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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2,4
Persons: 1
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 19468
Country: Italy

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Last Updated: October 11, 2017

In 1977 I inherited and have run this traditional bee farm which was started in 1917 by my maternal grandmother Licu Olla who introduced moveable beehives (one of the first to do so in Sardegna). I have three apiaries in the countryside and the wildflowers and rare endemic plants of this area make it an ideal place to keep bees. The area of Monte Arci, near the west coast of Sardinia, is of the highest quality environmentally and historically. It is part of Parco Geominerario della Sardegna and is poised to become the first natural park on the island. As an environmentally friendly activity our beekeeping is of the highest standard. I work the hives and farm organically (certified) and my ‘Mieleria’, powered by a photovoltaic system is built in the traditional clay bricks used in Sardinia. In addition to the bees, we have, distributed in several plots around the farm, an orchard consisting mainly of olive, apple, almond and pear trees. Since September 2012 there has been a library in the Mieleria which includes, books on beekeeping, sustainable architecture, renewable energy, the environment, permaculture, organic farming, alternative medicine, ecotourism, natural cosmetics, nutrition, natural fabrics & critical consumption. The library is supported by the NGO Terra Noba which is very active in culture and education. The Mieleria is 500 meters from Ales, easily accessible on foot or by bike - which we can lend you. The town is well connected by buses and is 17 km from the nearest railway station. I can only accommodate one person at a time, in the Mieleria. The length of stay is to be determined each time, but not less than 15 days and in close relation with the activities and the bees (planting, pruning, harvesting, etc.). Ongoing projects are related to the management of apiaries, to the care of our orchard and synergic vegetable garden, cultural activities with the NGO Terra Noba. The organic meals tend to be vegetarian. I speak some English.

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