilet
    - pruning trees esp. the olive orchard
    - If you are interested probably tiling in the main house will come up soon.

    The work we do is dependent on the wheather and month and also you and what you are passionate about. We can talk and see what makes the most sense :)

  • Idiomas hablados

    Idiomas hablados

    English, German, (some) French, (little) Portuguese

  • Alojamiento

    Alojamiento

    Caravan and Tents.

  • Algo más...

    Algo más...

    There are some lovely, quaint old villages nearby. Also some lakes and rivers for swimming and fishing. Backroads with amazing views over the rolling hills and old roman bridges and ruins. Spain is only 30 minutes away. Boom festival grounds are very close by as well.

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    Un poco más de información

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    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    Dos

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    Horas esperadas

    about 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Bee feasting on Rosmarinho (lavender in Portuguese)
Goat whispers... lol :D
Winter light beaming across the land, refracting in the frost-glazed grapevines
Taking a break from olive pruning
There is always time for the hammock, esp with a nice cup of coffee just after sunrise :)
Nearby village of Monsanto, at sunrise, as seen from the trail that leads up to the old castle
Número de referencia de anfitrión: 586327171859

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