We’re bringing food production and health FULL CIRCLE, because the health of our food is determined by how it’s farmed. Our mission is to run a farm that regenerates the environment, produces products that nourish the human body, and to get eaters to know their food and their farmer.
You know the mantra, “you only have one life, so live it to the fullest”?
That suddenly clicked after spending 11 years working and living in a way that didn’t feel meaningful. Six months after this realization, we parted with our business and belongings to recreate a life in the Azores that was more aligned with our dreams and aspirations.
João was born and raised in São Miguel and farming ran through his veins since childhood. Gena was born in California to Azorean parents and dreamt about one day doing impactful work in the place that made her happiest – the Azores.
The Farm was born out of this passion and we’ve been able to bring together Joao’s farming experience and Gena’s background in health, development, and environmental sustainability to build a holistically managed farm that takes into consideration the welfare of the animals, the environment, and the local and global community.
Now we feel aligned with our “life purpose” and this fuels us to get up each morning and do the hard work that comes with providing nourishing food for people’s tables.
Would you like to milk a cow, taste raw milk and cheese, get immersed in the green of our island, see first-hand what it’s like to be an Azorean farmer, and have a truly authentic experience?
Then come and visit our farm! We are a small farm in Achadinha located in the northeastern side of São Miguel in the Azores islands of Portugal. We have 40 cows, heifers, and calves that graze on green pastures all year round and soak up the sunshine. We are happy to tell you why our sustainable production model results in healthy cows and high-quality products.
We are open all year around and hope you can visit soon!
DURING A VISIT TO THE FARM YOU CAN
Learn to milk a cow
Move the cows from pasture to milking barn
Help feed the animals
Exchange thoughts with us about sustainable farming, food, and life!
Pet the calves
Enjoy a picnic style tasting of our delicious artisanal raw milk, homemade jam, and fresh cheese
Reconnect with your farmer and the process involved to get your food from farm to table
The tour starts between 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. depending on the time of year and typically lasts 2.5 – 3 hours.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm a booking.
“Amazing afternoon spent on beautiful pastures with some happy cows and a super friendly couple! ”-Paul R.
“Their farm is absolutely stunning - even on a really rainy day in February - and we loved seeing their passion for their work and dedication to sustainable practices and happy cows.”-Beard M.
“Would recommend this excursion to anybody willing to get out of the car, get dirty and experience the farming way of life!”-Tobey E. S.
“I would definitely recommend to everyone to visit the farm and have a great eco-friendly afternoon with this amazing couple.”-Amb A.
“We highly encourage you to visit. This will end up being a highlight of your vacation, if not the very best part of your time in the Azores!”-Maren B.
“WOW!!! We had such a great time at the farm from Gena and João!!!! It‘s now one month ago that we were there twice and our three-year-old son is still talking about the work with the tractor with farmer João!! Everytime when he sees a tractor, he smiles and says: "I drove a tractor too with farmer João!“ So thank you so much for this lifetime-experience! ”-Anja K.
“Wow. Just wow. Are you in the Azores? Are you looking for a hands on experience that is authentic? Call Gina! Gina and João are some of the best people we have ever met. Their farm is beautiful. Their animals are docile and friendly. Be prepared to get your boots muddy, roll up your sleeves for some work and leave with a smile on your face. We are so grateful to these wonderful people and the work they are doing. ”-Elise T.
“Joao and Gina have a special perspective on health and wellness. Bringing the values of whole health to their work, it was a pleasure to learn about the origins of the milk on the Azores and see the work it requires to cultivate Whole Foods. Gina and Joao are so kind and welcoming as well as knowledgeable about the islands. We enjoyed our time visiting and finishing the afternoon with a mindful meal. It’s amazing how good the food tastes when you pay witness to the entire “farm to table” experience. ”-Wanderer
“Amazing and life-changing experience.”-Henriette K.
“I got the opportunity to drink some fresh raw milk. It was absolutely delicious! It tasted amazing, a million times better than what you buy in the supermarket. ”-Paul R.
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