I am a city-raised woman, so a lot of my friends were surprised when I told them I was going to live in an organic farm in the Azores. Their thought was probably something like “Natacha, really?”. Yep, really.
I moved here in 2012 and today our certified organic farm is part of a bigger project called Retiro Atlântico (Atlantic Retreat),
Despite not being very big (it has 4000 m2) you can´t imagine the variety of edible plants you can find on this farm. Lucky me to have this garden just outside my door!
What about my tasks on the farm? I help my boyfriend Hugo whenever I can, but it is mainly harvesting what nature has to offer (and eating, of course). When I have some free time I also like to sow, plant and weed. Actually these activities can be very relaxing as my brain simply “turns off”. It is just nature and me.
Living on the farm is a continuous learning process, full of new experiences. It is so amazing to watch a plant grow: once a seed (and they can be so different), then a plant and many years later a tree. It is so beautiful to see the cultures changing throughout the year (e.g.: summer brings us strawberries and raspberries and winter custard apples and guavas) and then eating accordingly. It is so inspiring to look at the busy bees, dancing from flower to flower, collecting the nectar for the soon-to-be honey.
I simply love being here.