Food Foresting by Mediterranean sea in Sicily



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  • Description


    Since 2017 I have started a food forest project between Catania and Siracusa, by the sea. The area is quite accessible, just about 12km from the center of Catania.
    I need help in order to begin to live there and share the place with others that will be interested in a full sustainable life, to be shared. Permaculture principles are followed here.
    At the moment the land is especially profited by rabbits, porcupines and birds (from kingfishers to Buzzards) together with hunters that will have to stop hunting there. It is a private land but it is accessible and I would like to keep it accessible for walkers.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Elderly Companion
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I have traveled most of my life as a professional dancer and performer- I also have always been a self researcher in plants medical uses and other non allopatic remedies.
    In june 2017 I accomplished the PDC course (permaculture design course) which opened a new space in my mind for never ending studies. I'd like to share those topics with whoever comes.
    I love to collect and cook wild plants too.
    I try to eat wild at least a little bit everyday and I believe that strongly strengthens my health approach.

  • Help


    I want to built some small wind mill to be able to catch the water from the water well, organize the irrigation system, built yurtas, Tipis or other structures such as compost toilets and composters, prepare bokashi and other compost biofertilizers, plant new trees and plants, collect the wild veggies and fruits that generously mother Earth gives to us, such as wild beans and lupins, asparagus, blackberrys etc.
    I have to travel about 25 km every day to reach the land which is near by Agnone (Siracusa) therefore sometimes also the helpers will be traveling with me from mount Etna where I have accommodation to offer.
    We can also easly camp there.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    sicilian, italian, english, spanish, german some french, catalan and portuguese

  • Accommodation


    I can host the helpers in a village on mount Etna, Tremestieri Etneo. In the land we can camp. The fact we are not necessarily staying all the time in the land may slightly change the regular schedule of the work hours (4h per day), so some days we may be completely free or traveling around Sicily and others we can work a bit more but nevertheless we will try to do as we can without stress or overload of work.
    Van holders are superWelcomed!! They can still stay in the house if they want to and use all the facilities but they'll be more independent.

    The food prepared is vegetarian and organic. Other or special requirements have to be discussed before the arrival.
    Some periods less work time will be required (under 15h) and in this case no food will be supplied. Accomodation will anyway be assured.
    Some costs sharing may be required for the gasoline, if we decide to travel a bit in search of a wonderful beach to chill out or touring to visit the island, other villages etc., unless you come with your own car, Van...
    Bring tent and sleeping bag with you, just in case, I know incredible places to go and relax, regenerate, heal, collect plants to replant in our garden.

    In any case no charge is required beside special situations as mentioned above.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    As depending on the scheduled actions we will face during the time spent together, there will be free time to be spent in lively Catania which is not too far away from both the village on Etna and the land by the sea or lots of other natural reserves and magical villages to be visited during your stay in Sicily. We can also visit many others communities, farms and sanctuaries around with permacultural or land regenerative vocation.

    The helpers have to have in mind that I cannot be their Mom and that independence, reliability, and proper organization is a main issue for all of us.

    It will be fun and learning time for everyone.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • 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

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