we are Bruno & Elena and we have an organic farm of 4,5 acres adjacent to our house.
We are simple, enthousiastic and happy people!.
Bruno works full-time on the farm, Elena has a job elsewhere and therefore she is only present part -time. We have two children aged 8 and 13 attending the local Steiner-Waldorf School.
There are also two members of the farm that works full-time with us.
We have an healthy life and we eat healthy vegetarian food, mostly organic and self-produced.
We grow any kind of vegetables, some fruits and cereals, beside tomato sauce, vegetable preserves, stone-milled flour, bread, cereals, legumes and more.
Our project is a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture): a system that connects the producer and consumers within the food system more closely by allowing the consumer finance the harvest of a farm. It is an alternative socioeconomic model of agriculture and food distribution that allows the producer and consumer to share the risks of farming.
The model is a subcategory of civic agriculture that has an overarching goal of strengthening a sense of community through local markets.
You may have the chance to see organic gardening but please note we do not allow volunteers in the farm as this is not allowed from Authorities.
We also organize so many classes for vegan cooking lessons, soap production, meetings concerning critical consumption all over the year.
As we are so busy with our job, volunteers are welcomed for house keeping and preparing meals for the family.
Elena speaks English, French and Spanish. Our two partners who speaks little English.
We do not use TV, but an internet connection is available. Smoking is not allowed in the house.
In case you would like to join us, few recommendations to bare in mind before writing to us:
- We offer separate room outside the house, the room has kitchen and bathroom with shower inside
- We may accept only one person per time, sorry
- We suggest you no more than 2-3 week stay, the accommodation we may offer is not so confortable for long stays
- We ask you to write us ONLY if you really intend to join us and if our profile really fits to what you are looking for.
We receive so many requests but 99% turns to nothing, so I am sorry to say ..no time-wasters!
We wait for you!
Elena & Bruno
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
You may learn the Steiner way of educating, learn organic agricultural practice and enjoy our simple and happy way of life.
We like to share our knowledge. We are very careful that volunteers spend time with us.
The farm takes us a lot of time so we expect organized and autonomous people who take initiatives in domestic chores such as gardening, cook and clean in the home!
We offer a self-contained room outside the house with bathroom and kitchen.
Volunters may visit Bologna, the oldest University in Europe (15 km) and we are mid way between Florence (100 km) and Venice (160 km).
You should land in Bologna Airport, which is 6 km far from our house and normally we may pick you up.
We are around 500 mt far from the nearest bus stop that goes to Bologna (45 min by bus).
The nearest train station is Anzola dell'Emilia (on the Bologna MIlano line) and it is 1,5 km far but you can bike there and in 15 min you are in the city.
The nearest village is always Anzola dell'Emilia and you may also bike there.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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