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All Year: no helpers needed now
Area (ha): 5+
Persons: 6
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 41190
Country: Italy

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Last Updated: March 10, 2018

**Please check our dates below before contacting us, thank you**

We enjoy hosting small groups of helpers at our mountain farmhouse for intensive (and fun!) projects lasting about 1-2 weeks, rather than long-term.

We are currently fully booked with volunteers until Sept or October... please watch this space for further openings, thanks!

Murotto is a peaceful hamlet of 3 farmhouses in a chestnut forest above the small village of Baggio (600m, pop 100) in northern Tuscany. We are 10km from Pistoia, a beautiful medieval city half way between Florence and Lucca - named as Culture Capital of Italy 2017! Come by car or train+local bus, or we'll meet you at Pistoia train station. Murotto is off-road (except by 4wd) so there is a 10-min walk up a stone mule path to the houses. From Murotto you can walk 20 mins to up a waterfall for a cool plunge, or explore the vast Apennine wilderness full of boar, deer, foxes, porcupines and many other wild animals. Just below us, Baggio is a traditional village of foresters, farmers and skilled people with a strong community association that runs festivals and a fabulous pizzeria every Saturday.

We offer clean and comfortable bedrooms, wood-fired central heating, hot water, wifi (via radio signal), linens/towels, laundry, healthy & delicious meals (vegan, gluten-free, veggie, meat-eaters all welcome!) English, Italian, Spanish, French and German spoken depending who is here.

We are Jethro and Olivia (late-50s), and sometimes our three children (20s/30s), their partners, a grandchild and a grandmother. We are a fun, creative family of writers, artists, musicians, scientists committed to sustainable living, wellbeing, the environment and social justice. Oliva was born in Italy, she and Jethro are originally from the US, then lived in the UK for many years. Our family has been coming to Murotto for 3 generations and the two of us now live here.

In Murroto we care for ancient chestnut forests, orchards, an organic garden, fields, walking trails, two farmhouses (one for guests/rentals) and several outbuildings/workshops (no farm animals just yet), with lots of inspiring things for Helpers to work on for 4 or 5hrs per day.

**We will post new helper dates when we are ready**

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