Join a small eco-farm in north central Portugal
Volunteer at Qta Regadinha – We are a young couple with some experience in self-sufficient living that in 2015 got a piece of land close to a small growing community of close friends in a beautiful valley at 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 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 nature, singing with friends and doing yoga 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 practising it since 2008, with the help of volunteers, interns and apprentices. He enjoys sharing and making music with friends.
What type of host are you? 🏡
What are you looking for help with?
- Animal keeping 🐓🐴
- Building 🛠
- Farming/Gardening 🌿
What’s the mission of your community? 🎯
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 root cellar with earthbags and a workshop with a green roof. 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 horses, goats, sheep and chickens to regenerate pasture where we plant trees and shrubs in order to convert it to a poly-crop system. Some small earthworks like dams and swales 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.
How many volunteers could you host? 🎎
- More than two
When would you need volunteers?
April to December 📅
How many hours of help per day? ⏱
5 hours of help per day
How many days of help per week? 🌒
5 days per week – 2 days off
Note about the volunteer work and other expectations 📝
During Spring (April, May, June) and Autumn (October, November and December) we need help for around 5 hours/day and 5 days/week according to goals. You will have a camping tent with a mattress, blankets and shared facilities (kitchen, dry toilet and hot shower). We provide the same basic healthy ingredients we use for cooking our own food. During these busy months of farming activities, we ask people for a minimum time stay of 4 weeks.
During Summer (July, August and September) we only need help for around 3 hours/day and 5 days/week according to goals, therefore we only provide accommodation (camping tent, mattress and blankets) and shared facilities (kitchen, dry toilet and hot shower) so, you buy your own food (we sell fresh, fermented and dried vegetables and herbs and eggs). Minimum time stay of 2 weeks.
Are accommodation and food included? 🏠🍜
Yes, we offer food and accommodation
What type of accommodation can you provide? 🏕
- Tent 🎪
Diet – nutrition information 🥗🥤
In the Spring and Autumn, we provide the same basic healthy ingredients we use. In the Summer you can buy vegetables and eggs from us. There’s also a natural pool in the stream and according to the season, mushrooms, edible and aromatic plants, berries, acorns and chestnuts.
Fees transparency 🆓🔍
No fees. Donations for infrastructures maintenance and gas is provided for cooking and keeping the shower hot are gratefully accepted. Please bring with you your own biodegradable hygiene products and/or you can buy our soaps.
VISA – could you provide Visa support/info/invitation letters? 🛂
No! we cannot help with Visa/invitation letters – similar requests will be ignored. ❌
Volunteers’ benefits 🏆🏅
This year at Quinta Regadinha will need help maintaining the vegetable garden, implementing and maintaining food forests, building simple structures with roundwood and recycled materials, harvesting herbs, vegetables, fruits and processing them, farming maintenance (cutting and caring fire-wood, moving electric fences and farm animal summer shades, cleaning the stable), enjoying life, sharing experiences and much more…
What to do in the free time 🚴🚣🦒
In north Portugal, we have a strong culture of family agriculture that is still practised by beautiful old people and some young new amazing neighbours. 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!
English or Portuguese
We are located in Gouveia, in 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 are two villages close to us: Linhares da Beira (+/- 5km), a 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 car that we use often to bring needs from outside but there’s also a bus passing in Figueiró da Serra every day at 9 am that goes to the closest town (Gouveia +/- 20km) and comes back at 5 pm.
How to get to your site ✈ 🗺
Is there internet access? 🌐
Yes, but not very strong.
CONTACT DETAILS 🔍📧
Quinta Regadinha website: https://quintaregadinha.wixsite.com/naturalfarm
Hostname 📛 Qta Regadinha
Host Email ✉ – firstname.lastname@example.org