Our ideals

Diversity is key. What may work for you may not work for someone else and the other way around. That’s why we offer a wide range of activities, projects and products. We host workshops, conduct research, offer consultancy considering sustainability, and more. But the ideals remain the same.

Living in nature

Intergrate living- and naturearea. Making cities greener and creating an environment that’s habitable by people, plant and animal.

Learning from nature

And also learning about nature. Schools that stimulate being outside and taking inspiration from the world around us.

Caring about nature

Giving people the responsibility to take care about their own surroundings. To care for the nature in their community, and to care for eachother.

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Playing in nature

Treehouses, walking tracks, waterfalls, and more. Experience the world around you like an alive playground.

Value nature

Organizing activities and projects to create awareness about the value of nature. To have nature bring peace to those who need it.

Giving to nature

Companies, governments and citizens that give space to nature to grow and flourish. Something we will all be able to enjoy.

The Farm

We want to bring back nature.


Community

The farm is open to everyone who feels the need to come and grow with us.

Firestart

HumaNature started in the Netherlands but since November 2020 we are located on an old land in Coutada, Central Portugal.

House

This land hosts an old house (1931), a chicken coop and some ruins. The clay soil is poor and degraded and grows merely a monoculture of olive trees.

Support

We also offer help with others starting a permaculture project.

Demonstration

On this land we will demonstrate many ways of permaculture, varying from growing plants on a balcony to planting a complete food forest.

Education

This demonstration can serve as education for those who want to learn and can bring sustainable food production closer to all of us.

Projects

Permaculture
The permaculture garden, where we will mainly grow annual crops, stretches from our big terrace to down on the land. For the garden we use a no-dig approach, leaving the ground and its inhabitants intact. We grow seasonal vegetables without using pesticides or herbicides. On the terrace we grow herbs and crops in pots as a demonstration for those who don’t have access to a garden.
Food forest
Since then we planted numerous trees, shrubs and herbs. The plan is to have every layer of a forest (from the tallest tree to the smallest herb) filled with edible plants. When we arrived, we started planting young trees that do well on clay soil and can survive a bit of drought. We planted sweet cherry, orange, plum and more. We are propagating multiple medicinal herbs such as lavender, citronmelisse and mint, to later plant in the forest. We also want to focus on giving wildlife a place in the forest. For example, one of our ruins is covered in wild bramble, making it impossible for us to do anything with it. But after observing the ruin for a while we counted many birds living in this bramble bush. Therefor we decided to leave it as a bird shelter. In the future we also want to have a greenhouse in the forest to support us with growing more tropical trees and to serve as a nursery for seedlings.
The house
The house is old and has been abandoned for many years. Just like our plan with the land, we want to revive the house. Bringing back a vibrant energy and restore what needs to be restored as natural as possible. Living in an old house with many flaws asks for a resourceful approach. With all the problems we find we try to find a natural solution. Here you can read some examples. The houses wastewater doesn’t end it a sewer, it ends in the food forest. This gives us a big challenge and an even bigger opportunity. The challenge is to limit the non-biodegradables which means washing with organic soap, not flushing toilet paper down the toilet, etc. The place where the water reaches the olive grove needs to be designed in a way that the soil and plants will filter the water. Thus, we are setting up a small rive. The river has small pools on every few meters to slow down the water and give a chance to the sediments to settle. The river is filled and surrounded by more and more plants that thrive in this environment and can feed on the nutrients we flush away. These plants are both foraged in surrounding area and replanted, but many of them also popped up on their own. It will take some time to test and perfect this solution, but once it proves to work it’s a great gift the house gave us. It’s an opportunity to not only repurpose all our water into irrigation for the trees, but also to let nutrients flow straight into the land. Another problem we faced in the first winter were the many gaps in the house. The windows were not sealed well, the roof had some gaps (no leakages thankfully), and it was cold. Luckily the soil consists mostly of clay. We manually removed the rocks from the soil and used this abundance of clay, mixed with a little bit of sand, to tap the holes and unsalted the house.

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Volunteering


We happily host volunteers and have been doing so from the start. There is a wide range of tasks to do so there will most likely be something you enjoy doing. Tasks can range from creating a wall painting and building an outdoor kitchen, to planting trees and harvesting olives. We also invite you to bring your own idea, your own project, something you’re passionate for to work on in the Quinta. We are open to a lot of things, as long as they are respectful towards human and nature.


We don’t have working hours as every person functions differently and most efficiently in it’s own way. That’s why we simply ask you to join our team and join in with the work, cooking, cleaning etc. when possible. The most important thing is that you feel happy and stress-free.


Here you will have your own room available with a single bed. The rest of the facilities will be shared. In the village there are some small supermarkets, a bar and a church. We have two bicycles for you to use. We are on walking distance from a river where, with good weather, you can swim. Furthermore, we are a 1-2 hour drive away from one of Portugal greatest natural parks: Serra da Estrela.


We invite you to bring a pair of good shoes and clothes to work on the land. In winter season we also strongly advice you to bring a warm jacket and rainboots as it can get very cold and wet. Since we just started the project and don’t have an income, yet we ask a contribution of 30 euros a week to cover the costs for food, gas, electricity and water. In the future we hope this won’t be necessary anymore.


Send us an e-mail if you are interested, and we hope to see you soon!


Camping


We have a spot at the lower part of the land open for people who want to camp with their tents, cars, campervans or whatnot. As it is now there are no facilities but, in the future, we are planning on having electricity and a compost toilet. Nearby in the village there is a spring with mountain water which you can use to fill your water-tank.


Because of the lack of facilities, we ask you to be completely self-sufficient, unless you are also planning to volunteer (see the other category).


Please send us an e-mail if you are interested to camp with us!


The team