Be part of a busy household and farm in the rolling hills of Le Marche, Italy



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  • Description



    On our organic farm in Le Marche (Italy) with 6 ha of
    agricultural land, a river and 1 ha of forest, we have been busy -since
    december 2014- with setting up on the principles of organic/ bio-dynamic farming and permaculture.

    We are Filipe (36, portugese) and Sophie (30,Dutch) and we are working hard at our working organic farm. Besides the farm we also run a non profit organization that promotes sustainable living and eating. We organize fun workshops and events, culinary tastings and much more. We aim to cook with mainly our own products and are passionate about animal welfare, organic growing and GOOD FOOD!

    We are situated 30 minutes from the Adriatic Sea, at 300-400 meter height in the rolling hills of Le Marche. Lots of sun, but fortunately also rain. The soil is lime and a recent analysis showed that the soil is free of pesticides and herbicides.

    We are looking for volunteers who will work hard and are looking for a great team experience. We provide you with room and board in our comfortable farm (own rooms with shared bathroom; sometimes you need to pair up in a room in the busy season and three meals a day). It is important to want to learn though work seeing as that is what we focus on on the farm. There is joy to be found in accomplishing tasks togehter with the team and you, if you want to join us, should come for the experience of the farm. Not with the desire to travel and explore the area... Because you will find there is little time for this, and you will be dissapointed.

    If you are looking forward to getting your hands dirty and learn the ins and outs of a running an organic farm, a non profit organization and a big household then this is the place for you!

    Here are some of the things you will be doing as a workawayer/ farm hand staying with us, in order of frequency.

    1) daily farm chores:
    - maintaining our vegetable and herb gardens (weeding, sowing, planting, harvesting, washing, drying, conserving)
    - taking care of the animals (feeding,watering, cleaning pens, weeding the electrical fencing,
    strip-grazing, sowing the meadows, bee-keeping etc.)

    2) daily household chores
    - general housework (this everyone shares and is not part of the workhours, cleaning the house, cooking daily meals for the team, washing up etc.)
    - cooking for the entire team, eventhough we are chefs we have a lot of work to do on the land enjoy the idea of other people cooking for us as well. So if you are someone that knows how to run a household (doing some laundry, cleaning and cooking) don't hesitate to contact us.

    3) bigger farm projects or more seasonal stuff
    - building fences for fruit hedges
    - creating new vegetable plots
    - composting and making new beds
    - sowing and planting new gardens
    - harvesting

    AUPAIR: Full time, we offer 250 euro pocket money for a good aupair. We will have a little interview before hiring you. Experience is a plus!
    FARM HANDS: You will do all kinds of chores on the farm. Hours are 5 a day for workaway exchange.

    In our free time we like to make home made pizza's, have bbq's and relax after satisfying but hard work :) We have 3 bicycles which you can use to cycle to nearby towns or you can make nice hikes in our area on your free day.

    We hope to hear from you! let us know how old you are, briefly what your
    motivation is and what kind of experience you have (no experience is not a bad thing).

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Charity Work
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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

    Here you get a first hand look at what it takes to run a very diverse mixed organic farm, a big household and a non profite orgaization. You will learn a lot about organic farming through doing the work that is needed in order to call it a farm. People that learn most here are the ones that activly ask questions and have a hands on attitude! Also animal care is a big part of the day to day. Learning how to functon well in a team. We rely heavily on teamwork. Your cooking skills will improve here, at least if you already have some experience (we do unfortunatly not teach cooking to people that have never cooked and do not show specific interest in it.. it is unfortunatly too time consuming). We love to talk to people that are passionate about food though! It is a great place to get to appreciate hard work and see immidiate results. You will learn what it takes to run a big household! Another important part of this experience is the skill to listen to the people that have been here longer then you no matter there age or gender.

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    Projects involving children

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    AUPAIR: Full time, we offer 250 euro pocket money for a good aupair. We will have a little interview before hiring you. Experience is a plus!
    FARM HANDS: You will do all kinds of chores on the farm. Hours are 5 a day for workaway exchange. People that are willing to work 7 a day and commit from april till end of september plus have farm experience can get 100 euro month pocket money. There are still two pais positions open.

    Of course you do not have to have all these skills. We are looking to put together a group of people who compliment eachother well. Keep in mind that eventhough you might have a specific skill, this doesn't necessarily mean you will be doing only that type of work.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate
    German: Beginner
    Hebrew: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    A (shared) room in our house (nice rooms provided with linen, towels etc.) and 3 nice meals a day! Sometimes you need to pair up in a room if we are in a busy season. Couples can share a room.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The beach is 2 bussrides away, as are the lovely cities Fermo and Ascoli Piceno. We have 3 mountainbikes and the natural reserve Monte Sibillini is an hour away. Not many, but there are busses, and we are willing to provide transport every now and then if we will be driving that way and the number of people in the house permit us to take you :) But keep in mind, you are on a farm in a small village; no big nightlife around/ you have to enjoy the fact that you are in nature! If you like to play games! We are in big favour of playing games together

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day 5 days a week

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