changing the world in our own backyard

The humus revolution has begun — you can be part of it

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"If governments won’t solve the climate, hunger, health, and democracy crises, then the people will."

- Dr. Vandana Shiva

Who we are

We are humus growers on our way to becoming Earthkeepers.

We are a small group of people who came to Central Portugal from America, Belgium, England, Scotland, Germany, Holland, Lisbon and Porto. Like many ‘immigrants’ who settled in this area, we came here to ‘get away from it all, grow our own food and live the dream’. This turned out to be harder than expected.

None of us has a farming background. Like most ‘new settlers’ in this area, our expertise includes a range of non-farming activities: e.g. accounting, art & craft skills, computer programming, engineering, homoeopathy, nursing, teaching, translation, woodworking and writing. Some of us have been amateur gardeners before we came here.

We are relatively isolated even though we are surrounded by people who, like us, own a quinta and work on the land. Unlike us however, most of our neighbours spray their crops with fertilisers and pesticides which destroys soil life. Our neighbours work hard, exhaust themselves and ruin their health.

We are not here to tell them to stop doing what they do. But perhaps we can show that there is an alternative. We are committed to practicing regenerative horticulture. We try to approach the work in efficient and enjoyable ways because, for us, regeneration of soil life and regeneration of human life have to go hand in hand.

To find out more about what we do read on here.

Photo: Hudson Hintze