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Varzea da Gonçala
Varzea da Gonçala
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Varzea da Gonçala, CP 410-M, Aljezur, Algarve, PT
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André Carvalho Annette van Vuuren Hans Boersma Helder Valente Jorge Coelho Kjell Doggen Monique Volkers Somesh De Swardt Tiago da Cunha Ferreira
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Varzea da Gonçala

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Rural, Residential, School Projects, Educational

Project Summary

Varzea da Gonçala is 8 hectares of hill and meadow land being actively nurtured on permaculture principles, to create a productive natural ecosystem.

Project Description

In 2007 the land was a wilderness of untended land which had been devastated by fire 4 years previously.  Since then several hectares have been cleared and planted with fruit and nut trees planted on the meadow land, grazed by poultry. We have created a large raised-bed vegetable garden, watered by river-water solar-pumped up the hillside.

We run two PDC's per year and have two guest-houses where people and families can relax, learn and be inspired in the beautiful location.  

"The Varzea" is constantly evolving, with new projects and systems being developed to build the land's fertility and store water in the soil.  Swales are being created on the hills and planted with mostly native trees, to make these productive and reduce the fire-risk.

Our ethos is harmony with nature by practical action.


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