Gardening

THE GARDEN

BY USING METHODS OF REGENERATIVE FARMING, WE CREATED A GARDEN FILLED WITH MIDETERRANEAN WONDERS, FROM VEGETABLES TO FRUITS AND NUTS.
The traditional Mediterranean vegetable gardens are human-scale, bountiful, protected from the vastness of the forest Montado. They offer all the aromas, tastes and the essence of the Mediterranean cuisine, where fruit trees, vegetables, herbs and nuts are given to us by the nurtured soil, replenished with life. Very often, these gardens were sitting in places where the microclimate and water were available throughout the dry season, natural or built fences and walls would protect it from wild animals. For these reasons, Mediterranean gardens are also ephemeral places to stay and enjoy the summer months. Traditionally, Animal manure, forest biomass, and crop debris were all ingredients to build rich soils for gardening, cycling the nutrients available in the Montado. 
 
Inspired by how ancient mediterranean gardens used to provide rural communities with their subsistence, we created a vegetable garden to provide the community with healthy, organic and consciously farmed products, through our restaurant and our food programme. 
 

THE TIMELESS FARMING

We ally past generations' ways of caring for the land, with modern organic gardening techniques, to built and healthy soil and the diversity of food we need all year round.
Inspired by the imaginary of luxurious vegetable gardens, the Montado natural cycles, trees and animals, we have designed a unique agroforestry system to produce vegetables, where different trees, plants, small animals and the annuals, are all integrated in a multifunctional and multi-strata system to create a microclimate with optimal conditions to grow both soil and food. 
 
Rows of fruit and forest trees of different size and shapes are linked with alleys full of annual vegetables. Soil is subject to minimal disturbance, covered most of the time: chicken tractors and good compost, light tools and minimal tractor usage are our ingredients in this process of caring for the biodiversity above and below the ground. We know that there is always room to improve our methods, as regenerative farming is a continuous learning process on how each element relates with the whole, including us, human beings. 
 

THE CARE WE GIVE IS THE FOOD WE COLLECT

The love and care, the honest and conscious farming methods we use, are given back to us by nature: the best ingredients the land has to offer, from our farm to your table.
Our farming methods aim to preserve and encourage the growing of the ecosystem. By creating, nurturing, and regenerating a rich and healthy soil, our garden gives us vegetables, fruits, and nuts, from which we also make preserves, jams, bread and many other nutritious and delicious food. It is our purpose to spread the richness of our healthy land with the comunity, but to give everyone the opportunity to be part of an healthier and more conscious way of living and caring for the planet. 

All the food provided by our garden, our herds and crops is tranformed by us, and it is available to you through our Home Delivery Program. You can check it here.
 Photography by Escolhido.
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