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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 48
Persons: 1
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 47917
Country: Portugal

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Last Updated: July 27, 2018

This is a bio-dynamic farm started 1/3/16, we focus on sustainability , produce most of what we eat ., grow a rich diversified variety of plants see website for more details.
We offer also a BnB based on the farm, so work and tasks around it and care for the guests is part of the life here.
We offer a environment free from unhealthy pollution from electromagnetic wireless radiations.
This place is :
1) a place for one woofer at time for 2 weeks (sometimes longer...) to experience the place and maybe learn
if it is the two of you who wants to come together it is also possible if you are independent sleeping in your own tent.
2) a place that offers BnB for short, or special agreements for long-term and a place where you can rent a space to camp or establish your mobile home for a short or long term stay , maybe even grow your own garden.
3) a place maybe for a long term stay as a community member but this is of course a long project/story which will also involve from your side to invest in an economical share in order to be here.
We offer the possibility to rent a place for your mobile home,and leave self-sufficient or
eventually be a part of the working team. (contact for more details)

Here i will try to give you an idea of what you could find here ,as a volunteer, in order to see if it can be of interest for you to come here.
gardening , watering takes a lot of time especially in the summer months,

i have experience in farming/gardening, cheese making, baking,
different fermentations (lactofermentation, baking with natural yeast, miso, combucha, water kefir, Rejuvelac, yougurt and more)
After having attended a residential fermentation workshpo by and with Sandor Katz , i am happy to pass on my experiences.
From " Bean to Bar ! " now and then i transform raw cacao beans to delicious
chocolat bars !.....roasting, grinding/refining, conching , tempering , moulding........
WHAT MORE !? = learn how to make chocolate !
Please observe that this " luxury hobby " ( of making chocolate ) does not go under working schedule !

A big part of the life here is about cultivating taking care and transforming the food we
produce, we regularly ferment 4 different kind of milk products,
we regularly bake our bread with our own sourdough starter with fresh grinded cereals from our own mill , different vegetables fermentations and experiment are always actual.
i can show you the right technique how, why, when to prune and how to plant and take care of trees,
both fruit trees and forest, how to propagate plants.
PROJECTS GOING ON on a short and long run...

we are planting a big variety of fruit trees, planning choosing and preparing the soil.
untill now ( march 2018 )
50 MACADAMIA HAVE BEEN PLANTED and some of the trees have flowers allready after only 2 years
30 almonds have been planted
and more then 30 tropical fruit trees up on the hill searching for a milder microclimate to avoid frosts
I am choosing different varieties of the same sort to have a big and wide " spread " of ripeniing time!
I am searching old varieties which are resistant
and don t need chemicals (which i would never use anyhow!)
this searching migth sometime involve very far away travels (to italy! see "omezzoli") in order to get the desired plants.
we are planning and in October the first start doing eco-intervention and reforestation to plant and enrich the biodiversity on the whole farm.
We work with biodynamic seed production ,
we are starting a collaboration with an organic seed dealer .

i am rocket stove builder,and we will be doing some here too.
there is one in the kitchen dowstairs that is being used for cooking beside warming up
even other skills like forex. how to sharpen different tools .
Fire wood making to " feed " the roaring ROCKET STOVES , is an always in between present task.
So as well gardening , cleaning up fields and everything which has to do with improving
farming and gardening.
on the farm (composts!) i use the biodynamic preparations
and the EM1 (effective microorganism).
cows ! have a central roll in
biodynamic farming.
i am especially looking for old unmanipulated
the portugis autocton
" cachena" cow ,beautiful !! is here on the farm
I think myself , that you, who are getting intrested of eventually coming here as a volunteer, is more for the intrest of learning, and experience that special that Shangri-la will offer you , rather
than a place for travel holidays, ( unless you are a BandB paying guest of course )
So did i in my young years learning around in europe by different farmers/gardeners.
But of course everybody is welcome as long you feel interested in the vision.
interested in qigong ? yoga ? i can show you what i can .
I like to show and pass on what i have learned , but of course you
understand that not everything will happen in two weeks and or
just when you are here.
Acoustic musical instruments are most welcome!
If you wonder about something, any questions just get in touch.

This is a working farm.
See website for more details and pictures , we are working physically every day, if you do not like and/or are not fit for physical work, is better you look for something else..
We share all the works on the farm, included house work, kitchen work is not included in the working hours.
the house/kitchen are to be kept spotless clean.
i usually propose a first two weeks to get to know each other , and then we will see further.
If you want to apply , remember to :

1 ) write a description of yourself
a ) something about your life and skills , where you come from and languages.
b) what you are expecting to experience/achieve by coming here.
2 ) Do read the website , so that you do not get surprised when you come here .

Conditions :
6 hours/day ,5 days /week, 3 hours on the sixths day of your arrival free on the seventh day .
As we eat every day , so is even the kitchen/household work every day , even in our days off if you are here and eat here, unless you travel away on your day off of course.
I presume and suppose that you are aware about what it means to be on a farm
out in the country.

schwitzer dutsch si besonders willkommen wil i sehr gern der dialect zuhöre und versuch zum spreche
I have only space for one woofer at time, unless the two of you bring your own tent and gear to sleep in , board of course i stay for !
NON smokers only !, thank you !
NO pets !

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