We are a young couple with some experience on self-sufficient-living that in 2015 got a piece of land in the highest mountains inside the biggest natural park of our country. We need help on creating a Natural Farm to support our small eco-community! Rita is a health-food enthusiast and loves to work with different kinds of art-craft. She likes to explore with Medicinal plants, Fermented food, ways of preserving food and appreciates doing basketry, wool-work and book-binding. Also likes to produce cleaning and hygiene products like natural detergents, soaps and salves. Walking in the nature, singing with friends and doing yoga (now having classes with a new neighbor) are some of the other things she enjoys. Gonçalo is a nature lover with a passion for Permaculture and Natural Farming. Studied Organic Agronomy and has been practicing it for some years now, also guiding internships and volunteers. Enjoys singing, playing didgeridoo and to make music with friends. Until now, with the help of lots of amazing people we build two yurts, a greenhouse dome (toilet and nursery), recovered a ruin for a kitchen and build a rootcelar with eartbags and a workshop with a greenroof. For the volunteers we build a small kitchen, toilet and shower. Also done a stable for the farm animals with roundwood. Made a vegetable garden with huegel beds a small food forest and planted many trees and bushes. We have the help of horse,goat, sheep and chickens to regenerate pasture where we plant trees and shrubs in order to convert it to an poly-crop system. Some small earth works like dams and swalles have also been made in other to extend the already existing ancient irritating system. Unfortunately in 2017 a massive fire went over this beautiful valley but in the same year we were blessed with our first home-birth daughter Dana. With us lives also 2 female dogs and 3 cats besides many wild ones. In north Portugal we have strong culture of family agriculture that is still practiced by beautiful old people and some young new amazing neighbors. You will meet some of those and can get to visit them to chill-out or help on farming maintenance in exchange for services, products or money and learn some knowledge or skills with joy! We are at north-central Portugal, in a mountain with two glacial valleys, a lot of water on lakes, rivers and streams, that you can follow to find abandoned farming and shepherd houses surrounded by wilderness. There's tow villages close to us: Linhares da Beira (+/- 5km), an historical place with a military castle, a local association, a craft-shop, a cosy bar, a gourmet restaurant and two hotels ; Figueiró da Serra (+/- 2km), with more vivacity has tow local associations, a grocery-shop, tow bars and a hotel with restaurant. We have a 2 seat car that we use often to bring needs from outside but there's also a bus passing in Figueiró da Serra every day at 9am that goes to the closest town (Gouveia +/- 20km) and comes back at 5pm.
This year we will need help maintaining the herb and vegetable garden and the food forests; building simple structures with roundwood and recicled materials; harvesting vegetables, wild herbs and fruits and processing them; farming maintenance ( moving and cutting fire-wood; moving electric fences and farm animal summer shades;cleaning the stable). During April, May, June, October, November and December we need help for around 5 hours/day, 5 days/week according to goals. You will have a camping tent with mattress and shared hot-shower, dry-toilet and kitchen. We provide the same basic healthy ingredients we use for cooking our own food. During July, August and September we only need help for around 3 hours/day, 5 days/week according to goals, therefore we only provide accommodation (camping tent and mattress) and shared facilities (kitchen, dry toilet and hot shower) so, you buy your own food (we sell olive oil, fermented and dried vegetables, nuts, herbs, vegetables and eggs). There's also a natural pool in the stream and according to the season, mushrooms, edible and aromatic plants, berries, acorns and chestnuts. Please bring with you your own biodegradable hygiene products and/or you can buy our soaps.
Being in quinta da regadinha was just a really good experience regarding many many things, the people itself, the environment, the structures and the garden it is just a super interesting place to learn and keep the sustainable jorney, learning and praticing is the best moves in a place like this, as sharing good
Thank's to all :)
6 months ago
I have passed 1 month in Quinta Regadinha and it has been a really good experience. It has been my first work away and I am really happy. Rita, Goncalo and Dana are really kind and they are happy to help in every work, and explain if you have doubts. The activitis were divided between the constructions and the garden. The moment I was there we were working for 3 hours each day. The volunteers had the meals in our own kitchen, what was really nice for cooking all together and know better each others.
9 months ago
Hey ! My name is Célestine, I come from France and I have spend 1 month at Quinta Regadinha. Gonçalo, Rita and Dana them daughter was the most nice people I have meeting. They have learn a lot of things to me, there was a very good athmosphere with the others volunteers. The landscape are wonderful, I hope to come back again one day.
almost 2 years ago
I am happy about this staying. It brought me the opportunity to know more about an alternative way of living, a really peaceful one and definitely not against nature! During this 2 weeks I enjoyed working to improve the Permaculture Farm. I felt I was in paradise, surrounded by water, plants, animals and very nice people. I am glad for Gonçalo and Rita because they have reached their dream of living more in contact with earth. Also fell in love with their lovely daughter Dana.
Muito obrigado ❤️
almost 2 years ago
I expected to practice my portuguese and learn something about Permaculture, but I didn't learn anything. Just wasted my time and money. Volunteers don't work with the host, and outside working hours, the boss, I mean the hosts stay on one side of the property and the volunteers on another side. Really felt like an unpayed job. I was happy to see others volunteers arrive, because the first days it was just me and the spiders (don't stay in the roundhouse if you don't like to wake up with spiders on your face)..and flies, millions of flies.
There was no wifi but a guitar. That was cool.
almost 2 years ago