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Area (ha): 10
Persons: 2
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 39214
Country: Portugal

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Last Updated: October 25, 2015

Hey you!

We are two sisters: Vanda and Sandra, 55 and 41, and we have a question for you: have you ever heard of the sunny Douro Valley, birthplace of Port wine? If not, look it up on google, it is worth it!

We grew up there on a beautiful and peaceful 10 ha farm, out of which 8 are vineyards. In the remaining 2 ha one can find:
• An edible garden
• A chicken coop where ducks and chickens are kept together
• An enormous wine cave and a good deal of oak barrels in which Port wine is stored and aged
• An extraordinary library that includes thousands of old books which belonged to our grandfather, an antifascist doctor who loved rock climbing and French literature
• Two houses and a water well
• Olive oil press machines
• A wide variety of sweet-smelling plants
• A whole set of miscellaneous items
• Etc.

Generally speaking, we aim to develop all sorts of social and environmental projects on the farm! We would like to grow, transform and sell local products, to organise guided visits to the farm and its surroundings, to produce a short movie on the roots of our family (this story is way too long to be told now!), to raise honeybees and goats, to grow asparagus, to go greener, to bridge the gap between locals and tourists through theatre and music activities, etc.

However, before we get there, several issues are to be addressed. Contacting insurance companies, cleaning and sorting everything up, identifying and tackling inefficiencies, buying a tractor, etc. are only a few examples.

Would you like to help us develop our project? At the moment the farm is far from being profitable so we cannot offer you any salary. However, if you are interested, we’ll provide you with accommodation and a piece of land where you can grow your own food. Also, you will have a pickup truck at your disposal.

We both live in Porto (about 140 km to the west) but we would most definitely come over for the weekend to spend some time together and introduce you to Portuguese cuisine!

Do not hesitate to contact us for any further information! We’re looking forward to seeing you! :) visit our page :D

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