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Hello! It’s Alex here! I’ve been volunteers in Spain, Portugal and Northern Italy, and after this, two years ago I've got my land. Since the first day we’ve been following the principles and the norms of Permaculture, which we fell in love with a few years ago, and which has profoundly affected my way of thinking and living.
We plan to restrict, to the best of our ability, the use of cement or non-natural materials in the restoration of the old cottage house, in the gathering of rain water, and in the design of our fruit and vegetable allotment. These are only some amongst many ideas for our project.
Our land is located 2km from the centre of Solarino, in the province of Siracusa. You can arrive by bus directly from Siracusa, Catania center and Catania Airport.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
I very much like meeting new people and exchanging knowledge and experiences. I occasionally (though very rarely) eat meat, and I'm very committed to good quality food. I have experience and skills in a variety of areas, including IT and project management. I love reading and learning about ‘green’ building, soil regeneration, earthworm farming and beekeeping
I would be grateful to get some help with the following activities for Fall-Winter 2019:
Olives harvesting in October, management of chicken coops, the orchard, the aromatic area, the food forest, the vegetable garden as well as the following specific projects:
- building a dedicated area for the volunteer hospitality with caravan (almost completed)
- building compost toilet, outdoor shower, outdoor kitchen, kitchen storage, tables, and relax area
- beginning some of the renovation tasks on the old building
skills and experiences as masonry, carpentry, electric engineering, plumbing and designing are all very welcome!
Until the hospitality area is finished, guests are hosted in my flat in the town of Solarino, in a room with a double sofabed, with a shared bathroom, kitchen and utility room. The accommodation is available to couples, too. Daily, we will travel to the field and often we will have the lunch there. Often, we will cook and eat together for lunch and dinner and tidy up afterwards.
we suggest visiting Siracusa and particularly the charming Ortigia district. You can also see the nearby Anapo Valley, UNESCO World Heritage Site. We have some mountain bikes you can borrow to move around and go for strolls!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours a day, 5 days a week