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GESTÃO DE CAMPOS DE FÉRIAS: a resposta a muitos “ e como? ” (PT)

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This article is written in Portuguese

Os campos de férias são uma ótima resposta na criação de oportunidades para cultivar junto de crianças e jovens uma atitude ecológica efetiva, resultado da vivência autêntica de se estar e ser natureza. No tempo passado ao ar livre, o contato com os elementos naturais faz crescer a atenção e ligação ao mundo natural. Pés descalços nas diversas texturas do chão que nos sustenta, o acompanhar do sol do nascer ao seu pôr, o sentir da brisa refrescante e dos ventos do final de dia, as noites deitados na relva a olhar o céu estrelado…

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Celebrating the Ecosystem Regeneration Camp

Last week, Quinta do Vale da Lama was the stage for an Ecosystem Regeneration Camp, that welcomed around 30 greatly motivated and skilled participants for a hands-on applied land-based learning venture around the implementation of a Water-Wise Dryland Regeneration Strategy co-designed by the Land Owner and OrlaDesign for the North upper slope of the farm.
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A Co-created Landscape Design Moment!

To begin the design process for the North-Slope of the rain-fed part of the farm, an area that wishes to become an innovated Agro-silvo-pastoral system (Pomar Misto de Sequeiro) that proves truly regenerative within the Mediterranean drylands, a co-design moment with the staff members & owners of Quinta do Vale da Lama was facilitated this summer by OrlaDesign for the WaterWise Dryland Regeneration project.

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Visiting the Farm

Quinta do Vale da Lama has different action focus related to different zones of the land. There is the Educational part, energized by PND – Projecto Novas Descobertas, with its place at Campo do Vale, and the Agrotourism, based on Casa Vale da Lama – EcoResort. Other centers dedicated to agricultural activities and administrative and residential functions are being recovered and developed step by step.

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Quinta Vale da Lama Sheep

The sheep of Quinta Vale da Lama have a new house next to Casa Vale da Lama. Although they continue to assist us in the process of soil regeneration and grazing takes place in several areas of the farm, the sheep return to their home whenever the pastures are drier and with less food; So that they can rest in the shade, drink water and be feed with the necessary regularity.These tasks have been integrated into the day-to-day tasks of the farm and are shared by our team. Continue reading

Pruning at the olive grove

This year we had the privilege to have with us a great master of trees, Peter Zin, taking care of the olive trees in the northwest part of the farm. The olive grove was already beautiful for the majestic of the old trees, and it turned even more beautiful, now more accessible, and potentially more productive when it comes the olive harvest season, we hope. And we learned so much with the presence of this man and his connection with the trees…!
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