Susan Ribeira

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Hello,  
We had a farm in Ireland for many years which we sold a few years ago to a wonderful family.   If you don’t get responses from anyone who is there now, I’d be happy to share our experiences of living and farming there.  I could also ask the family that lives there now whether they’d be willing to correspond with you.   I know how difficult it is to make such a big move without being able to get all the info you’d like to have, so can contact me at susaneldamar@live.ie if you’d like.
Susan
3 months ago
My sincere apologies to all those who sent a message and I didn’t respond.  I (mistakenly, it seems) thought I would receive an email when there was a reply to my post, as happened with the first few.  I therefore never went back and looked to see other responses.   So very sorry I missed the several posts above!
Until quite recently, it looked like a friend and her family were going to join us.  After nearly a year of making plans, they didn’t find the courage to make the move from Germany.  So we still would like to find someone and the state of the world makes it even more desirable than a few years ago when I first posted  We had a very busy summer and we’ve increased our level of self-sufficiency quite a bit in the meantime with solar, a cistern, a wood-burning stove that heats water and a few other useful things.  What we still lack is the time and energy to keep up with food production for ourselves and our animals.  For that, we need help, but it’s very important to us that we find someone or a couple that we get on well with and share common ideas.  I’d be happy to exchange more information with anyone who might be interested.
3 months ago
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!
2 years ago
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
2 years ago
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.
2 years ago