Rui Sousa, the parish priest, had a brilliant idea to revitalize his village: to found a cooperative to exploit the produce of local farmers who had sometimes become too old to harvest the fruits of their orchards. Rui Sousa is endowed with a strong ecological sensibility, he became an actor of the local ecology, but also with a cultural vision. We remember in particular the day when the parish distributed a camellia tree to each inhabitant to re-flower the village or the day when Prazeres hosted its small contemporary art gallery! In addition to the farm's growing areas (and a small area with animals), it also has a Casa de Cha (tea room and jams produced in situ) and a Casa da Sidra (where the local cider is delicious!). A small terrace under the trees also invites you to take time to breathe and try the local products. Today, the beautiful story continues: the organic products produced by the farm (rose cider vinegar, cider, jams, organic flour...) are sold in local supermarkets. Recently, a new entity has been added to the farm: a new gallery exhibits the herbarium of the priest Manuel de Nobrega (born in 1928), charged by the government to participate in the botanical documentary fund of Madeira. A fine example of transmission. As you will have understood, Quinta Pedagógica is much more than a simple agricultural cooperative.
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