The importance of agriculture throughout history is indisputable, it is how food and primary products that sustained the first civilizations were obtained and subsequently used by industries, commerce and the service sector, becoming the basis of the world economy. Sustainable agriculture emerges as an alternative to the industrialization that this sector has been suffering in recent decades, in an attempt to solve the problems that this has brought to the environment and to the health of consumers. It is a necessary change to guarantee the conservation of our lands and the planet. Regenerative agriculture, practiced at Quinta do Pinhal, is one of the variants of sustainable agriculture and it is the foundation of sustainable food production.
A Little Bit of History
A Quinta do Pinhal tem as suas origens como uma propriedade dedicada à olivicultura. Os registos datam a plantação das oliveiras mais novas em 1902 e as atividades agrícolas já se desenvolviam desde o século anterior, porém existem árvores nos nossos terrenos com mais de 400 anos. A quinta foi autossustentável durante muitos anos até que os movimentos migratórios em direção as cidades forçaram a venda da propriedade.
A New Beginning
The property was acquired by its current owners to become their home and be the center for family and friends gatherings. Little by little, the built spaces were recovered and rehabilitated. The family members develop different projects to take advantage of and improve the facilities. Meanwhile, the fields are exploited intensively by tenants and independent seasonal work teams.
A New Beginning
Today our holistic project aims to use regenerative agricultural techniques based on pre-industrial practices. Regenerative agriculture prioritizes environmental sustainability and human health. It is a cultivation system that seeks to conserve and restore fields and their ecosystem. It aims to maintain, sustain, improve and restore what has been degraded over time. It focuses on soil regeneration, increasing biodiversity, improving the water cycle and integrating the animal population.