We are a young couple, Martha & Mattia, settled in a beautiful land of one hectare inside the hills of "Colli Euganei" natural park, north of Italy. There's a train station nearby (3km) from where you can quickly go to Padova (15min), Venice (1hr), Bologna (1hr).
Our hills are famous for excellent wine and olive oil production, that together with the forest make the landscape very special.
We grow in multiple layers trees, fruit, soft fruit, olives, vegetables and chickens according to permaculture, agroforestry and biodynamic farming methods. We also built a two floors straw bale house where we live and host people, courses and workshops.
Martha, Brazilian, is specialised in visual arts, crafting and social sculpture, always willing to connect people's insights to some kind of artful expression. She's the house, landscape and project designer, trying to include beauty and art.
Mattia, Italian, is the farmer. Specialised in biodynamic farming and permaculture he's taking care of plants and animals, trying to maximise production with as little as possible ecological impact.
You will be part of an active reality, grounded on local farmers market, Community Supported Agriculture, conscious eco-tourism and sustainable building.
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
You will be living in the countryside of a small typical italian village called Galzignano Terme, getting to know italian language, the local Veneto dialect, local habits, food and beautiful landscapes. Those hills are the best place for hiking or cycling in the region.
At the same time in 20km you are in Padova, university town full of students with a fascinating history started before Rome. By train you can also quickly reach Venice or Bologna, bigger towns with many attractions.
You will be helping us with sustainable farming and gardening, learning how to grow crops with no chemicals, animal holistic management pasture, the art of landscape gardening and many more earth-based activities.
But also we look for some help at house finishing and maintenance, learning about straw bale and wood sustainable house building and interior design.
Italian, English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
Single room on the second floor of our straw bale house. Extremely well insulated, warm in winter and fresh in summer, very silent and quiet inside. Toilet is shared with us two.
80% of the food comes from our farm so you will be eating with us according to your own food requirements.
Thermal water with powerful healing properties are available at many spa few km from our house. Since the Romans people come here to relax and heal themselves.
Look also for Padova historical centre with its famous squares and churches such as "Sant'Antonio", "Cappella degli Scrovegni" (painted by Giotto), "Prato della Valle" and many more. Mind that you are also very close to Venice and Bologna (1hr train).
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week