Building together for sustainability a collaborative approach to enhance green building in Sicily, Italy



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  • Description


    We are seeking a couple with technical and managerial experience in the fields of agriculture, animal husbandry and with cooking skills for a continuous working relationship with residence.

    🐄 With more than 17 hectares, currently has a vegetable garden and orchard that is cultivated without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. The ancient olive grove, of about 800 trees, is fertilized exclusively through the free grazing of a Cinisara cow, two donkeys, a mare, and various hens.
    There are also hospitality facilities.
    Living/sleeping accommodations are provided and a farmhouse kitchen is undergoing expansion.

    📋 We are looking for an organized couple who is capable of managing all of these activities.

    The farm is located in a striking environment at the foot of Mount Inici (Site of Community Importance), in Castellammare del Golfo (Sicily, Italy). It is an organic farm which emphasises a Permaculture approach to agriculture through the synergy between animals, land and humans in order to enhance functional diversity and biological fertility of the eco-system. We have an experimental approach to the rural area where we live, implementing multidisciplinary planning of the following activities: agriculture, self built natural building, shared learning experiences, hosting artists in creative spaces including a recording studio

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    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

    The farm would promote a social and educational approaches based on :

    Self-building to encourage a process of identification between people and the place where they live;
    Non formal education- Experiential learning bringing people work together and learning by doing methods and technique to build sustainable house;
    Social relationship creating moments of human and cultural exchanges.

    The main learning objectives of the train:

    O.1 The effectiveness of constructed wetland for household water wast treatment.
    Description : the trining aims to acquire knowledge and personal capability to mitigate the environmental impact by improving household wastewater treatment.
    Usually, household wastewater can contain contaminants that degrade water quality for such uses as drinking, stock watering, food preparation and cleaning. A properly installed and maintained system for treating and disposing of household wastewater will minimize the impact of that system on ground water and surface water.
    The training consist on building two evapotranspiration tanks in existing houses.
    O.2 Build together a new green building
    Description: the train aims to acquire practical knowledge on how to build a green house in a rural area recycling and use local materials.

    For 2021/2022 we would like to enhance the field of natural building starting with a "sustainable worksite” in which the volunteers will be involved in a realization of water waste treatment systems for existing houses and in the construction of a new natural house.

  • Help


    In our farm you can get involved in our activities:

    Self organized community
    Self build natural building
    Organizing artist in residence and training experiences
    Animal care
    Olive harvest
    recording project

  • Languages spoken

    French: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    English: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    The farm provides a bedroom.
    In autumn, spring and summer there are beds available in the caravans.
    Volunteers can use a common and equipped kitchen

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The farm is located in the west of Sicily close to Scopello village, Castellammare del Golfo. There is not

  • 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

  • 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, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 512339126947