Help create a self-sufficient farm in the beautiful Camonica Valley, Italy

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Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: at least a week

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a couple of young hearted people and we bought an estate in the mountains a few yers ago. After some necessary renovations we finally moved into our new home and we have so many ideas and projects we would like to do but we realized we need help! We have chickens, sheeps, lambs, geese and a house cat, of course. Our dream is to create an all natural and self-sufficient farm in the near future.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    You will be able to get familiar with the Italian language and traditions, manage a chicken coop, collect wild herbs, recognize poisonous plants, basic shepperding, looking for mushrooms, walnuts, chestnust etc.
    Fabrizio speaks and understands English well while Levi, who has a more basic understanding of English (still improving her speaking) can both offer benefit from listening to family conversations. :)
    Levi is interested in herbs and will be able to introduce you to some poisonous plants that she cultivates herself and other spontaneous ones that are excellent in the kitchen and for body care.
    It will then be fun to learn how to take care of the hens in our chicken coop and also want to learn how to manage a very small flock of sheep.

  • Help

    Help

    We need help with yearly outdoor projects including: gardening, shepparding, feeding and maintaining chickens and wood splitting and stacking etc.

    We always need help to regularly upkeep the estate: painting, mortar repair,small building projects, wood working......... strong arms and good skills are more than welcome :)

    We also need to finish wire mesh fencing around the border of our property (about 1km) to protect our animals and leave them as free as possible. We have already started this project but it still undergoing and any help will be appreciated.
    Many fields have to be cut for collecting hay to store in the barn in the winter.
    Every year we have a delivery of wood logs of various sizes wich we required assistance cutting in smaller sections, splitting and stacking in the wood shed for the winter.
    Regarding gardens, the method of the "elementary" garden is definitely our way, it is a non-tillage of the soil and the use of a thick hay mulch. It would be nice to experiment gardening in this way with someone and we're also open to new ideas as well :)
    We intend to purchase 100 to 200 different types of fruit trees in spring 2024 to create a small orchard on our property. We're looking for help in planting these trees in late April or May, depending on the weather.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    Italian: Fluent
    English: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    We speak quite good English but we have few opportunities to practice. So, we are more than happy to speak English with those who prefer to communicate in English. We will be happy to help you improve your Italian who those who have a basic understanding of the language.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Our house is a two stories, we have a dedicated bedroom for guests. We can accodmodate couples in a double bed or singles in a bunk bed. We usually offer guests there own private bathroom on the second level with all the facilities. We also have a shared bathroom on the ground level. We are a couple, on a few occasions our two adult children will be at home with us. We have a cat that spends most of the time inside the house. We do not smoke. We eat a wide variety of food, with the most focus in the italian food. We do eat meat and, if necessary, we can easily accomodate vegetarians. Unfortunately we're unable to accomodate vegans or those with celiac disease. If you have some other food request please feel free to message us.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The area is at the end of the Camonica Valley, on the top of the Iseo Lake. The valley is famous for its rock carvings (UNESCO site since 1979) and the pyramids of Zone, a geologichal treasure.
    The nearest village overlooks the shores of Iseo Lake and the house is located in a quiet location, half an hour's drive from the town, up on the mountain. You can take pleasant walks in nature and reach a beautiful refuge not far away. If interested, we can provide you additional information on how to access or travel to different areas of interest. We have both phisical maps or digital PDF's of the surrounding area.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have access to the internet line, W-DSL service

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 527562438368

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