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Meet helena from portugal 🇵🇹 “i was a pharmacist in a busy urban city and i always found gardening very recreational. my father passed away some years ago and left a farm unattended in the northern mountainous region of portugal. in that moment i felt a calling and decided to take the masters degree in agronomic sciences and moved from a city to a little village to pursue my passion. my husband then followed me. that old family farm has now 8000 square meter of vines planted and 1200 square meter of greenhouses where i plant tomatoes, green beans, peppers and peas. i find it very rewarding growing and nurturing a plant till it gives its fruits; it’s an honour to participate in such cycle.
we aim to develop a sustainable system by using different strategies to accommodate auxiliary fauna and planting trees and bushes as well as other plants to enhance biodiversity. i grow daisies and wild mentha species in order to atract auxiliary fauna that eats the daredevils that feast on my tomatoes! a pond was also created to receive little frogs and creating life around it. we plant medronheiros (some call it strawberry tree, arbustus unedo) in order to create a source of fruits that can be transformed into liquor. this tree is also more resistant to wildfires.
we bond with the small comunity we are in by taking people to the greenhouse and explaining what we are doing. getting people engaged in what we are doing and making sure that there’s learning is the most important thing to me.
it’s a new and refreshing life where i can actually enjoy what i’m doing; lot’s of hardwork but it sure does pay at the end of the day!” facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/helamorim/
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