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All Year: maybe
Area (ha): 1
Persons: 2
Category: Other
Host ID: 10689
Country: Italy

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Last Updated: July 23, 2017

Small rural household , couple of acres of orange garden which is merging with a new market garden to feed us, our friends and many other families in Catania. A growing network of farmers which aims to live off the land and initiating a slow but steady blue economy. We cooperate providing some of the crops that are then sold using filed to door deliveries . The market garden has just started to give off lots of tomatoes and zucchini and we are dealing with off the grid irrigation solution to increase our production area. Sharing workload and tools with our network (and nighbour), our goal is to produse better in less space , following the footsteps of biointensive market gardener such as JM Fortier and Curtis Stone.

Type of help
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
General Maintenance
Help in the house
Animal care
Language practice
Help with Computers / internet

We mainly work in our market garden, for the joy to produce and sell healthy food. So the help is often dedicated to plant, weed and harvest our veggie patches. We are studying the best and latest biointensive techniques in order to weed as less as possible and improve our quality and output, increasing work efficency and minimizing the workload.

We often play with drip irrigation systems but manly everything is automated so not a big deal.
Thanks to biointensive tools we are testing, we'd like to bring weeding to a minimum and switching from weeding to cultivate the soil!! But at the moment is still the main task.

Cooking skills are highly appreciated !!! Due to our works it's not so easy to organize the meal in time, so we end up eating pretty late, but if you can help with cooking that would be great to keep us on track!

Languages spoken
Italian, English, French, Spanish

Accomodation is in a nice and comfy caravan

What else ...
We are 20km from Catania and the jonic cost... Etna is our god whom is watching over us ! You can visit it and it's amazing trekking trails.

How many helpers can stay?

Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
The market garden managers can teach you all about biointensive gardening, market strategies and microgreens.
Some of the neighbours are very skilled permaculture expert and of them is getting the diploma to be a teacher.

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