Drop a note if you'd like to organise a stay in 2020. I'll need help in spring for pruning and clearing land of wood cuttings, and in autumn for olive harvesting and pressing.
Who I am:
Deborah, an Italo-American translator in my thirties. I've travelled a lot before settling down here and have worked as a volunteer around Europe. I speak Italian, English, some Spanish and French. I moved to this farm in 2011. I experiment with permaculture and am a member of the Italian Transition movement.
A hilly ectare's smallholding in central Italy, with mostly olive trees. Besides the olives we have a vegetable garden and chickens. Beautiful views! The house is in the woods but there are other scattered homes nearby and a very active local community, with a CSA-style scheme from which we buy whatever we cannot produce. On the farm we make our own bread, beer, jams, fruit juice, some beauty producs and medicinals, and vegetables and eggs of course! Currently everything is for our own use or informal barter, except for the oil.
What I need:
We ask volunteers to work half-days and try to work together if possible. Saturdays and Sundays are usually free although different arrangements can be sorted out, also depending on the weather.
What I offer:
Accomodation in a large double bedroom, shared kitchen and bathroom or, depending on whether family is also staying at the same time, in a flat with your own bathroom and kitchen. There is a wood stove (and wood), the kitchen runs on gas while the hot water is solar. We share lunch, organic, vegetarian and home-made, and usually also have breakfast and dinner together, but not always (there are plenty of ingredients to make your own meals). Free wifi, no television. No smoking allowed inside the house but absolutely no problem outside. If you need to bring animals check with me... there are two cats here, China and Pralina (I am mentioning this in case you have allergies)
In the vicinity...
Perugia is 10km away but there is not much in the way of public transport. We can arrange lifts, or if you have a car even better. There is plenty to do in the city, a lively college town. Also good for a day trip are Lake Trasimeno, Cortona and Assisi.