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Male, 35, recently moved to central Portugal looking for someone who would like to join me!  RSS feed

 
Andreas Schäfer
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Dear permaculture-friends,

It has been a long time ago since my last post, and in that time a lot of things changed in my life! A little over a year ago I still lived in Holland, Amsterdam. I was dreaming of getting started with permaculture and a more sustainable way of living for years, and finally, last february I bought a small quinta in central Portugal. Its in the Coïmbra district, but close to Viseu and Guarda district. I have the impression most people on this site who live in Portugal are in the Castelo Branco region, on the other side of the Serra da Estrela mountains. But here are also a lot of people (mostly foreigners) busy with permaculture and sustainable living. That was one of the reasons I wanted to stay here, there is already a local community forming, there are markets (Barril do Alva, Vila do Mato) where they sell their local produce.. I hope even more people will come to live here, so we could create networks of trade and helping each other out.

My quinta is about one acre, and has a well with plenty of water. I have over twenty olive trees, a lot of quinces, pears, citrus, hazelnut, grapes, and other fruits! Its also great that on my land and around, there are a lot of (cork)oak trees, so its not only pine and eucalyptus. I want to make a foodforest, and its nice I already have so much trees! The land has no house, and no ruin. Currently I stay in a caravan, but I am planning of building a small house here. Last spring I started with a vegetable garden, and despite I didn't have much experience with gardening (mostly knowledge from books), I had quite a lot of different vegetables to harvest. The soil is a bit poor, so not everything was growing well, but ok, that will take some years.

I am very happy I made this move! But I think this life here could be so much more beautiful if I could share it with a likeminded girl! The problem is, most people of my age are still leaving the countryside for a life in the city, so its not easy to find someone.. Also, most locals seem not really to understand what people like me are doing here, they would prefer the opposite move, go to Amsterdam, London or Berlin to make money!

So maybe someone on this forum would be interested to get to know me! Since I didn't make much friends yet, it would be nice to get to know more people (M/F) in this region.
 
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