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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2
Persons: 1-4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 56209
Country: Italy

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Last Updated: March 15, 2018

We are an English couple who have now relocated to Italy and started renovating an old Tuscan farmhouse with a view to it being used as a home and a heritage project for antique organic fruit and vegetables varieties of Tuscany
We have started on a building project but the first phase which is mostly structural is being carried out by professional builders. From June onwards there will be some building work for us to do We are trying to keep the house very rustic, authentic and restore it to it's older form so every thing will be natural and hand made. Over the summer the main tasks will be preparing the vegetable garden and fruit orchards We will soon be planting more fruit trees and building an irrigation system. We are at the beginning of starting up a collection of antique fruit varieties of all sorts and hope to eventually use it for educational and leisure purposes to include processing storage and the preserving of Italian fruit and vegetables. We are very much into food and cooking !! If you can stay for at least two weeks that would be great and much longer if you can. There will likely be 3-4 helpx from around the world so lots of stories around the lunch snd dinner table . This is a fantastic rustic area with wonderful culinary traditions and the locals are great I am sure you will love it.
We work for 5 hours per day in exchange for board and lodgings. All food is included We only cook and prepare vegan food
We have an existing cottage on the land which we renovated several years ago and is now our home You will have your own bedroom in a separate apartment with its own kitchen and bathroom During the week we all eat together We have wifi and a beautiful terrace with views of Apennine and Apuane mountains .
We prefer Helpx with some building/ land/gardening skills and who are happy to get involved in this type of work. Couples are very welcome as much help his needed in kitchen and garden.
We are only 30 minutes from the sea and 'Cinque Terra' and it is an hour from Pisa/Lucca and two hours from Florence .We love walking and would love to show you an undiscovered part of Italy famous for food and foraging and porcini mushrooms. Come and join us on our 'great escape' in an undiscovered part of Tuscany!!

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