The Montado as a Common Good
The Sociedade do Freixo do Meio, which structures the social economy work developed for several generations at Herdade do Freixo do Meio, aims essentially to integrate and regulate the different uses of this Common Good
The main goal is to collectively manage the Montado do Freixo do Meio, in a way that permanently improves our relation with the available resources and the obtaining of an abundance of goods and services.
To this end, SAdFM, Lda, owned by the family of farmer Alfredo Cunhal Sendim, has adopted a formula based on shared management of the space with other family projects. The Mother institution is responsible for overall harmony as well as for the Montado (Protected Landscape) and Monte do Freixo do Meio.
The Autonomous Projects established since 2009, now include the Mel da Família Abel (Honey from Family Abel), Carlos and Catarina’s Orchard, Maria, Afonso, and João’s vegetables and meat processing, Mark’s agroforestry, Afonso’s agroforestry, Raquel’s Healing Forest nursery, and Ella Bocara’s technology innovation project.
Agostinho da Silva
In spite of all difficulties, in spite of all obstacles that an economic system, which anyway could not have been another, raised, men always showed their desire for cooperation, the joy of a life together where we can help each other, always had as an ideal a state of society, an organization, where they wouldn’t have to separate their individual interest from the interest of the community, in which the two aspects of their life formed a whole that gave them the harmony, the peace, the inner tranquility men seek above all else.
«As Cooperativas, Iniciação», 1942
What moves us today and tomorrow
Inspired by the nature of the Montado, the Sociedade Agricola do Freixo do Meio is a place of cooperation, inclusion, personal development, work, and community building. Our aim is to give form to a community that harmoniously integrates the ecosystem it belongs to and that is autonomous, resilient, peaceful, and ecumenical, in a proud alignment with the vision of the «Fifth Empire» as referred by Agostinho da Silva.
Our mission is based on demanding standards, transparency, social participation, knowledge, and innovation, made richer by the science, agroecology, permaculture, and food sovereignty.
The Principles of the Cooperative
The fundamentals we aim to fulfil every day at the Herdade do Freixo do Meio.