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Interested in gardening/living in the Azores, Portugal?

 
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After several decades of organic farming my husband and I moved to the Azores islands (1,000 km west of Lisbon) to continue our self-sufficient lifestyle, but with less land and fewer animals (just a dog and a few hens now.).  We’re interested in producing as much food as we can on the few acres we now have and in just having a simple, quiet life in a beautiful place with a climate that allows year-round gardening.  In our growing, whether plants or animals, we avoid the use of any substances that would be harmful to us, the environment or our fellow creatures, but we don’t adhere to any strict gardening/farming “rules”. We use a lot of common sense and experience in whatever we do and working outdoors is an essential ingredient in our lives.  We would like very much to find a like-minded person who would like a different kind of life. We can not offer wages, but we can offer a separate house, some land and the food we can produce together, in addition to a beautiful view of the ocean. What we ask in return is someone who can work with us in our ever expanding gardens and help us out with other projects when needed.  We don’t have a clearly defined plan for cooperation, some things just have to be worked out at a later stage. I know it’s a long shot that we find someone on this forum, but we’ve often been very lucky at finding what we needed at exactly the right time, so maybe someone out there is looking for an opportunity like this.
 
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Hi Susan,

I just found your post and even though we don't exactly fit your description I feel it couldn't hurt to send you a message
We just landed on this forum and I wrote an introduction post about our situation over here:  
https://permies.com/t/149840/Young-couple-small-kids-small

We are quit open minded and like you we have no defined exact plan. We can imagine a situation where we can help you guys out in several ways and it might give us an opportunity to learn and develop. If possibilities do arise then maybe we can grow together in work/friendly kind of way.

If your positive about discussing further details we'll be happy to be in touch!

Kinds, Matt
 
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Hi Matt,
Thanks for your interest in our post.  I’d certainly be open to further exploring ideas and options. Many things in your post made me nod my head in agreement and/or interest.  I just stumbled onto this site a few days ago after trying in vain to figure out a way to reach people who might be interested in sharing part of the wonderful world we live in here to the benefit of all concerned.  Similar to what you said in your reply, our situation might not be exactly what you’re looking for (we’re the wrong generation - at least one ahead of you,but still learning and doing many new things!) , but I can see that we have a lot in common and it’d be nice to just find out more of what we both have in mind and whether we might be able to cooperate in a way that makes us all happy.  I can give you more information about our situation and life on the island in general, but would probably prefer that we do that directly rather than on a public post,  Do you know if that’s possible on this site?  Any suggestions?  
Regards to the whole family, especially the 2 boys who are lucky enough to have parents who want to homeschool them!
Susan
 
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Susan Ribeira wrote:
I can give you more information about our situation and life on the island in general, but would probably prefer that we do that directly rather than on a public post,  Do you know if that’s possible on this site?  Any suggestions?  



He has posted an e-mail link on his profile



 
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Thanks, Burl. I missed that somehow and appreciate your help.  Matt also sent me a message, but kind of you to point that out. I’m still learning to navigate through the wealth of information on this site!
 
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Wow! I envy the opportunity for his children to be home-schooled in the Azores and become bi-lingual. I've often thought about retiring in the Canaries just to enjoy the inexpensive wine and cheese, brought in from the mainland I guess.



 
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Hi there,
Since me and my partner are interested to move to Azores too, I wondered if it's ok to ask if there are any limitations to know about farming in the Azores.
We also wonder why there seems to be so many fields and lots looking appropriate for agriculture, why are they just (wonderfully) green but not used for growing produce? Are we missing something?
And lastly, is any of the islands not suitable for self sustained farming?
Thanks
 
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HiSusan, your offer is very intriguing…I am interested. It sounds like it could be a great match, Wondering if you are still looking. I sent you a personal Message also.
 
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It’s over half a year since your post so I’m going to keep this short with a sure my wife and I would be interested in working with you to develop your small farm. We are well into starting our 25th season in our small organic farm here on The eastern tip of LI. Also been looking to combine farming and adventure in a different part of the globe. Our kids are grown and off living their lives and we figure we have a number of years before we’ll hopefully grandchildren are in the picture. If you are at all interested we can talk more details. Thanks for your time and look forward to hearing from you.
Best Paul H
 
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I’m interested in something like this. I work from home and can work from anywhere in the world. I am learning homesteading on 1 acre outside of Dallas. Although I grew up on a farm there’s a lot to learn and re-learn.
It’s just me and my 27-year-old son who is partially disabled from an accident, prosthetic leg and paralyzed arm. I also like to do sculpture, big stuff usually and would sometimes metal or stone.
Interested in hearing ideas and learning about the possibilities a homesteading in Europe.
 
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Hello! I'm interested in moving to Portugal and might be a steady candidate for your farm. Don't like dogs, but am a capable gardener. I'm semi-retired and still do online teaching.
 
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Hi!

I'm just curious how your experiment is working out.  Farming in the Azores is intriguing, though I don't think we'd have been good candidates for your plan.  I do some gardening, and I have studied Portuguese a little on Duolingo, but you probably need people who have done more.  I was just wondering if you are happy with your decision, and what you've learned so far.  
 
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Hi Susan,
I am wondering how your homestead in the Azores is going?  My partner and I have been very interested in the Azores for about a year now and it feels to be our next step in life. We moved from the mainland US to the island of Saipan 3 years ago and have learned so much (mostly by trial and lots of error haha) on our little (rented) homestead here. We now have some experience growing fruit trees and various other edibles in the tropics and free range chickens, and look forward to learning and doing lots more to be self sufficient and live in harmony with Nature. We were musing over finding some islands with a slightly cooler climate, and suddenly my partner discovered the Azores, which neither of us had ever heard of before!  
I actually found this thread accidently while searching for someone I think I might know of from another group, who apparently replied to your thread.  So since I'm here now, I just thought I'd say Hi since I was obviously led here for some reason....;))
Take care and hope to hear from you!
 
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Hi, I'm interested in moving to Portugal and might collaborate if the Azores homestead doesn't work out. I'm just a gardener who would like to keep a small part of the planet pristine and exit corporate usa.

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