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Ceglie Messapica
All Year: yes
Area (ha): 2
Persons: 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 41934
Country: Italy

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Last Updated: July 7, 2016


We need helpers for working on the land and for natural building.

We are currently living on 2 hectares of land in the South of Italy (Puglia). On this land there has been a trullo for more than 100 years. A trullo is a typical house of the area, which is made by hard limestones and has conical rooftop.
Also there are already around 160 olive trees, and a lot of almond trees, fig trees, and many other fruit trees

Our mission is to make this piece of land as beautiful and sustainable as possible, to live a life with a small footprint and we want to share the fruits of this land with others.
We are treating the land without any pesticides and we are growing vegetables organically. We started a compost, we have two dogs and a cat. Our future dream is that there is more variety of trees, plants and vegetables.

Last summer we have build an outdoor kitchen, and this summer we want to build an indoor kitchen, bathroom and extra guestroom.
As said we want to live sustainable, so it means also our way of building is. That means we use natural materials (like earth, sand, straw and water-reed) and we recycle used materials.

- who are we:
We are a couple. Domenico is Italian, has lived in England and the Netherlands, knows about carpenting, loves planting trees, vegetables, and building with natural materials. Jessica is Dutch/Spanish, just moved to Italy, was a social worker, is now a starter yoga-teacher and starter with natural building and sustainable agriculture. We speak Italian, English, Spanish and Dutch

- what do we need help for:

We need help for building and with the land.
Building: earth plastering, cleaning water-reed, cleaning wooden poles, and other building activities
Cultivating the land: helping with taking care of vegetables, plants and trees, harvesting
Making products from vegetables and fruits of our land (dried fruits, juices, marmalade, tomato sauce)

- what do we offer to helpers:
- accommodation: inside the trullo we have beds, in total for four people (beside us).We dont have separate rooms yet. It is also possible to bring your tent and camp outside.
We have an outdoor kitchen and outdoor shower. The water of the shower is heated by the sun. We have an outdoor compost toilet.
- food: three meals, vegetarian, mostly food from our land, otherwise bought locally from farmers
- yoga and meditation in morning and/or late evening

what do we expect:
To help us by working with us for around 4-6 hours per day (4-5 days a week). We like to also learn from you and share experiences. Also we like to play music instruments and sing/dance together.
Also if you want to contribute in another way: you can buy tree(s) and plant them here.

extra info:
The town Ceglie Messapica is 2/3 km away. So it is walkable, but we recommend using a bike (we maybe have extra bike).
It has a very beautiful historical centre. The Valle d' Itria is beautiful to explore by bike.
Otherwise there are train and bus connections for example to Ostuni, Cisternino, Lecce.
There are nice beaches in the area; there are bus connections to it. In the summer there are many cultural events and parties in the area.

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