Help and learn with us on our off grid family quinta in central Portugal

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a young family learning to live off grid and more sustainably on a beautifully peaceful mountainside quinta with our two young children and a bunch of animals! We've worked hard to rebuild and renovate the old structures, reveal and restore neglected and overgrown terraces, regenerating the over ploughed landscape and begin our reforestation project. We have established our growing gardens and spend time caring for the animals that help us in all of this. We have implemented a spring fed, gravity water system which provides water to the house and gardens and we manage an effective humanure system that provides us with lots of amazing compost. Recently we have created a paddock paradise style track system to enhance the lives of our ponies and cell graze the land.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Projets artistiques
    Pratique d’une langue
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Jardinage
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général

  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    We are very lucky to live in such a beautiful space close to nature. Our quinta offers a space for quiet reflection and learning. Here we have begun to implement some of the wonderful things we have seen and observed over our years of study and travel and we want to share in this with others. We have built our knowledge by working and supporting other sustainable projects, completing a permaculture design course and more recently, spending time learning the old ways with our wonderful elderly neighbours. The local people here love to talk about all things but especially about growing, raising animals and cooking! We have been welcomed and accepted into the local community here and enjoy spending time in the village cafe, chatting with our neighbours. We also have many other like minded neighbours of many nationalities who support each other and provide wonderful living examples of off grid living. We are always keen to share our tales of triumphs and failures and to learn more ourselves from the life experiences of others.

  • Projets impliquant des enfants

    Projets impliquant des enfants

    Ce projet peut impliquer des enfants. Pour en savoir plus, consultez nos directives et conseils ici.

  • Aide

    Aide

    There are 9 hectares to get lost in here, with so many beautiful spaces yet to be revealed and so many little jobs in need of attention.

    We are continuing to develop the old granite house and have work ongoing creating bedrooms for the children. We will be opening up further windows and doors, natural clay rendering the walls, lime putty render finishes, lime washing, wiring, plumbing, tiling, etc. ... as well as taking on the external lime pointing.

    The land has changed a lot in the time we have been here but there is still much more to do to reveal the beauty that is hidden under 30 years of overgrowth. We are discovering more and more areas of land and tracks hidden by time. There are hours of fun to be had here, chopping, clearing, chipping and burning. There are also many parts of the old granite walls that have suffered over the years and could really do with some attention from someone who enjoys working with stone and would like to rebuild now that we have worked on clearing the lost lavadas and improving the passage of the winter rains.

    Our permaculture food garden is coming along but there will always be work to be done. We have a mix of raised and no dig beds that need a little maintenance plus we have lots of space to move into and are keen to implement new ideas. We use hot composting methods and regularly make our own cover material for our composting toilet system. Here we safely process our own humanure which completes the cycle back to the garden.

    We keep a few family ponies and are passionate about providing them with the best environment and stimulation. We have built a paddock paradise track system which allows us to cell graze the land whilst encouraging movement and natural grazing behaviours, and at the same time, protect and enrich the diverse landscape that surrounds us. The first track loop is proving to be a great sucess. We would love to expand on this little by little along side the task of planting appropriate fodder trees, herbs and bushes around it.


    There are also different harvests to be carried out seasonally.
    We have 70 Olive tress here, some 100 years old. We conduct the harvest sometime during November/December. We go to a local traditional lagar for the olives to be stone crushed and pressed through reed mats and the taste is just amazing!

    The grape vines need attention a couple of times a year. Pruning takes place in January with the harvest and wine making in September. We use a wood fired oven and back boiler system to provide us with heat for both cooking, radiators and hot water and so we need to manage the woodlands around us, cutting and processes our own firewood between October - march.

  • Langues

    Langues parlées
    Anglais: Courant
    Portugais: Intermédiaire

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  • Hébergement

    Hébergement

    We have a separate private guest house to offer just next to our home. There you will enjoy a comfortable bed, seating area and private shower room with composting toilet. There is a wood burner to make a winter stay with us nice and cosy and a small gas hob for drinks ect and limited solar power.
    We also have a nice campervan, equipped with its own kitchen and bathroom.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful area rich in nature. There are loads of amazing trails to take around the Serra da Gardunha and wonderful river beaches to enjoy dotted around the pretty little villages. There is a festa somewhere close by pretty much all year around and the local community is incredibly diverse. We have three different monthly Eco markets in various directions, a short drive away and yoga and Pilates classes available. The local town holds a market twice a week and has all the usual in terms of shops and services. We are a short drive away from the Serra do Estrella mountains where you can walk, climb, ski or just admire the beauty and wonder of it all. We are also close by to the historic village of Monsanto and the geological site at Penha Garcia. There is also the option of horse riding or dirt bike riding for experienced riders.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

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  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Cet hôte a de la place pour les vans.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

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

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