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At Sobral we are developing an organic and sustainable business model that is perfectly integrated with nature and at the same time connected with the local community.

The activities are divided in two : the “Medronho” (strawberry tree fruit) and producing organic vegetables.

Firstly, planting, caring, picking, distillation and bottling of medronho is the core business of the company. We have an orchard of around 2000 of these shrubs and on top of that we are exploring over 80ha of natural forest where these 'trees' grow spontaneously. The majority of these fruits we use to make a local schnapps that we are now selling in specific stores and bars.

Secondly, we grow vegetables for own consumption but have also started to sell to local restaurants and soon as well to local families.

We are constantly working to improve infrastructures and landscape. We are always looking for motivated wwoofers to help us improve and maintain the vegetable garden and help or lead on specific building projects. From September until January, our main focus is on maintaining the medronho forests and harvesting the fruits.

We are a family of 4 (Afonso - Portuguese, Marieke - Belgian and 2 small boys: Elias and Lucas). We ask from volunteers that they work about 6 hours a day for five days a week. And during free time, we like to go to the beach, surf, attend events happening around and enjoy nature in this wonderful region.

Accommodation: We have a comfortable caravan with 2 bedrooms, a bathroom and kitchennete and the so-called Spaceship, a former greenhouse renovated as a cosy sleeping place with comfortable mattresses. Bed linen is provided. Lunch is shared with the family and breakfast and dinner is organised by volunteers at the caravan.

Schedule: 8:30 to 12:30 morning; 14:00 to 16:00 afternoon.
Wifi: Limited to a mobile router

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Host information
Region
Alentejo
Area
12ha
Animals
3 Dogs, 2 Cats, 6 Chicken, 4 Sheep and 1 Horse
Languages
Portuguese, Dutch, English, Spanish and French
Diet
all diets welcome
Ecological
75%
Preferred length of stay
Minimum 2 weeks
We grow and collect seeds for our own use
Yes
We produce renewable energy (wind, sun, etc)
Yes