We are a Italian-German family living since 18 years in our old farmhouse in the mountains of Alto Mugello, North of Tuscany. Since some years we are trying to become off grid and started to produce our own food and energy, still developing but already great success! His passion are mechanics, engines, the more old the better and any kind of alternative solutions. Her passion are horses, trekking, nature.
Help with Eco project
Help with Computers / internet
you could see how we have solved problems to reach the point to be very close to total off grid and self supply for basic but good quality life. How to build simple but efficient solar sanity heatings, how to build stoves from scrap, how to make natural gas from organic waste, how to run diesel engines with recycled fried oils, how to build a donkey sulky, how to build a ram pump, how to build a cool temperature room, how to build a water fridge, how to build a little wind mill, how to save a lot of hey and make animals happy, how to make efficient traps in case of need, how to build a knife, how to cut bottles to make glasses, how to build a HHO wet or dry cell, ..... and a lot more;
all the renovating in our farm has been made by us, all the solutions are made by us, the solar systems (we have 3 different ones), all water piping (coming from the wood at a distance of 1.2 km) have been optimized and all the water system works off grid; the heating systems, stone works, wood works, modular horse stables buildings (you can enlarge them, you can make box bigger or smaller) made of 5cm wood.
a nice talk is always interesting: if I talk to you about my idea and you to me about your idea happens something nice, before each one of us had 1 idea and after we go to sleep with 3 ideas, mine, yours and the evolution of mine plus yours.
We are a family (52-50 couple and 2 kids, 11-16), living on an old farm, trying to be as far as possible ecological and independent. We also rent 2 holiday houses to tourists. We have horses, goats, goose, chicken, dogs and cats. We need help for example in doing the firewood, working the garden, doing any kind of renovation around the farm, stable works and animal care...
italian, german, english, spanish
you may stay in one of our small apartments, fully equipped, bathroom, kitchen bedroom and rest place inside (in case of bad weather) or out in the garden.
usually we organize the lunch together, guest provides breakfast and dinner by himself; usually so to have some independence privacy moments.
we are located on the Tuscan Appennino between Florence and Bologna, our area is fantastic for walks, nice time at the local rivers, sight seeing, walks in woods where is quite possible to see wild animals;
with the car in 1 hour you can be in Florence or Bologna.
by bus (900mt down the road) it's more or less the same time.
the Mugello circuit is at 30 min in the next valley.
nice roads for street bikes, as well as for Enduro, and obviously good the same for mountain bike (there is a downhill track for the nationals), or street push bike.
in the summer there is a public swimming pool open down in town (6 km).
we can organize guided horse trips with our horses.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
max 25 hours- Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week