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All Year: march to october
Area (ha): 4
Persons: 3
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 27668
Country: Portugal

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Last Updated: October 29, 2014

Dear volunteer

Come join us tending our herbal gardens and bee hives to supply all kinds of medicine that nature can provide.

For the 2015 season our main objectives will be planting our second bigger garden that will enable large-scale production of herbs, and keep developing our beekeeping and all kinds of products from the hive.

Our hosting period goes from March through October, with a minimum stay of 3 weeks. We will be giving priority to longer-term volunteers, who can stay up to 3 months. Because we have limited space and high demand for hosting, the occasional ‘no-shows’ are a loss both for us and other prospective volunteers, so please only contact us if you are serious about coming.

We have no special program for volunteers, you will be working and living our daily routine. Generally work 8-hour days from Monday to Friday (weekends are free). During summer time, we normally work in shifts of early morning and late afternoon. You can expect strong sun and hot weather in Portugal at this time, so come prepared (hat, sunscreen, ...).

The accommodation is in a shaded area next to our herb garden, in the caravan or, in case it is full, in tents nearby. In either case we provide mattress, sheets and blankets. We provide food for all meals but you should be prepared to cook for yourself. Sometimes we organize group meals with other volunteers and projects in the area, where everyone cooks for everyone else.

We mostly use compost toilets. The water for irrigation and shower comes from a well, and all of our facilities are solar-powered.

There are superb walks/cycling routes directly from the farm to the bigger Herdade and lots of nature to be discovered (we are happy to lend a bike).

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