I am Antonio, 40, Italian.Seven years ago i radically change my life and start to travel since i root in the beautiful hills of western Algarve, 1km from the village of Pedralva.I do not work with accomodation or sport tourism, i am trying to become a farmer, organic and sustainable.
Since less then two years i started my little personal project in a land of 3000 sq mt, where i live with one dog a two cats in a little never finished house in clay and wood.
My place can be uncomfortable from some people and is kind of small, so i like to host people very motivated and interested, even without experience or particular skills.For me is very important the real interest into the self sustainale low cost lifestyle.I also dont do Joga or surf and i am not vegan.
So please think twice if this place fit to you, before contact me.
There is a pretty vegetable garden with some fruit trees, no other animals for the moment.All the project is inspired on permaculture, but i am not a teacher ora a fanatic.Instead i am fanatic of recycling and restoring, give new life on object, buy as less as possible and find cheap solutions.
Most of the work is gardening (planting, weeding, harvesting, cleaning....), there is anyhow also carpentery and clay work, plumbing and some elettricity, anyhow everything is needed to live, i try to do by myself.Of course there are also basic dayly work that is shared, like cooking (i do it mostly, i love it but sometimes i am too busy)waterinr or wash the dishes.
I am also starting with some friends from other farms a new project called CIPO (consorzio indipendente produtores organicos), a group of organic producer of the area working toghether for the delivery and sales of the vegetable and transformation.For this project we have a new land, so means a new big start-up side-project.
I have a big caravan to host people, with a doble and a single bed, that maybe i ask to share with other volonteers.Outside simple compost toilet ( a hole in the ground with a removable frame on top), outside summer shower, winter shower in the caravan, washing machine (plus public big ones)basic elettricty for light or charging, no internet (free in any bar, one in the village), no phone signal unless 10 minute walking uphills.There are nice neighboorhoods and a lot of different projects/realityes around and beaches are 10 km sud or west.