Quinta do Vale do Carvalho

Last updated: September 12, 2013 (2 years ago)

Listing created on: December 8, 2012

Quinta do Vale do Carvalho

(Tondela, Portugal)

Mission Statement:

permaculture, self-sufficiency

Community Description:

We are a forming project. We are only a couple (31, 26 years old) and have a small land property; we wish to:

– meet like-minded possible members (temporary is completely ok)
– acquire more land
– build new houses for living
– expand our permaculture projects (to reach at least 95% food self-sufficiency), with grains ,pulses, perennial crops (roots, pulses, grasses, fruit and nut trees), spices and herbs, compost crops and biointensive organic
– create sources of income (rural tourism, workshops, selling crafts and food)
– become off-grid, using DYI solar energy and low energy appliances
– create a healthy and peaceful community spirit, based in brotherhood, honesty, trust and happiness. This is a big challenge. And we are very aware of the fact that money, ego and relationships often create damage to this kind of projects. We must find solutions for these challenges.
– decision making is by consensus decision (everyone must be happy and find a common ground)

About new members:
– We will be strict about it, filtering any new applications. Initially, a new member will take care of its own personal expenses and creating its own sustainability.
– no fees to join. no income sharing. you share only that which you want.
– we can’t provide a source of income yet. So this is one of the big challenges to be worked. Each potencial new member should keep this in mind. But long-term we must aim towards self-sufficiency and full human sustainability!
– people raising children are welcomed
– strong ideologies are not welcomed, as they divided more than unite.
– smoking in property not allowed
– we are mostly vegetarian but open to every diet, though we dislike people preaching ideologies

Future goals
– we would like this to become a center of education in the future!
– we want to find a balance in providing free education and a way of living free of money, but still having money to live in society
– we do not wish to be separate from society. We wish to be self-reliant and off-grid, but still working to work to give positive contribution and change towards surrounding society, national and global.

Our background:
– We have been exploring the ideas of self-sufficient, community living for years, we have lived in a intentional community before and visited several others
– We wish like-minded people, with motivation to join us, good hearted, and seek to create conditions for temporary and permanent settlement and sustainability, without a damaging or stressful lifestyle



  • Area: 1 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)


  • Adult Members: 2


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)


  • Required Labor Contribution:

Sustainability Practices


  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: currently, little but we wish to reach 95%

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permaculture, self-sufficiency, local economy, consensus

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.