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Host AG127

CONCEPT
The idea is to create a low key, off-grid, experimental self reliant farm with seasonal tourism.
We are Rick, Sanne and Xavi (30, 29 and 3,5). We also have 2 dogs, 3 meat Cows, 1 jersey (milk) Cow, 2 cats and some chickens. We are starting a self reliant project/life and we have been blessed with a gorgeous piece of land to do it on. We want a fun atmosphere and more like-minded people to come and enjoy the ride. We have lived and worked in many places and been inspired by lots of different people and lifestyles. We want to make everything functional with minimal impact and try to inspire people how to live comfortably, minimally. Let us know your skills and interests and sometimes we can try and cater the work to that.

THE WORK
For now it is all hard work, because we are starting a new building project. There is an old ruin we have to restore this winter, which means the next months we will spend most of our time building rammed earth walls (taipa) and later building the roof structure. So we need volunteers that are capable of heavy lifting, digging, getting dirty and using a tape measure and a level. It is hard work and if you're doing it well you'll be tired.

Other smaller tasks on the side include converting a van, building a shelter for our new Jersey cow, clear some land and burning for fire safety, feeding the cows, strimming, sawing, heaving fallen trees. etc to provide us with firewood and to give space for good groundcover to return along the riverside. and some daily routine house tasks.

There will be a little of continual gardening (less so over winter) & keeping the animals. We currently only have cows and chickens.
We like to design the garden following permaculture concepts but for now it is more of a no dig organic garden whilst we get to know our land, climate & species. We are interested in creating more hugelkultur swales. Very often we need to be collecting organic material to add to the garden and keep a good thick mulch, to build the soils and preserve moisture in the ground.

ACCOMODATION
We offer accomodation in our mercedes bus. We have lived in it ourselves for two years and even in the cold nights it stays toasty inside, because of the insulation and the woodstove. Camping is also a possibility, but might be a bit cold between november & april. People with their own vans are ideal too.

There is compost toilet, outdoor heated shower and outdoor kitchen near the van.

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Host information
Region
Algarve
Area
4ha
Animals
cows, chickens, dogs, cats
Languages
English, Portuguese, Dutch
Diet
Eating everything, preferable in local and in season vegetables. Local, grass-fed meat. Waiting for our jersey to produce milk.
Ecological
80%
Preferred length of stay
1 week - 2months
We grow and collect seeds for our own use
Yes
We produce renewable energy (wind, sun, etc)
Yes