Help us become more self-sufficient and support a vibrant cultural community in Magliano Sabina, Italy



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  • Description


    Hi. I am Shakeeb the caretaker of a farm in the beautiful Sabine hills some 60 kms north of Rome.

    I believe that the future of humanity lies in the adoption of a shared economy which works in harmony with nature. The farm is not a commercial business.

    The farm covers three hectares with traditionally planted olive trees, a vineyard and fruit tree and a magnificent area suitable for market gardening. Landscaped gardens and meditative spaces surround the farm’s many structures (7 bedroom farmhouse, dining hall & kitchen, traditional wood oven, barn, workshop, sauna & hamam).

    Since becoming caretaker in late 2020 I have set out to transform the farm towards policulture regenerative agriculture (permaculture and no dig) with the aim of becoming self-sufficient and capable of supporting a vibrant community of eco-conscious travellers.

    So far the farm has achieved self-sufficiency in electricity. A rainwater harvesting system is being developed, and firewood production organised for heating and cooking. Composting and biomass recycling is being developed to sustain a vegetable garden and the traditional monoculture fruit orchids are being reorganised into food forests.

    I am interested in the many new eco technologies emerging around the world (mini wind and solar), as well as the many innovative recycling ideas (such as converting petrol cars to electric, repurposing wood pellets) and I would be happy to partner with anyone willing and able to organise an eco-recycling workshop.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will be expected to participate positively in the social & cultural life of the farm, be ‘situationally aware’ and ‘mindful’ at all times, and be respectful and considerate in your interactions with others.

    Meal times are important moments in the cultural life of the farm and an opportunity for good conversation and conviviality, as well as practical daily planning and communication.

  • Help


    You will be expected to work up to a maximum of 5 hours a day, Monday to Friday. Physical manual work can be done by those without any farming related skills and experience. There is always plenty of work for those with trade skills such as carpentry, plumbing, welding, masonry, etc.

    You will be expected to help with the household chores at all times, including weekends - preparing meals, food conservation, clearing up, keeping common areas clean & tidy, etc. Household chores are not considered part of your voluntary work.

    Aiming for self-sufficiency involves learning how to make many of the things we buy. Preparing a meal is not limited to cooking but also involves food processing and conservation (jams, pickling, drying, yogurt, breads, biscuits, etc).

    You must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and have the legal right to do voluntary work in Italy.

    You will need to use your own data plan for internet access. There is good G4 reception.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    Bengali (Bangla): Intermediate
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    There are 5 guest bedrooms available in the farmhouse, all with attached shower bathrooms.

    Single workawayers may be asked to share a room, while couples and families will be offered private rooms.

    There is one room with wheelchair access with a disability enabled shower bathroom.

    Healthy vegetarian meals are provided for breakfast lunch and dinner. You will be expected to help in the preparation,washing up and cleaning of all meals. Preparing meals is not limited to cooking but also involves food processing and conservation (jams, pickling, drying, yogurt, breads, biscuits, etc).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The nearest town, Magliano Sabina, is 3 kms away, a 50 min walk. The nearest bar is a 15 min walk.

    The train station (Civita Castellana - Magliano) is about 4 kms. I can pick and drop you. There are trains once an hour for Rome and takes about an hour.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    There is good G4 connectivity on the farm. You will be expected to use own internet data plan.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, Monday to Friday.

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Host ref number: 164217669271