"Each and every one of our initiatives is based on the idea of sustainability. Quinta da Meia Eira is an agrotourism lodging that seeks a balance with nature, targeting the way to minimize the ecological footprint of its activity."
 

- Quinta da Meia Eira Team

Construction and Furniture

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During the houses reconstruction, we only used wood comming from commercial forest plantations in the Azores and the portuguese mainland.

For furniture and decoration, we restored antiques combined with already used wood, tributing our heritage and avoiding the new furniture manufacturing and its transportation. This way, we created a unique language of design and inner decoration.
Our outdoor furniture is also made of wood, so that we can maintain it every year and avoid using plastic.

We prefer architectural solutions with natural lighting of the rooms and common areas, as well as aeration, heating and well-being solutions.

Organic Agriculture

Quinta da Meia Eira, with 6 ha of agricultural area, is an agritourism organic lodging growing farm products that our guests can taste.

When Quinta da Meia Eira started in 1997, all the farmland was used for cattle ranching under an intensive regime of maize and weed production. This system led to a significant level of soil depletion and biodiversity reduction.

Over the past 20 years, we have been growing gardens, vegetables, orchards, beehives and animal’s spots, combining the traditional varieties with many others that we have been experimenting and adapting.

In this slow process of transforming our agriculture - it never ends! - We have planted over 3000 trees and shrubs. Many of these are wind courtains and shelters as the wind can blow strong every once in a while. At Quinta da Meia Eira we have near 1 km of these structures, which protects orchards and vegetable gardens.

These areas are also important feeding, protection and nesting places for birds and insects, whome strongly contributes to ecological balance and biodiversity.

The result is an agri-garden certified in organic production by EU standards, where we join agroforestry and permaculture concepts.

The grassland that remains is nowadays conducted under permanent pastureland with a reduced livestock. Soil conservation is an important value for us. We have been planting trees across the pastureland in order to permit shade and protection for our animals. This is how we feed our cows, without using industrial or off-farm incomes. They live on extensive free-herding 365 days a year, where mothers freely nurse their young.

All rain water is used in agriculture and livestock, collected from the roofs of buildings and threshing floors, stored in our 3 traditional cisterns. Cows find it permanently available as we use a gravity-based system, based on the altitude level of the reservoirs.

Ethics in food production and the idea of food self-sufficiency are important values for us.

We produce healthy food in a healthy way! This is what we eat and share with those who visit us!

Day by Day Eco

Our breakfast is mainly composed of organic, local and season foods. We produce fruits and tea herbs, we make our own yogurts, our jams, we produce our eggs… As we are not self-sufficient on the farm, we buy from other producers nearby.

Organic Breakfast

Hot water is obtained using thermodynamic solar panels and we use flow economizers. Rainwater is collected to use inside the farm.

Water

We use environmentally friendly EU Ecolabel certified cleaning and hygiene products, recycled toilet paper and dispensers for shower gel and liquid soap. Regarding laundry, all clothes are dried in the air / sun, thus avoiding unnecessary consumption of electricity.

Hygiene and cleaning

Our pool is covered with a sliding sleeve and an outside cover to keep the water warm and the it is heated due to the greenhouse effect of the sctructure surounding the pool,. The water temperature varies throughout the year and depends on the weather conditions and the use we make of the pool.

Pool

Organic waste is fully reused on the farm for compost or with the help of small animals. We have a bio-shredder for the production of organic mulch material. The remaining waste we produce is completely separated and delivered for recycling, leaving a very small amount of non-recyclable waste. We do not use disposable dishes.

Waste

All areas inside are non smoking environments. Smokers find ashtrays that they can use to smoke outside.

Smokers

Customers have got bicycles available that they can use during their stay with us at no extra cost.

Bicycles

We want to ensure that all our guests find the comfort they need. In addition to passive welfare-friendly methods, all rooms have state-of-the-art air conditioning, as this is the most energy-efficient active method for heating, cooling and dehumidification, a significant aspect to have. into account in our climate. We leave it to the discretion of our guests, not imposing our worldview on them, but minimizing the impacts of their choice through the use of appropriate equipment and environmentally certified companies for supply and maintenance.

Ar conditioning

The living room has a library where you can find several books on environmental and socio-cultural themes of the Azores, as well as guides on flora and fauna.

Library
 

Social Responsability

Fair work
Working with the society

Quinta da Meia Eira is a family-owned company that seeks to be socially fair in its working and commercial relationships and to be open to society.

Although part of our activity is seasonal, we keep our employees throughout the year.

Our employees have a permanent bond. It means they have job security and can face the future with confidence.

We have allways provided school visits, as well as several internships and professional training, free of charge, both in the areas of tourism and agricultural activity.
 
We prefer local products and companies, and its environmental and social conduct is equally important to us.

We participate in local and regional organizations and are open to their initiatives.

We believe the world should be a good place for all