Cimo de Vila is a 17 hectare, certified biologic farm situated in the beautiful mountains of North Portugal. We specialize in essential oils, fresh and dried herbs, vegetables and plants -- all certified biologic and for sale weekly at markets in Porto. We currently have about 10 chickens and have 2 donkeys, and now we have 8 goats. We also have a beehive, extensive (and ever growing!) gardens, and two large greenhouses. Essential oil making and floral waters are two handicrafts we also enjoy. We produce the most (but far from all) of our fruit and veg and are always looking to produce more.
Regular things to be done include digging garden beds, planting, weeding, work in the greenhouses, compost making, picking wildflowers, clearing land, preparation for market day, cooking and potentially participating in essential oil making, jam making, etcetera.
As well as following the biodynamic calender we aim to incorporate as many biodynamic principles into our farming as possible. 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 some nice lunches and community days.
Cimo de Vila is located within (good) walking distance to Celorico de Basto, and Castelo the closest village (15 mins walk)that has cafes(with internet) and 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, 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 we 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. We appreciate the assistance we can get, and enthusiasm and the ability to deal with weeds is fundamental.
Alot of people ask about timetables or schedules well,
We don´t have such set schedules. 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. Also task depend on the weather, so 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.
You can call us on 964423965 or 962591636.
We look forward to hearing from you!!
When can you visit Cimo de Vila?