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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 5
Persons: 2-6
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 21557
Country: Portugal

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Last Updated: September 28, 2017

Woodland management urgently required.

We are Anne and Grant; we own a quinta (smallholding) Vale De Cerdeira (Valley of Cherries) in Fatela near Fundao in Central Portugal we are attempting to live as self-sufficiently and sustainably as possible off grid.
Ours plans for regenerating the land follow permaculture principles and ethics.
Our aim is to create a tranquil and hopefully inspiring environment that can be used and enjoyed by ourselves and others –a place that people can visit and learn about self-sufficiency, sustainability, permaculture and general rural living in Portugal.
We are currently renovating a small barn, which we hope to live in later this year, assistance is required for building a cordwood veranda, managing the woodland, pruning the fruit trees, building a cob oven and general maintenance of the land.
We would want people who are willing to work 5 days a week for at least 6 hours a day, this won’t necessarily be set in stone, the temperature and daylight hours will dictate working hours, but you will be rewarded for your time.
In return for your hard work you will get: A large bell tent or a caravan or a camper-van conversion with bedding and mattresses, fresh spring water, 3 meals a day. We have facilities for charging electrical equipment via solar panels – obviously you will need to bring your own chargers. The use of the internet will be available for emails or quick internet searches only. The opportunity to learn some new skills and good company of course.
We own 2 hectares of land in central Portugal, the land is situated 1 hour from the largest Portuguese mountains the Serra Da Estrela, and these can be seen from our land and provide views of great sunsets. We are currently completely off-grid – drinking water is obtained either from our own spring or from springs in the village, and electricity from two solar panels on our campervan and a compost toilet.
We are located near a village, which has 2 bars/cafes, post office, chemist and a railway station 20 minutes’ walk away. There are a number of lovely Portuguese villages nearby, including 2 lakes as well as the mountains. We are located 3 hrs from Lisbon, there are direct trains/buses to Fundao which is approx. 8 miles away and we can collect you from there on arrival.
Any dietary requirements will need to be discussed prior to confirmation, we have many chickens, therefore eggs are a main part of our diet.
You MUST have your own travel insurance

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