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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 27994
Country: Portugal

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Last Updated: March 19, 2014

We are a couple, old(ish) in years but young at heart, who have taken on more work than we have hours in the day for or enough hands to deal with.
Our property is a bit of a mess, a cosy mess none the less but we desperately need some friendly, energetic people to help us make it beautiful.
We've been renovating for nearly two years now. The building work is completed and we have now started on the interior. The kitchen, bathroom, dining room, living room are all usable and we are in the process of putting in the dividing walls for the bedrooms and landscaping the garden area around the house.
The property is what's know in Portugal as a quinta, a small farm or small holding. We have around 2 hectares of land which includes a large organic vegetable plot with a HUGE poly tunnel, an olive grove and woodland. We have 2 goats, 4 chickens, 2 geese, two dogs, a cat and two rabbits and are working on an aquaponics project in order to farm our own fish.
We also foster the occasional dog from the local kennels.
I am a self taught cook by trade and have a cookery web site. I have a big mistrust of the food industry and love the idea of growing and processing my own food. We are both computer nuts and love music of all genres.
Our property is set in the peaceful countryside of central Portugal surrounded by beautiful scenery and rolling hills where you get a true feel for Portuguese rural life.
Most of the work here is physical - gardening, building etc. We have a lot of outbuilding walls that need repair, an outside washing area to convert to a splash pool, concreting and a traditional Portuguese bread oven and smoke house that we would like to get up and running.
We are particularly interested in any one with experience of repairing dry stone walls or carpentry.
We are reasonably new to this life style so if any volunteers have land
management / small holding skills we would be very willing pupils.
We like the thought of people coming here and leaving their mark - a
community project if you like. We are open to ideas for the use of the
land and property.
In return for your help we hope to give you an interesting and enjoyable holiday.

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