Distrito / Concelho: Guarda, Gouveia
Year project started: 2015
– Available land around this project.
Description of Project:
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 are creating a Natural Farm to support our small eco-community!
Rita (33) 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 (37) 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. He is interested in traditional building technics and now learning Tai-chi with a new neighbor. Enjoys singing, playing didgeridoo and to make music with his friends.
In our first 3 years in this land, we built two yurts for living (with the help of two new neighbors) , a dome for greenhouse (toilet and nursery), recovered a ruin (with the help of one local neighbor) for storage and workshop, built a stable for the farm animals with our own chestnut roundwood. Made also a vegetable garden with hugel beds and already have the help of a horse, goats, sheep and chickens to regenerate pasture where we plant trees and shrubs in order to convert it to an poly-crop 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. We share our land with an other couple with whom we collaborate to improve this place. With us lives also a female dog, Romã, and Mimi, the sweet cat, with her 2 sons, Benjamin and Simba.
Around us there’s some amazing farms for sale for reasonable prices and we’re willing to show them to you and maybe help in the process. We want to share our daily life with people that like us search for a balanced life style opened to change and cooperation. So we hope your willing to practice this principles:
-Work with Nature not against it;
-Value edges, marginal and small;
-See solutions inherent in problems;
-Produce no waste;
-Value people, their skills and work;
-Respect for all life;
-Use public transport and renewable energies;
-Calculate food miles;
-Reduce your ecological foot print.
We are at north-central Portugal, in the mountains (Serra da Estrela) 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 two villages close to us: Linhares da Beira (+/- 5km), an historical place with a military castle, a local association, a craft-shop, a cozy bar, a gourmet restaurant and two hotels ; Figueiró da Serra (+/- 2km), with more vivacity has two local associations, a grocery-shop, two bars and a hotel with restaurant. In north Portugal we have strong culture of family agriculture that is still practiced by beautiful old people and some young new amazing neighbors.