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These are our 5 reasons why we started our homestead. There we go: The first reason: Space around us In Holland we had a two store house in a row of houses. The typical Dutch way of living. An 80 m² house with a 30 m² backyard. The front yard not being more than a …

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Homestead

As we were building a Homestead here, down south in Portugal, I discovered that this process runs in phases. Since we are on a mountain ridge where many people are starting their own place for sustainable living, we could talk to a  lot of people about building up their site. It seems that nearly everybody …

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making money from your homestead

Yes, I do agree that there are many ways to make money off your homestead. From selling eggs to beautiful handicraft. It all depends on your skills and dreams. But to be very honest, it is not so simple.   I mean, yes, when you have a nice part time homestead on the outskirts of …

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Garden layout We live about 6 km from the town of Monchique , which is a pittoresk town in the hinterlands of the Algarve. In the town there are many terraces where people keep their vegetable gardens, mostly from people who live in town. Our friends Anna and Carlos, who live in town decided to share  …

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Clearing land with goats

Every year in January and February we walk the goats over our terraced orchard. Yes! Right though our orchard. Clearing land with goats and having fruittrees at the same time is very possible. We have about 80 fruittrees on our terraced land. In summer the trees are irrigated and nothing much grows under the trees. …

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