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Benfeita
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2-5
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 44224
Country: Portugal

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Last Updated: June 12, 2016

This is an old farm in an abandoned hamlet located in the Serra da Acor in Central Portugal. We are Jean (27) and Mara (26) from Belgium and Holland. Nine months ago we moved in to the farm and immediately started to work the land.
There is several old natural stone buildings that need some restoring, and a lot of land with olives, vineyards, fruit trees, over grown areas, water springs, brooks, vegetable fields, woodland.
A lot of the work is in the vegetable gardens.
The land is divided in terraces and quite mountainous. Getting your way around the larger valley can be adventurous!

We've started an big vegetable field and are selling weekly organic vegetable boxes. Our aim is to have an organic smallholding embedded in nature, using permaculture principles and aiming towards self-sufficiency.
At the moment we are finishing renovation work on a small building, using a lot of cob and learning carpentry skills. We are fully off grid, but solar powdered and using water from our springs.

The village of Luadas is just 5 to 10 minutes away and has a nice bar/ with a view overlooking the mountains and valleys. Here you can get nearly anything.
It's a cozy village with friendly people whom are very welcoming.
Around these villages and valleys there is a lot of stuff going on: alternative markets, movie nights, transition movement, permaculture projects and social happenings from time to time.

Not very far away there is the beautiful waterfall of Fraga da Pena, a national park, and above us is a very nice mountain area.
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- Planting, watering, mulching of fruit trees.
- Sowing and planting annual vegetables
- Weeding the vegetable field.
- Establishing the fores tgardens
- Harvest ( olives, grapes, fruit, chestnuts)
- Firewood
- Restore water systems
- Land clearance
- Woodland management (cutting, restoring tracks, promoting the native forest)
- Some cob projects: Cobbing walls, building oven,
- Woodworks: new compost toilet, tables, prepping wood, all kind of.
- Baking bread, preserving harvest: juices, jams, wine, oil etc.
- We do not provide any insurance.

Accommodation

At the moment we are still in a pioneer phase.
Facilities are basic.
From springtime to the autumn camping is a great option (if necessarily provided).
For the wintertime: we have a bed in the living space where the stove is lighted, it's a warm and dry space. During the day other people might use the rest of the room also.
We have a caravan.

We do have solar power, and limited Internet access.

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