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All Year: march to september
Area (ha): 1
Persons: 3
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 46457
Country: Italy

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Last Updated: September 30, 2018

Come join us! If youíre interested in permaculture, organic food, vegan cooking, self-sufficiency, sustainability, nutrition, natural healing - and working in a beautiful location - you have come to the right place.

My name is Fabio I live in our family villa on a hill overlooking the city of Florence. We are lucky to live in beautiful Tuscan countryside with the historic centre of Florence just 7km away. Here we really have the best of both worlds.

Several people live here, some family, some housemates. You are welcome to join us. We can accommodate 3+ woofers, short or long term - minimum two weeks unless specially arranged. Accommodation is in the villa, with all normal facilities, including wifi.

You will work mostly with me as I am looking after the projects on the land. We produce our own wine and olive oil so work will not only be in the vegetable garden but you will also have the opportunity to learn more about viticulture, wine making, and olive cultivation (work varies, of course, depending on the season). I have also started growing vegetables and fruit here in a small vegetable patch. We make our own compost and like to recycle as much as possible with an aim to be self-sufficient and free from chemicals, and bad practices.

Tasks are varied and might include big or small projects and any of the following; weeding, sowing, cultivating, harvesting, making Ďrollsí to reduce land erosion, working the land in accordance with permaculture principles, construction work, making homemade cleaning materials.

I am especially interested in people who can bring their own permaculture knowledge, or have construction skills as I would like to build a cover and gazebo for our pizza oven. Also web developers are welcome as Iím growing an association for the experimentation of sustainable ways of living.

In addition to all of this you will also have the opportunity to learn some delicious vegan Italian recipes, eat very healthily and learn about healing and living with essential oils. I am interested in philosophies, the awakening world, I like to play the djembe. I also have started sustainable and environmental projects in Mexico where I spend half of the year.

Last but not least, Florence. This beautiful city is very close, it is easy to go by yourself walking and with buses and trams only takes one hour. This city is famous for itís museums, artworks, architecture, the amazing Duomo, Uffizzi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio and much more. We are also not far from the popular sites such as Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca and the coast. Florence and Tuscany in general are very active with projects on permaculture, organic markets, communities and ecovillages, the Renaissance seems to be here...again!

Food is very important to me, and nutrition has a fundamental role in the project - here we do our best to provide healthy organic vegan food for every meal ( but we occasionally make little vegetarian exceptions for who wants to try some traditional Italian recipe with cheese or eggs).
In the kitchen you will typically find: seeds, real extra virgin olive oil, lots of organic vegetables, coffee, vegetable milk, different kinds of lettuce, old grain pasta, rice for risotto, different cereals, fresh bread baked in a wood oven, marmelade, honey, beans, fresh fruit, himalayan salt, curcuma, bean flour, olives, herbs, etc...

In order to keep this variety of fresh, local, organic, high quality ingredients in the kitchen, a voluntary contribution of Ä25 per week is requested. This allows us to try many different recipes and accommodate special requests.

During the volunteering days we cook 3 meals together, sharing recipes and tips. During the free days, volunteers are responsible for their own meals unless different agreements are made.

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