This piece of land is an old Portuguese farm that we are gradually restoring and turning into a retreat, a healing space, both the land itself and for the people doing it. We want to build, farm, and be self-sufficient. We want to learn from the work we do and hopefully from you and your experiences. It is a labor of love, we are not trying to make a profit, just live a healthy and happy life in a quiet and peaceful place with lots of sun and clean air and clean free water.
The land is varied in topography and has diverse vegetation. The olive orchard has some really old trees. There are also remnants of a vineyard, orange and fig trees in need of pruning. There are beautiful terraces with dry-stone-walls up to two meters, overgrown with ferns, brambles, young oaks and wild fruit trees. Old agricultural wells dot the land, and a mixed forest of mostly oak, pine, mimosa and eucalyptus stretches over about a third of the land. The land consists of a valley and two ridges. The valley collects enough water to form a small stream in the winter and early spring.
The many granite boulders and rock outcrops make this land unsuitable for large-scale farming, but ideal for the creation of many small growing plots with microclimates, sun traps, as well as relaxation zones, tree houses and many other cool projects.
Over time we’d like this to be a permaculture experiment with a thriving orchard and vegetable garden, medicinal herbs, greenhouses, cisterns, irrigation systems, bees, animals and more. Habitation for friends, family, guests, and volunteers will include renovated stone-buildings, treehouses, and other structures.
There are many other projects we’ll get going, hopefully also with your involvement and ideas. In the next year or two we will build infrastructure, keep restoring the orchard, clear/clean/thin parts of the forest, and plant more trees, as well as work on buildings and land projects.
When can you visit Heart & Soil, an organic farm near Monsanto, an historic village in beautiful Portugal?