We are a German couple, Angelika and Dieter, in our early 60s with a smallholding in the region of Baixo Alentejo (12 km from the town of Ourique). The farm is called Monte do Compromisso.
For 28 years we have been growing fruits, vegetables and meat for self consumption.
Prior to this, we had a farm in Bavaria, South Germany. We have 3 grown children. Our daughter lives with her husband in the neighbouring farm. Our
son's live nearby and work in alternative energy. Angelika is an artist, and Dieter works doing land managment and design.
If you want to travel from Lisbon (200km) or Faro (100km), you can take the bus to Ourique, Alentejo (www.rede-expressos.pt)
Or you can take the train to Funcheira, Alentejo (www.cp.pt).Go to these websites to look at the timetables and buy tickets.
Call or email to give us your arrival time and we will come and pick you up.
We have a beautiful large biological/permaculture garden from which we produce much of our food, including a variation of different fruit trees (for self consumption). We also keep bees for honey.
Our largest focus is animal husbandry: Sheep, ducks, and chickens. We generally keep around 20 sheep, and about a dozen ducks and chickens. We have a dog to manage the animals so we can not accomodate wooffers with dogs.
We have finished a 6 acre lake were we will grow fish and attract a variety of native wildelife including ducks and geese. The lake will also serve as a swiming/recreation area improving quality of natural life. When the water level is high enough we will need help in designing the surrounding margins by planting aquatic species.
Primarly we need help with clearing the land (cutting, moving, burning). Occasionally we need help with large projects, workshop jobs like welding or woodwork and sometimes kitchen help. We have a large workshop with a lot of technical equipment. In the wintertime there is always more outdoor farm work.
Please have a look at our photo gallery to see what we are doing.
We are interested in WWOOFers who are happy to help throughout the day with the tasks of keeping a farm running. We are a sociable and friendly couple, enjoy the company of others, and are also flexible with personal space. We are serious about self-sufficiency, animal, and nature husbandry. We are sure you will have a free and relaxing time, with beautiful nature trails to explore. At the same time, we are interested in and appreciate good, hard-working people! We do not intend to have WWOOFers here when we have nothing to do, so rest assured that we will not waste your time. The work will always flow with the natural seasons, so be prepared to help 5 days a week in whatever is required.
We offer lovely, cosy, comfortable accomodation for a maximum of 8 WWOOFers in the house. Wood stove, solar electricity, hot water, washing machine and of course, good home cooking. We butcher and eat meat, but we are also happy to accomodate vegetarians, although please let us know in advance.
When can you visit Monte do Compromisso?