This is going to be our third Ecosystem Regeneration Camp and our motivation is up!
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.
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.
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
As foretold in an earlier post, we’ve been busy this past fall/winter applying our Water-Wise Dryland Strategy to the south slope of our farm’s monte, improving access, water conservation and ecosystem regeneration all at the same time. Long story short, our evaluation of project results at this point is: a great success, worthy of continuing wherever such conditions and needs exist.
For this year we have many changes and many interesting things getting planned.
Our main objectives for this year is to merge more with the tourism side of the project offering our clients lots of activities and participation in the everyday tasks.
Since last update, there have been numerous significant developments at Q-VdL – and none more important, in terms of Regenerative Agriculture, than what we’ve been up to with the animals. On that front, news in brief is as follows.