A former technical engineer, Ferry soon discovered that corporate life was not for him. He preferred to be amongst plants and nature. In his twenties he followed his desire for working with plants and started his own seed company, which was to become very successful. Along the way a lot of mistakes where made, but success was achieved through persistence, hard work and following his intuition. Meanwhile he studied many systems like permaculture design, organic gardening, eco construction, regenerative agriculture and aquaponics. One thing led to another and he felt there was a need to set up a working farm integrating all these sustainable systems.
A Quinta (which is Portuguese for The Farm) is a project of which the idea started growing in our minds over 10 years ago. When learning about Permaculture, eco construction, natural medicine and natural animal management we soon discovered even greater possibilities through learning about Regenerative Agriculture and Holistic Management.
A Quinta is a farm project based on Quinta da Laje, a property of 132ha situated in SW Portugal province of Alentejo, 8km inland from the Atlantic ocean.
The farm has many special features like valleys, forests, rolling hills, streams, lakes, sea views and magical spots. Until recently the farm had been used to graze cattle and for wheat production. 50 years ago a very productive farm, it then progressively became eroded, drier and more difficult to make it’s use economically viable.
The farm has a coastal micro climate and is based in an area with mild winters with moderate rainfall and relatively cool,dry and windy summers. The overall picture giving a brown, dry landscape in the summer and green winters (with appropriate rainfall).
A perfect place to create an agroecology and holistic management project to bring the land back to it’s potential of abundance, and sharing possibilities for future generations.
A Whole-istic Transformation to Deep Ecological Awareness, following the Principles and Pathways of Deep Ecology and Permaculture. Venue: A Quinta, Portugal