This project is part of a sustainable re-population project in the Abruzzo countryside. It's part of a network active in this area which connects all the people living around that have chosen the natural farming as their way to freedom. I'm 42 years old and i live one and half km away from Tufillo in a three hectares property. An open space for those who love nature, natural farming, art, and the sharing of goods, knowledge and experience.
I started this project which includes the renovation of a farm shed, the building of a strawbale house, some organic vegetable gardens, a meditative corner on an old oak tree, a thermocompost-shower, a clay pizza oven, a bio-climatic chicken coop and small stable. There are to be planted an orchard and a vineyard. From the water source present in the property gushes pure water that will be channeled into two bio-pools that will be used as tanks but also for fish breeding. At the moment there are three chickens and three dogs but i also want to breed geese, rabbits, bees, goats and black pigs.
There are 200 olive trees and two synergistic organic vegetable gardens. I love to build useful things using natural materials and i built already a clay compost toilet, a bioclimatic mushroom shaped strawbale chicken coop with roof garden and a solar dehydrator. The shower is a wild shower with water heated on the fire. As the cottage will be demolited the living and the kitchen area will be in the olive groove under a tent till the costruction of the strawbale house will be ultimated.
The cuisine is mostly vegetarian but barbecue with meat and local wine also are welcome. I can accommodate from a minimum of a few days, up to a maximum to be determined together. If you play a musical instrument bring it with you. In this area of Abruzzo, there are many vacant lots and crumbling farmhouses for sale just waiting to be brought back to life.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
I Can teach Italian language to non-italian speakers.
I'm a good chef and i can teach to volunteers how to prepare the most famous italian dishes such as pasta, pizza or tiramisù.
Also the volunteers can learn techniques of: strawbale construction, rocket stoves construction, management of synergistic organic vegetable garden, favorable inter-cropping among plants, formulation and use of macerated, extra virgin olive oil production, recognition of edible wild herbs and medicinal plants, self-production of soaps and canned food, construction of dry stone wall, terracing, swales and other things related to self-sufficiency.
The help required will vary according to the moment needs. Volunteers will not be required to do too heavy work, the most important thing is the collaboration in harmony. The workawayers will be asked to help with planting, weeding, harvesting in the vegetable garden, to help with pruning in the olive trees and collecting wood for the fire, help in building with natural material as rocks, clay, straw and wood. Collecting wild plants or wild fruit in order to make canned food. Help in preparing the meals.
In march/april 2018 we will demolish the old cottage in order to build the new strawbale house, so, for the year 2018 the hospitality is offered only in camping tent and only in the warm seasons.
The camping tent is already here and it's fitted with mattressess, bed sheet, cushion and blanket. The tent has two separate room in order to host two people. If you don't want to share the tent with another volunteer you can bring your own tent and i will provide to you mattresses, sheets, cushion and blankets.
There is electric energy but there is no heating, no washing machine, no television, no wifi and no swimming pool :) Currently i'm living in a roulotte.
I will provide to the workawayers brakfast, lunch and dinner. I will eat with the volunteers and we will prepare together the meals. Any way, the kitchen is always open and volunteers can have food at any time they wish.
This is a beautiful natural wild area. There are plenty of walks in the wild forest. I live 25 km away from beautiful beaches as "Punta penna" or "Punta aderci" classified as the third most beatiful beach in Italy and one hour away from the "Maiella" one of the most beautiful natural park in Italy. In "Tufillo" one and half km away from where i live, you can enjoy the real italian life style. You will be submerged by the best italian food and the ancient culture still alive in the village.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week