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My name is Milo and I've just started my new adventure.
I'm building a small self-sustainable farm and a B&B / ecolodge in the Itria Valley (Apulia), very close to Cisternino, Ostuni, Martina Franca and Ceglie Messapica (four of the "white villages" that surround the valley).
I'm 58 years old, have two daughters (19 and 16yo) and now, after several years in London, I work between Milan and Rome. I'm a former university teacher and currently work as a consultant in the media industry.
I love Apulia and spend part of the year countryside in our peaceful Trullo to develop my new project, quite faraway from the urban life and the digital media environment... I'm also planning to start a small farm-to-table "restaurant": the menu it will be just based on the harvest of the day...
I need some help in the field and in the house (painting the wall, fixing stuff and organizing the house and etc.). I'm also creating an organic vegetable garden, refurbishing an old small stone house, building a wooden cabin etc. So I need some help for all these tasks. The land that surround the Trullo is almost two hectares and there is always something to do: picking up fruit, olive harvesting, pruning the trees etc.
You will work 5 hours a day / 5 days a week choosing the best task for you according to your skills and experience.
*** If you decide to apply, please consider that all the activities require manual and physical work. Gardening in a field of two hectares is not the same of gardening in the backyard.
You will have your own room or sometimes you will share your room with another workawayer. I will be happy to share my experience and knowledge in Italian culture and cuisine with you. I speak Italian, English, Spanish and a little bit of French.
The place is wonderful and if you like the "real" Mediterranean countryside this is a place where you can enjoy the Apulian culture.
But please keep in mind that the house is very simple, yet rustic. The bathroom is outside, just a few meters from the house and has been created in the former donkey's stable... Inside the house there is everything you'll comfortably need: showers, hot water, heating, a nice kitchen, three fire places and WiFi. We do not have a TV but often project quality movies on the wall. If you want to get a better idea about the place just write "this is a trullo not a villa" and you will find more pictures of the house and the land.
Please before you apply consider that:
- during the winter months (December to March) temperature can be very low because the house is around 400 meters above the sea level;
- during the autumn / winter we have breakfast at 6:30 / 7:00 AM and we start working at 7:30 / 8:00AM;
- during the summer, temperatures can easily reach above 32°C degrees and for this reason we start working at 6:00 AM.
You can also use our mountain bikes to ride around and to visit some of the closest towns (Martina Franca, Cisternino, Ceglie Messapica, Locorotondo, Ostuni ) that are the five "white villages" of the Itria valley. There is also a bus service that connects our place 3 times per day to Martina Franca and Ostuni. If I go by car to Martina Franca or Ostuni or to other places, I will be very happy to give you a ride.
The house is located at a walking distance from the well known "Ciclovia dell'Acquedotto Pugliese ", a stunning 500 km wild trail that connects Campania (Avellino) to Apulia. It is also a very beautiful bike trail for a few hours ride. From our house, in less than two hours, you can reach by bike Ceglie Messapica (going South) or Locorotondo (North). Going to Cisternino is around one hour bike ride.
A local shop / grocery shop / coffee shop (Gino's) with free WiFi is at a 12 minutes walking distance. You can buy there almost everything.
Couples are welcome.
Please consider that I have a cat. I also feed a wild fox. She comes "for dinner" sometimes and now is almost domesticated. For this reasons, I'm sorry but I cannot host a dog.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
You can also learn about Italian and Apulian cuisine. I'm really passionate about cooking. I prepare my sourdough bread and use wild herbs and other vegetables that I grow in the field.
Gardening, help in the house, painting, general maintenance, building, manual help.
Italian, French, English Spanish
The volunteer will have his / her own room in our house. The bathroom is outside just a few meters from the house. In some periods of the years the volunteers will share a room.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours per day, 5 days a week
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