Organic dairy farm 2000m up in the Italian Alps

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  • Description

    Description

    We are an organic dairy farm situated in the hearth of the Italian Alps at the altitude of 1927m at the edge of a plateau facing stunning the peaks of the Gran Paradiso mountain and national park. The farm is 5 km from Cogne and 30 km from the city of Aosta.

    We have around 30 cows and 80 goats and we produce, by using only our freshly milked raw milk, local cheese (fresh and seasoned), butter, yogurt and other fresh cheeses which we then sell directly to our costumers at independent organic markets in the north of Italy.

    Beside cows and goats we have pigs, geese, chickens, cats and dogs. We value greatly our vegetable garden which provides vegetables for the household during the summer. We love our animals and are proud of our products. We, as always, continue to work using "the old ways" techniques and logics used by the people who used to farm these lands before us with, as people say, great results.

    Our animals are kept on the untouched mountain pastures for over 6 months a year and the winter they're fed with the hay that we produce, we do not feed our animal with concentrated bran of any kind.

    In the summer months we move up with the animals to the high pastures which are located in the valley of Arpisson at the altitude of 2327m and remain there weather and pastures permitting until mid September.
    The high pastures are a treat and experience for the real mountain lovers, the only way to reach the pasture is a foot path, about 1hour walk. To transfer all the working gear and cheese's at the beginning and end of the season we use helicopter transport.

    We speak Italian, French, English, German and Swedish.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Help

    Help

    As you might understand from the above description we are a "closed circle" farm and we work using the "old ways", knowledge that has been used for hundreds of years from mountain farmers before us.
    Our animals eat the grass and hay that grows here, we milk them and produce fresh and to seasoned cheese; we then sell our produce directly to our customers (final consumers) on organic markets in cities of north Italy.

    It's farm life and, especially high up in the mountains it can be tough, extremely beautiful, pure and giving.

    We are looking for motivated independent and responsible people that can preferably stay for 2/3 month (we accommodate couples as well) we are ready to teach and share responsibility.

    The help consists generally in, caring for and feeding the animals, cleaning the stables, helping with miking cows and goats, helping with the production and seasoning procedures of the different cheeses, cleaning up dairy gear and the dairy itself, looking for eggs in the hay, gardening, gazing cows and goats, chopping wood, cutting hay in the summer, cooking, cleaning dishes and you name it we've never had a dull moment.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Shared accommodation for helpers is provided in an attic above the hay-barn, close to shower and toilet (yes we do have hot water).
    The attic is equipped with with a good number of mattresses which you can arrange at your pleasure. We do have plenty of sheets and blankets but, we recommend you bring a sleeping bag.

    In the attic, as in all of our structures, heating is by wood stoves.

    Regarding food, there is one only kitchen in which we all share our meals as well as the cooking.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In your free time you have the most beautiful peaks to conquer, beautiful valleys to discover and explore. In the winter you can enjoy alpine ski in Cogne or it's famous 45km of cross-country slopes.

    Cogne and its neighbor towns are beautiful original mountain towns where you will be able to find most of what you might require from shop's to restaurant's and bar's.

    How to reach us:
    The nearest airports are Milano Malpensa and Torino, the nearest train station is Aosta.
    From Aosta you'll find an hourly bus going to Cogne and from there an other 5 minute free shuttle to Gimillan (last little town below us)
    We can pick you up in Gimillan or you can enjoy a 10 minute hike, to the farm.

  • 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

    5/6 hours a day, 6 days a week

Calves chilling in the winter sun
View of the Mont Blanc from the farm
The farm
View from the farm
Goats descending from the high pastures
View from the high pastures
Tea giving birth on the high pastures
The goat stable up on the high pastures
Peaks of the GranParadiso
Cow and goat cheese in the cellar, lower farm.









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