"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
Hotel na Ilha do Faial
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.
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
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