Figueiredo das Donas
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1.5
Persons: Up to 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 99750
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Last Updated: August 27, 2020
ABOUT US AND OUR PROJECT:
Hello travelers! We are Mick (37) and Danny (31), both from northern Italy and we have been living in Portugal since summer 2019 with our dog nina, our cat mimi and 5 chickens so far. After years of traveling and great adventures, the desire to settle somewhere grew ever greater. So we started our search and found our paradise here in central portugal!
Our place is located near Sao Pedro do Sul, in the middle of nature, wild native forest and borders with a beautiful river. It is about 1.5 hectares and luckily we have our own drinking water from a spring. We are still living in our motorhome, but future plans are to build a wooden house and other facilities.
Last year we were mostly cleaning the land, as it has been abandoned for over 20 years. We have installed an irrigation system, planted lots of fruit trees and created a big vegetable garden that we would like to continue to cultivate with you.
Our goal is to live as self-sufficient as possible, in harmony with nature and living beings, turn the land into a beautiful, self-sustainable place using permaculture principles. Later on we would like to get a bio-organic certification for our garden to sell vegetables.
Our projects for the near future are:
1. To build a outside lounge with kitchen and hang out facilities. With this lounge, everyone of us has more space and privacy and we have a nice common place for cooking and evenings together.
2. Renovate one of the sheds, where the workshop and the storage room is going to be.
3. Install the irrigation system around the land. It makes watering easier and we hope that we can protect our paradise in the event of fire.
4. And of course maintaining, planting and harvest the vegetable garden.
This tasks we may expect from you:
GARDENING: weeding, seeding, planting, harvesting, watering, mulching, preparing new beds, composting
CONSTRUCTION WORK: outdoor kitchen/lounge, renovating the shed, finishing the irrigation system
WORK ON THE LAND: plant care, clearing the land/ forest/ fire prevention
FOOD CONSERVATION: we have a large amount of tomato plants that need to be conserved or dried, make jam, dry herbs, this year we want to experiment with the fermentation process of vegetables etc.
DAILY WORK: cooking, cleaning, beaking bread.
We both love to cook, but we also like to be cooked and try new dishes from someone else. Our meals are mainly vegetarian, we eat meat on rarely occasions.
We are expecting form you to help us 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Two days a week you are free to do whatever u want. Once a week we also take a day off to do something else, visit friends, see nice places or simply enjoy life. As it gets very hot here in the summer, we prefer to work in the mornings and/or evenings.
We will respond to your needs and personal interests and will surely find tasks for you, as long as you don't fear to get dirty hands. However, it should not be forgotten that a farmer's life is also associated with physical hard work.
CULTURAL EXCHANGE AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES:
At our place you can learn about permaculture, building with natural materials, metalworking, mechanical stuff, landscaping, pruning trees, ecc. If you're interested in learning one of the languages that we speak, we can teach you something. But we also look forward to learn new things from you!
We were both travelling for a longer period of time, so we can share traveling adventures and experiences.
As we live here for less than a year, our place is still very basic. The accommodation will be in tents or in hammocks with moskito net or (if you have) you can also park your van wherever you want. You can have a hot shower every day in our solar shower and also you can use our internet and charge your electric devices in our motorhome . We also have a small washing machine in the motorhome, where you can wash a small amount of clothes, wash by hand or use the public washing machines provided nearby.
In the winter it would be better if you come with your own van/camping car, because it can get cold and wet. We have plenty of space here, so you can choose where you want to stay.
Your pet is also welcome, as long she/he is good with dog, cat and chickens.
We would like to have a minimum/maximum stay for approx. 7-14 days to get to know each other well and when it suits for all of us, the stay time also can be unlimited...
We provide 3 meals 7 days a week.
What to bring: head torch, if you prefer your own sleeping bag, otherwise we provide them, enthusiasm and good vibes!
German, Italian, English, Basic Portugese and some Spanish:
We live outside of a small village, and 10 minutes by car from Sao Pedro do Sul. There you will find supermarkets, the weekly market, bars, busses, laundry service and everything you need. Here in this area you can find beautiful, secluded waterfalls with pools, lots of hiking trails/mountains, river beaches and also climbing/bouldering areas can be reached by car. As well you can relax in your leisure time by our beautiful river, take a swim in the middle of nature and quietness. 30 minutes from us is the city of Viseu. We can also pick you up from there if necessary, better though is Sao Pedro do Sul. Porto is 1h20min away, Aveiro and the nearest beaches 1h.
A LITTLE MORE INFORMATION:
We have internet access