The on-island Yoga class was gathering round and about to start. Entering into the chit chat, I had announced that we had bought Roland’s chickens. Roland was a Swiss itinerant carpenter. We had given Roland his very first paying job on the island. He was also a pretty popular guy. Before taking his leave from [...]
Start the magical walk on the Bodhi Trail from the top of the vineyard where you enter one of the wild zones of the farm. Along the way is a natural rock shrine and a meditative stop at the Bodhi Tree (Arbutus menziesii, a native of the Pacific Northwest). Just another one of the awesome [...]
Stay on the farm, visit the animals and enjoy the surroundings. This is a farm where cheesemaking, winemaking, wild fermentation, animal husbandry and sustainable bio-dynamic gardening are practiced.
Maturing hazelnuts at the end of August are still in their green ruffled bonnets. They give us a lot of pleasure at that time of year just to marvel at, and later provide tasty and healthy food. The brown hazelnuts are harvested in October when they start falling from the bonnets. The bonnets turn brown [...]
Portugal’s cork oak forests are part of an ancient Mediterranean ecosystem that has more than 13,000 native plant species. Portugal has the largest cork oak forest area in the world. The cork oak is its national tree and has been protected by law since the 13th century. The cork oak forest is important to migrating [...]