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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2
Persons: 2-4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 92941
Country: Italy

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Last Updated: August 4, 2020


Our beautiful countryside homestead (only 5 acres so not really a farm) is in the mountainous hills above the historic castle town of Caccamo, Sicily. It is surrounded scraggy mountains and long valley walks. It is perfect for hiking or just relaxing in the sun with a good book. Within easy travelling distant for those interested in exploring this culturally rich island, is the seaside town of Cefalù or even the main capital city of Palermo, both are easily accessible by bus and train.

We work daily on various homesteading tasks, tree pruning, harvesting organic fruits, olives, almonds, grapes, fence maintenance, cleaning the garden, sorting out irrigation systems, all the normal ‘life in the country’ stuff. Because of the organic nature of our land, you will encounter the odd spider and ‘creepy crawly’ when working outside, so we are definitely best suited to folks used to country life.

We would best suit a HelpX-er who wants to be treated as one of ‘the family’ and likes to ‘muck in’. So come and join us as we go about our country lifestyle. Some manual and gardening experience would be nice, but not essential. Or maybe a carpenter, builder, or plumber, as there is always general maintenance to be done.

We speak English with a little Italian, but with a smile and a willingness to learn, most jobs can explained easily.

We can offer our HelpX-ers a totally self contained guest house, fully equipped with brand new amenities (kitchen, washing machine, fridge/freezer, unlimited internet, etc). You are welcome to join us for the family meals or do your own thing. We would prefer you do not smoke in the house, and remember to keep the door closed unless you want to be woken up by one of our very friendly dogs and cats.

A car is advisable as we are a good 15 mins (by car) out of the town. But if you prefer not to drive, you are also very welcome to join us when we go into town for supplies which we do a couple of times a week.

We have a micro vineyard, olive and fruit trees and a few bee hives. We make our own organic jams, chutneys, and Sicilian style preserves throughout the year, as well as making our own wine & olive oil, we also farm vegetables, fruit, almonds, walnuts, etc. The work varies with the season and is different every day.

Working hours will be flexible (job dependant) as some jobs just need to get finished in one day. But you can choose either a 15-16 hours a week and buy and cook your own food. Or a full 25 hour week (five 1/2 days) and join us for family meals.

We look forward to sharing our little part of Sicily and a glass of our own homemade wine with you.

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