Cimo de Vila is a 17 hectare, certified biologic farm situated in the beautiful mountains of North Portugal. An aspiring community of passionate and kind of dirty internationals and a tiny but intrepid Portuguese woman. We brave the cold wet winters and hot dry summers by entertaining each other with music and conversation, helping each other, and lovingly caring for our plants and animals. Though we have Portuguese and French speakers in our midst, English is the primary language for communication.
We have a variety of projects going at the moment. We produce most of our own food (and ever more) with garden, greenhouse, and field crops. We have a small aromatics business (we produce and sell essential oils, floral waters, herbs, and dried flowers). More recently, we planted a hillside of tea plants, and we're helping a neighbor to start and maintain his blackberry plantation. Besides that, we have a few animals, some fruit and nut trees, and some (currently dormant but aspirational) beehives. One of us is even starting a social enterprise, selling worm farms to people who want to turn their food scraps into compost. We benefit from his experiments.
In addition to caring about how we live and eat, we are passionate about the growth of the biologic movement in Portugal. We occasionally have small groups of people who volunteer to help with larger projects in addition to the presence of WWOOFers, making for some nice lunches and community days.
Regular things to be done include digging garden beds, planting, weeding, watering, mulching, work in the greenhouses, compost making, picking flowers, clearing land, preparation for market day, cooking and potentially participating in essential oil making, jam making, etcetera.
Cimo de Vila is located within (long) walking distance to Celorico de Basto, and Castelo the closest village (15 mins walk), which has 2 cafes (with internet) and 2 restaurants, a grocery store, and a small castle with a beautiful view. Cimo de Vila is situated in the mountains with a view of the valleys and villages below. As well as Celorico and the castle, our property is a lovely and scenic place to explore, with many far reaching views and a few ruins on surrounding lands. Once each week we sell products at a market in Porto (about an hour away). We enjoy good laughs and good conversation. We have a shared room for WWOOFers, and camping is always a possibility. We are open to shorter term, but prefer long term stays (three weeks is the minimum). Spring and Summer are especially busy times for us. We appreciate the assistance we can get!
Alot of people ask about timetables or schedules well,
We don´t have such set schedules. We work according to what needs to be done, how many people we have, and the weather. There are no set hours for WWOOFers. Some tasks are very time consuming but also you have the ability to do other things while completing these tasks, like talk, listen to music, study Portuguese ect, others are more physical and others need to be done regardless of what day it is. On sunny days we will be more motivated and active than on rainy ones, but again some things need to be done regardless of the weather.
And we don't have running hot water, if you want a hot shower or bath it is possible, but you must heat the water with fire.
We expect that you work to your ability and respect the others around you. And we will respect your needs and abilities. WWOOFERs tend to thrive here who are proactive and independent and who are happy to love and care for our space, plants, and animals as if it were their own!
You can call us on our telephone. +351 96 95 74 143 (Lindsay), + 351 964 423 965 (Isabel), or +351 96 25 91 636 (Oliver)
We look forward to hearing from you!!
When can you visit Cimo de Vila?