OUR MEDITERRANEAN ORIGINS
WHAT WE DO AND WHO WE ARE IS DEEPLY CONNECTED TO OUR CLIMATE, OUR LOCATION AND MEDITERRANEAN ANCESTRAL CULTURE.
Our land is placed in a typical Mediterranean natural area - With its hot dry summers and humid cold winters, the landscape changes intensively along the seasons, between green flowery pastures and endless fields painted yellow.
These big weather and temperature swings create a very unique type of landscape called Montado, which we care for and aim to preserve in our land.
THE PORTUGUESE MONTADO
THE MONTADO IS A UNIQUE MEDITERRANEAN FOREST SYSTEM, MARKED BY CENTURIES OF HUMAN RELATIONSHIP WITH NATURE. A PLACE WHERE ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN CULTURE ARE CONTINUOUSLY SHAPING EACH OTHER.
The Portuguese Montado is an evergreen grassland, forming a low-density and steppe-like forest. It is a complex agroforestry system, which connects a wide range of activities like agriculture, pastures, grazing and forestry recollection. Its rich biological diversity, from cork oak and holm oak trees to wild mammals like deers, wild boars and rabbits, grew from the ingenious and dynamic adaptation of humans to the mediterranean environment.
The richness of a well cared Montado gives us a diversity of products such as cork, livestock, cereals, fruits and vegetables - wheat and bread, olive oil, grapes and wine, meat milk and cheese our aromatic herbs are all part of the imaginary when it comes to mediterranean food and lifestyle.
THE FRAGILITY OF TEH MONTADO AND HOW WE PRESERVE IT
THE MANAGEMENT AND THE ACTIVITIES AROUND OUR LAND ARE CAREFULLY MADE TO PRESERVE AND REGENERATE IT. WE NURTURE THE MONTADO IN A SUSTAINABLE WAY, KNOWING THE DYNAMICS OF OUR ECOSYSTEM, AND ITS ENVIRONMENT PARTICULARITES.
We realized that, these days, the delicate balance of the Montado is threatened by ongoing changes in global and local economies, leading to shifts in patterns of land use. Problems like over-exploitation of the tree cover, the unruly intensiﬁcation of the activities in the undercover, forest removal to create room for vast monocultural activities, are wearing out and erasing the portuguese landscape.
To preserve our land, we have embraced regenerative agricultural practices to care for our family state. Regenerative Agriculture is built upon practices that may reverse ecological degradation. It aims to rebuild soil organic matter, restore degraded soil biodiversity, improve the water cycle and provide a wide range of other ecosystem services. Respect for nature is one of the most important Silent Living values that we wish to share with you.
We are inspired by Agroecology, Permaculture, Syntropic agriculture and Holistic Management to build our own agricultural practices to support and stimulate this ecosystem. We manage an agroforestry system that follows the principles of ecological succession, by replicating natural cycles in time and space, to create a multipurpose system with different threes, bushes, gardens, crops, and animals in ways to provide a wide range of economic, ecological, and cultural functions.