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Santa Clara a Velha
All Year: not August..it's too hot
Area (ha): 5.6
Persons: 1 to 6
Category: Other
Host ID: 1988
Country: Portugal

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Last Updated: February 27, 2018

FEB/ MARCH 2018; URGENT HELP NEEDED !! see below....

On the edge of a beautiful lake in Southern Portugal is a steeply wooded valley,where I have an on-going woodland conservation project. Solar panels supply my energy needs and pump water from the lake,as part of the aim to create a sustainable lifestyle. I intend eventually to offer natural retreat Yurt holidays and craft workshops but at the moment need help with the following;
The organic vegetable and herb gardens: I follow traditional organic methods rather than permaculture,( although I incorporate some principles.) My vegetables grow in raised beds, in which I am aiming to improve the heavy clay soil with compost and manure, and am experimenting with a combination of mulches and drip irrigation.
Woodland management: making and maintaining paths and steps, especially in the wake of damage done by wild boar.
A major tree planting project is underway; we are preparing a hectare of land by clearing invasive shrubs and hope to plant 100s more native trees this winter, now that we have started the " Forests for the Grandchildren " project in earnest
Accomodation is in one of two refurbished vintage caravans, with good bedding.
Good, (mainly vegetarian) meals in a friendly atmosphere, and the odd glass of local wine are your rewards.. enjoyed in the main house where you can also use my lovely bathroom, with its very good shower.
I need friendly,helpful, independent people who are happy in a quiet, beautiful and very isolated situation, who can cope with hard physical work, ( even in rainy or hot weather!) and who have a sense of humour. We normally work about 5 hours a day, 5 or 6 days a week, though if you want a different arrangement, that is negotiable.
If you think you fit the bill and would enjoy sharing this very special place, please contact me.
I have spaces where camper vans can park, with lovely views of the valley.
Internet; I now have unlimited wi-fi, so volunteers can access the internet.


Volunteers have helped to make my dream of planting a forest begin to happen; 350 holes were dug on the top of the hill, and about half have already been planted; some with baby oaks which we grew from acorns, many with Medronheiros and other native trees ...

As well as the usual willing helpers, I am looking for someone with woodworking skills , and also for someone who would like to live on my land independently long term.

URGENT Update; Feb 2018;
I urgently need help and am now accepting helpers from the beginning of March
There is a lot of work to do, as new Fire prevention laws mean that I have to clear large areas of my land of shrubby bush. I would like to get a small group of helpers here as soon as possible, to do this work by hand , as this would be more eco-friendly than using machinery... and, if we can get a useful team together, we can help others in the area too....

You might like to see this video, made by a recent helper;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXdsSmmUnR0&feature=youtu.be

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