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Carate Urio
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 20
Persons: 1
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 84590
Country: Italy

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Last Updated: April 14, 2018

Since August 2015 we have lived in Monte di Carate in an old farmhouse, surrounded by meadows at the edge of the forest, at 850 m asl.
The nearest village is by the lake. To get there, there is track of 2.5 km, on foot (45 minutes) or with a small off-road vehicle (20 minutes). We overlook the lake with a magnificent view and we are facing South, towards Como.
The climate is excellent, generally dry and mitigated by the lake.
At the present time we have a farm, and we live with 4 dogs, 2 cats, 3 horses and 5 goats. We have a project for a new barn and the restructuring of the farmhouse in progress, with expansion to make the laboratory and a dryer. We are also taking care of the chestnut forest behind the farmhouse. The works consist of (non-exhaustive list): installation of fences; restoration of dry walls; building stables; daily cleaning; clearing in the forest; wood cutting; pruning; renovation of the farmhouse; preparation and cutting of fields for hay; chestnut harvesting ... The days will be interspersed with moments of experiences shared with other animals, observation of the native animals, recognition and harvesting of herbs and wild fruits, ... The meals are almost 100% organic, without animal products (vegan), based on whole grains, legumes, vegetables. We will prepare together focaccia, bread using ancient grains, cakes, etc ... The inside spaces are shared with dogs and cats. It's a smoke free area thoroughly. At the moment we can host 1 person in a small room. In the future, when the farmhouse will have been renovated, there will be more possibilities of accomodation. For the same reason, at the moment no children or other animals can come. We produce our own electricity and we use rain water. The general idea is to make a solid foundation for self-production and self-support, which together with the maximum reduction of waste, the use of natural resources, and the harvesting of wild herbs and fruit,should guarantee us most of the necessities to live. Our values are based on the recognition of other individuals, human and animals, all as subjects with full rights to their own emancipation.
Elena speaks English, Claudio a bit of French and a very little bit of English.

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