After several decades of organic farming my husband and I moved to the Azores islands (1,000 km west of Lisbon) to continue our self-sufficient lifestyle, but with less land and fewer animals (just a dog and a few hens now.). We’re interested in producing as much food as we can on the few acres we now have and in just having a simple, quiet life in a beautiful place with a climate that allows year-round gardening. In our growing, whether plants or animals, we avoid the use of any substances that would be harmful to us, the environment or our fellow creatures, but we don’t adhere to any strict gardening/farming “rules”. We use a lot of common sense and experience in whatever we do and working outdoors is an essential ingredient in our lives. We would like very much to find a like-minded person who would like a different kind of life. We can not offer wages, but we can offer a separate house, some land and the food we can produce together, in addition to a beautiful view of the ocean. What we ask in return is someone who can work with us in our ever expanding gardens and help us out with other projects when needed. We don’t have a clearly defined plan for cooperation, some things just have to be worked out at a later stage. I know it’s a long shot that we find someone on this forum, but we’ve often been very lucky at finding what we needed at exactly the right time, so maybe someone out there is looking for an opportunity like this.
We are quit open minded and like you we have no defined exact plan. We can imagine a situation where we can help you guys out in several ways and it might give us an opportunity to learn and develop. If possibilities do arise then maybe we can grow together in work/friendly kind of way.
If your positive about discussing further details we'll be happy to be in touch!
Thanks for your interest in our post. I’d certainly be open to further exploring ideas and options. Many things in your post made me nod my head in agreement and/or interest. I just stumbled onto this site a few days ago after trying in vain to figure out a way to reach people who might be interested in sharing part of the wonderful world we live in here to the benefit of all concerned. Similar to what you said in your reply, our situation might not be exactly what you’re looking for (we’re the wrong generation - at least one ahead of you,but still learning and doing many new things!) , but I can see that we have a lot in common and it’d be nice to just find out more of what we both have in mind and whether we might be able to cooperate in a way that makes us all happy. I can give you more information about our situation and life on the island in general, but would probably prefer that we do that directly rather than on a public post, Do you know if that’s possible on this site? Any suggestions?
Regards to the whole family, especially the 2 boys who are lucky enough to have parents who want to homeschool them!
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I can give you more information about our situation and life on the island in general, but would probably prefer that we do that directly rather than on a public post, Do you know if that’s possible on this site? Any suggestions?
Thanks, Burl. I missed that somehow and appreciate your help. Matt also sent me a message, but kind of you to point that out. I’m still learning to navigate through the wealth of information on this site!
Wow! I envy the opportunity for his children to be home-schooled in the Azores and become bi-lingual. I've often thought about retiring in the Canaries just to enjoy the inexpensive wine and cheese, brought in from the mainland I guess.
Since me and my partner are interested to move to Azores too, I wondered if it's ok to ask if there are any limitations to know about farming in the Azores.
We also wonder why there seems to be so many fields and lots looking appropriate for agriculture, why are they just (wonderfully) green but not used for growing produce? Are we missing something?
And lastly, is any of the islands not suitable for self sustained farming?
It’s over half a year since your post so I’m going to keep this short with a sure my wife and I would be interested in working with you to develop your small farm. We are well into starting our 25th season in our small organic farm here on The eastern tip of LI. Also been looking to combine farming and adventure in a different part of the globe. Our kids are grown and off living their lives and we figure we have a number of years before we’ll hopefully grandchildren are in the picture. If you are at all interested we can talk more details. Thanks for your time and look forward to hearing from you.
Best Paul H
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