We are trying to create an eco-sustainable model, we have already started with the central structure (kitchen and wood-burning boiler, water purification) and now our focus goes to the ground and how to handle it without having to be petroleum-dependent in the long term. The project is inspired by permaculture principles and we feel equally strong about care for people as for the earth. Healthy and tasty food is a medicine. We are situated in a valley between the coast of Cefalu and Madonie Regional Natural Park. A small river runs through the land, making it magically rich in biodiversity . In June 2016, weeks after the start of our project, a big fire hit the north coast of Sicily and also passed through the land. That's how the story started.
My name is Uba, 34 years old man, born in Palermo. After travelling as a cook for almost 10 years, I had the chance to come back and contribute to this beautiful land, filled by contrast. The project is the result of my search of the last years. It wasn't an academic research, but a personal one, focusing on myself and the environment,followed by a design courses in permaculture, regenerative agriculture and biocostruction . I live with dogs and chickens on 3 hectares of land, full of spontaneous plants and olive, citrus and fruit trees. We grow vegetable and step by step we introduce good habits at our life. The song of the birds and the sound of the river form the ideal soundtrack to the work carried out on a daily basis.
At the moment I carry on the project by my self but is due using 'we' because this is a provisional community formed by friends, family, volunteers and all those who give me a hand to grow up this land. In fact, on your arrival, you will find comfort possible thanks to the work of those who have been here before you, having care means giving the opportunity to those who come after you to find better conditions. After almost three year and a strong fire we can say that we already have good conditions.
The next step will be to build two rooms in clay to receive tourists in order to have a more substantial economy, the times of bureaucracy are a bit long but if all goes well we will start in the coming months.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
I was working in a kitchen for almost ten years so you can learn a thing or two about healthy, good food. . Learn the language. Try to understand together wich is the way to create a ecosustainable system.
Providing our most basic needs' means having a comfortable place to sleep, produce our food and take care of relationships, we take care of this and through this we grow.
For the beginning of the year the focus will be pruning olives and fruit trees, continue to select the new olive trees that grow spontaneously, have care of the winter vegetable garden , start to prepare the soil for the summer one, I'd like to plaster the outside of the house, we'll see.
Italian, Spanish, English, French
You can stay in a tent (bring the sleeping bag , please) or own accomodation but for the winter we have some exception,1 place in the mezzanine above the kitchen, 2 in a van and two in a small mezzanine. There is a community kitchen and shared bathroom, compost toilet. Please only bring biodegradable soaps. We offer three vegetarian meal and some snack, our diet is rich but basic, if you need something more you can integrate by your self.
We are located 4,5km from Cefalu, which could be a nice walk (if you like walking up and down the mountain that seperates us from the sea) or hitch, unfortunately there are no buses to the city. There are some natural beaches that are near and there's a river running through the land.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
depends by the job (Maximum 25 hours/week)