All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 14
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 60403
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Last Updated: June 27, 2017
We're a couple in our thirty's, almost two years ago we brought one of the abandoned "casais de folgosinho", featured in the documentary "Ainda Ha Pastores". Recently Sam's brother Joe has joined us. We feel a strong responsibility to bring this place back to life and to show it the respect it deserves.
Me (Emily) and Sam spent 3 years travelling and volunteering here in Portugal before moving here. During our travels we have learnt a bit about permaculture principles, wild food and organic farming. In our previous lives, Sam was a sheet metal worker, me a digital designer. We want to use all our previous experience to work towards a sustainable future for us and this beautiful place we are blessed to be living.
This is a very special time for us as we are just starting here (our second year), although people have lived here for over 300 years. We would want them to be able to see that we are caring for this place as they did. We welcome anyone to share there time and knowledge with us here, to create something beautiful.
We need help shepherding the goats, gardening, building, clearing and day to day stuff.
We have 14 goats, that need shepherding every day. Also 3 cats, 2 dogs and 4 chickens.
Opening the very old irrigation channels, an ongoing job that requires lots of clearing and digging, however very satisfying seeing the water flow along the land.
Gardening and transplanting fruit trees along the irrigation channels.
Creating a fruit garden, fencing and planting.
Building a duck house.
We are rebuilding our house.
Gardening and transplanting fruit trees.
We want to reforest a large area with native trees.
Volunteering Hours - 25 hours a week - Approx 5 hours a day in the mornings.
Our routine is dictated by the season and our animals. At the moment....
Breakfast at 7am.
Milking and watering 7.20am.
The afternoon is free for you to enjoy as you please.
We do ask for an extra (optional) help with shepherding the goats and watering in the evening, currently 7pm-9pm, on rotation with everybody here, so its not everyday, but this isn't work, its a nice job. Also help is required with daily tasks, that are necessary to live here, for example picking vegetables and washing up.
On your free days food will be provided, if you are here. We do visit the local river beach when it is too hot, local towns, villages and can take you sightseeing, to our friends farms and parties.
Ideally minimum stay of 2 weeks, as it takes time to get to know the place, and the animals. Long term volunteers welcome, provided we work well together.
We have a belltent and a small tent. Very basic! But the most beautiful view of the highest mountain in Portugal just outside the door. Or you can bring your own tent or camper.
Our facilities are also very basic, temporary compost toilet (a bucket), no mains electric or water, (we have a solar system and water from springs and the stream).
We do have some internet and you can charge your phone etc.
Also as we are pretty high up, it gets cold at night. It can also be very hot in the day, but be prepared this is on top of a mountain so its not the super hot climate that most people think that Portugal has. We can have a fair amount of snow in the winter.
Please bring suitable clothing, as it can be very hot in the day and cold at night, even in the summer.
Please bring waterproof foot-ware, as even in the summer the grass is very wet in the morning up here, and we have a lot of water around.
We provide three meals a day, we eat a normal diet. We use seasonally available fruit and veg.
We make our own sourdough bread, cheeses, yoghurt and meat products your welcome to see or help with this while your here.
Breakfast with tea or coffee. If you need additional tea or coffee please provide this for yourself.
There is a cooked meal for both lunch and dinner. Help with picking salad and preparing meals is appreciated.
We can cater for vegetarians as we rarely eat meat. We do eat milk, cheese, eggs and (goat meat occasionally) as we keep chickens and goats. If you are vegan you may need to supplement your food, as we cannot cook extra meals.
Help us bring life back to this special place on top of the world.
Learn new skills and technics by helping here, and we hope to also learn new things from those who come.
Learn a bit about making dairy products and baking.
Enjoy the amazing view of the highest mountain here in Portugal.
Walk for hours without seeing another person or any evidence of man.
You can enjoy being alone with the mountains up here, the most beautiful views, walks and nature. it is very quiet. It takes a 40min drive to get to any towns. The nearest villages are 6km away, and are very old beautiful villages. We visit a local town around once a week, and occasional local events, you are welcome to accompany us. There is paragliding off the edge of the mountain near us, for 50 euros in the summer months.
We can collect you from a nearest town, but nowhere is near to us here, so please communicate well about your arrival.