Tree-Huggers Delight

King Carob
King Carob Tree (restored), on the monte

One of my favorite winter activities (and i’m sure some of you tree-huggers out there can relate) is: hacking into the jungle that has grown up around a great-but-neglected old tree, and restoring the throne to its proper owner.

Of course i’m speaking figuratively, but in the case of this old carob tree pictured above, which stands atop the rocky outcrop that caps our “monte,” the purple prose is perhaps justified.
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YearEnd Planting Party

Mãos na massa

Maybe because of the weather -winter rain&cold having not yet come, but showers in the forecast for our last working Friday of the year- our gang decided to forgo the usual banquet at a restaurant, opting instead to have a potluck picnic & planting party in what is to be our farm’s new receiving area (south-east entrance off the municipal road).

As it turned out, the weather forecast was bang-on for a change, so we had rain showers on-and-off throughout the day, which made for both good planting conditions and occasional breaks in the action, during which we ate and drank and shared reflections on the year just past and dreams for the year to come. A nice balance of activity, and a fine day for all involved.

In keeping with our water-wise strategy for drylands (i.e. everything above the irrigation canal that bisects Q-VdL), plants are all native & adapted species, selected for drought and salt tolerance (as this site is quite exposed to oceanic influence). Indeed, though we are prepared to hand-water until these plants are fully established, and there has been no rain since planting day, this garden seems to be doing fine with just the dew that saturates our straw-mulched and generously-composted beds each morning. So: sleeping for now, creeping next year… And by the following spring, according to popular wisdom, these gardens should be positively leaping.  (if in doubt,  please come and see for yourself! 🙂

Celebrar o Campo de Regeneração de Ecossistemas

Na semana passada a Quinta do Vale da Lama foi o palco para um Campo de Regeneração de Ecossistemas, que acolheu cerca de 30 participantes motivados e capacitados para uma aprendizagem prática aplicada em torno da implementação de uma estratégia de gestão eficiente para a regeneração do sequeiro, co-projetado pelo proprietário do terreno e pela OrlaDesign para o declive superior norte da quinta.

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Jantar de Angariação de Fundos de Natal

No dia 9 de Dezembro, junte-se à família PND num programa descontraído natalício no Eco Resort da Quinta do Vale da Lama para uma noite divertida. Venha contribuir nesta angariação de fundos para os programas educativos da associação em 2018 e aqueça o coração entre amigos. Este ano por cada jantar vendido, oferecemos uma árvore para plantar.

Onde? Casa Vale da Lama Eco-Resort
Quanto? 30€ por pessoa (reverte 50% directamente para a associação)

Faça aqui a sua reserva. 🙂

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A Co-created Landscape Design Moment!

To begin the design process for the North-Slope of the rain-fed part of the farm, an area that wishes to become an innovated Agro-silvo-pastoral system (Pomar Misto de Sequeiro) that proves truly regenerative within the Mediterranean drylands, a co-design moment with the staff members & owners of Quinta do Vale da Lama was facilitated this summer by OrlaDesign for the WaterWise Dryland Regeneration project.

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