Learn about self-sufficiency on my farm in Calabria, Italy



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    I am looking for people who are experienced in natural building to help recontruct part of an old stone house. We are working towards redoing the walls and would like to use natural materials.

    Hi everyone I am Rossella.
    I lived a happy life in self-sufficiency during 35 years with my husband in Calabria.
    Nowadays, I am alone and I really need help to continue this simple and healthy but hard life.
    I live between two houses, and many different things have to be done on those different places.
    An idea of the things I do :
    I have 19 goats and every day, I make my own cheese (ricotta and tome) in an artisanal and typical way.
    I cultivate two big gardens where I make growing all the vegetables I can. After pruning, I make many things with them: pesto, differents sauces, vegetables conservated in oil, dry tomatoes, and many more.
    I also do my own bread in an home made wood oven every week.
    I make many different preparations of dry meat, with typical italians recipies: pancetta, ham, dry sausage, and many more.
    I also pick up wild plants, medicine or aromatic. I dry them to use them for cooking, I also do preparations with oil, ...

    Since few years, I also have an bnb in an old lovely village. I have two flats and propose restauration for tourists.

    This is an idea of all what I do and why I need people to share my knowledges, my good home made food, and nice moments.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    What I really like is welcoming people in my house, sharing nice and good meals, showing you how I live, discovering your travelling stories and your ways of life.
    You will have the opportunity to learn how to cook good italian food, to see how to make bread, goat cheese and many others preparations, also learn how to cultivate a garden and so more!
    You will discover an old-typical Calabrese life, a life where we do all our-selves and where we don't need supermarkets.
    In my house, we live happy together!

  • Help


    I work for an idea of self-sufficiency, I don't have a real commercial activity so what I am looking for is a non-monetary exchange.

    You can help me in all the different parts of my life:
    - You can meet the goats, discover how to do cheese and bread, but I will mostly need help in the garden and in my all day life.
    - Taking care of the garden: planting, ripping weeds, pruning fruits and vegetables, and global maintain of the cultures.
    - Helping with our project of rehabilitate an old lovely typical calabrese village.
    - And also different daily or weekly tasks like cutting wood for the fire (for bread and cheese), cleaning the house, taking care of the animals, ...

    I need people who really want to help me and be part of my life, but you will have free time when you want to rest or to discover the wonderful Calabria.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    For your work, I will offer you what I can:
    You will have a room or a place to put your tent if you want, and all the accomodations of a house.
    You will taste all my healthy and home-made products. I like cooking but you will also be able to cook if you want to.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You will be able to visit the nice area of Calabria, very near form Sicilia (you will have a nice view of the Etna volcano if the weather is good!). Many hiking loops are nice to see, you can rest on the beach, and also and mostly be immerged in the Calabrese lifestyle. You will meet very nice and shining people.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

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    Hours expected

    About 5 hours per day, 1 weekly free day

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