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All Year: Spring/Summer
Area (ha): 3
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 38799
Country: Italy

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Last Updated: August 26, 2017

We are part of a sustainable re-population project in the Abruzzo countryside. It's part of a network that is active in the area which connects all the people living around that have chosen the natural farming as the way to freedom. I'm 39 years old and i live one and half km away from Tufillo in a three hectares property. An open space for those who love nature, natural farming, art, and the sharing of goods, knowledge and experience. I started this project which includes the renovation of a farm shed, the building of a strawbale house and three little strawbale individuals housing units, a vegetable garden, a meditative corner on an old oak tree, a compost-shower, a clay oven, a bio-climatic chicken coop, a small stable. There are to be planted an orchard and a vineyard. From the water source present in the property, gushes pure water that will be channeled it into two bio-pools that will be used as tanks but also for fish breeding. I also will breed chickens, geese, rabbits, bees, goats and black pig. This is a newborn project and is currently in the planning stage, so, for the moment, the hospitality is offered only in the tent and only in the warm seasons. The cottage has been abandoned for 30 years and cannot be used because it's in ruins. There is electric energy but there aren't any heating no washing machine and no television. Currently I live in a roulotte. There are 200 olive trees, a synergic vegetable garden, a compost toilet and a wild shower with water heated on the fire. The volunteers can learn techniques of: strawbale construction, rocket stoves construction, management of synergistic organic vegetable garden, favorable inter-cropping among plants, formulation and use of macerated, extra virgin olive oil production, recognition of edible wild herbs and medicinal plants, self-production of soaps and canned food, construction of dry stone wall, terracing, swales and other things related to self-sufficiency. The work to be performed vary according to the moment needs. Volunteers will not be required to do too heavy work, the most important thing is the collaboration in harmony. The cuisine is mostly vegetarian but barbecue with meat and local wine also are welcome. I can accommodate from a minimum of a few days, up to a maximum to be determined together. If you play a musical instrument bring it with you. In this area of Abruzzo, there are many vacant lots and crumbling farmhouses for sale just waiting to be brought back to life. I speak Italian, English and Spanish.

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