Terra do Milho | Permaculture & Holidays
WELCOME

TO OUR PERMACULTURE FARM

Once upon a time Monchique used to be a prosperous hinterland town where people from the coastal areas would go to for fresh fruit and vegetables. The steep mountainsides of Monchique would provide everything for living.

Our farm is situated in this environment vibrant with possibilities. We believe that by working with permaculture design and principles we can revive our farmland to this rich prosperity.

Ecological Balance
Officially organic farming is a “holistic, ecologically-balanced approach to farming” (Lord Northbourne, 1939). That is what it is to us too. By using compost from our own household, natural waste material from the land, enriched with some manure of our own goats, we re-use valuable nutrition’s and upgrade the soil structure.
Self-Supporting
We try to be as much self supporting as possible. We will be a small 2-3 person household the year round and will probably produce more than we can use. The products we do not use ourselves we want to add value to by producing jams, applecider and the like.
Thinking Locally
We also try to connect to the existing structure and culture of our surroundings. Farmers have been cultivating the land in Monchique from Roman Times up to now. They are the true experts. The different fruit trees on our land were planted on their specific spot with a reason.

ABOUT US

MONIQUE VOLKERS

FARMER AND HOMESTEAD CONSULTANT

For a long time I had a passion for Portugal and for living in the countryside. But I was manager in refugee-work in Holland, which I also did with commitment and involvement.

However, in 2010 I moved from Wageningen in the Netherlands to Terradomilho in the Algarve, to build up this sustainable life I desired, whilst my partner Tom still stayed part-time in Holland running his comedy-business.

Lots of things were developed since then and many of those things I had to learn from scratch. Changing 4 ha overgrown wild land into a fruit forest, keeping goats, building, making a water system for drinking and irrigation, etcetera.

Now we are coming into a new phase: sharing our experience and knowledge, and selling our products and skills. On this website and on social media you can read and see a lot of us and hopefully we will meet on social media or live at one of our guest-stays on the farm.

Monique

Tom Stobbelaar

TOM STOBBELAAR

FARMER, COMEDIAN, HOST

Juggling my work on the Portuguese farm and my work as a comedian in the Netherlands, where I try to be funny for money. I also give courses "theatretechniques for teachers and public speakers". At Terra do Milho, dog Oxford and i like to welcome the guests who are coming to stay in one of our accomodations. The reviews of the guests are never about me, always about Oxford, how sweet she is, so that's fine. Further on i do bits and bobs on the land and sometimes i write a song.

 

 

  • Enchanting place! Delightfully restful. A big tent with a phenomenal view. (...) A real recommendation for parents with (small) children. And also people without children. Actually, for everyone. Especially with the hospitality offered by Tom and Monique. Super!
    ― Sam, Anne, Miriam ―
  • What a wonderful holiday we've had here!!! We enjoyed the quiet, the space and the freedom of this beautiful place. The whole of nature felt at our fingertips, with a wonderful view through the mountains towards the west-side of Algarve. (...) It is a place to return to!
    ― Hans, Thecla ―