"Aaaaaah!" A sigh is the first thing that comes out after mentioning the name of this quinta. My (dog) companion Gaia and I had a wonderful time in this quinta and we were there for almost three months, from March to April to be exact. First of all, I should tell you about Lara...the host (not the boss!), she is a powerful, determined and incredibly sweet woman. She is a biologist and nature lover who knows loads of stuff related to Portugal's ecosystem (climate+fauna+flora), she taught me almost everything I know now about agriculture =) She is very patient and adores teaching and helping the others.
About the chores I did while I was there:
Build a fence for the new and bigger chicken coop.
Help out taking care of the animals (the goat, turtles, hens and roosters, dogs and cats), feeding them most of all.
Create a parking spot on the entrance.
Cut firewood into logs and organize it in the woodshed for the winter.
Create a mandala shaped vegetable garden in front of the house. Also weeding, watering and maintenance of that very space.
Harvesting fruit from the several trees in the quinta depending on the season (oranges, mandarins, lemons mostly).
Learning how to cook jam, chutney and liquor (all coming from organic veggies and fruits from the farm).
As far as I've seen wwooffing, this is a quinta were I stayed longer because I felt comfortable and mostly, because I was motivated with the many new projects to do and create with our own hands, (positive)energy and love.