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Ponta Delgada
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 0,2
Persons: 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 17680
Country: Portugal

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Last Updated: August 19, 2016

Welcome to our farm. This is a little place in the western coast of Sao Miguel island, Azores archipelago, where we live and try to be more and more self sufficient. The village, called Joao Bom, is very small and people here are mainly milk farmers. We are 220m above sea level but in one hour walking we can be in Mosteiros which is a sea level village, with a little beach and some natural swimming pools. With a longer walk of two hours, we can be in Sete Cidades which is a wonderful crater of a sleeping volcano. As in two other big volcanoes in this island, water filled up the crater and now it has two large lakes.

Our land as around 1400m2 and being volcanic in its origin, its soil is very fertile. We grow all different kind of vegetables but we also have had some problems. Last two years cutworms were our nightmare!
It can be a lovely garden all controlled or it can be a complete jungle with weeds growing everywhere, it all depends the time we have to work on it! Permaculture is our aim, but we are still far from it!
We have recently bought a little land in Mosteiros with 900m2 but this one is abandoned for more than 20 years so it is full of trees and cannas that we still have to clean it before we can grow anything. If you have a will to spend accumulated energy you're very welcome =)

Our house is an old stone construction and was renovated mainly by us. We have made the walls with lime and used as much wood as possible in the inside. We still have some details to finish and also another smaller stone construction that needs to be renovated. We also have smaller jobs to do as gates, fences, re-tile roofs, compost areas, plaster walls, etc.

We eat mainly vegetarian food but occasionally we also eat fish catch in the sea. We try to eat as much as possible organic food, but the local market is very scarce in organic vegetables and fruits. We eat mainly what we grow and we buy some products to other organic farmers, when available. You will eat with us all meals.

We try to work 6h a day, 5 days a week. As a volunteer you'll be asked to work with us doing whatever is more important at the time but we also try to offer different tasks, to enrich your experience as much as possible.

Depending on the number of volunteers and the time of the year, you may have to camp. We provide a tent and sleeping accommodation. If you come in winter we'll try to have a free room in our house.

We are a Portuguese and a Dutch couple, with a one year old child and a teenage boy. People with children are welcome!
Feel free to ask for more information, and be welcome all of you that want to share different experiences and at the same time meet new people and a new fantastic place that Azores islands are.

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