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Hello! This is Emanuela and Roberto, we are a couple living among the beautiful hills of Sabina. Our first priorities are to keep living a mellow countryside life and provide for our own nutritional needs, while managing all the "must dos". We have a secluded vegetable garden, some fruit and olive trees, and aromatic plants for the bees to enjoy! We call it "our orderly growing food forest". There are also 4 amazing dogs and 3 cats, all very cuddly.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Emanuela will share her Permaculture knowledge, although she could be pedantic (this is Emanuela writing!) due to her past as a teacher. She is a Waldorf Teacher and teacher trainer now taking some time off. She organizes PDC and courses in organic and regenerative agriculture since 2012, she helps Roberto with the management of the agriturismo and bakes bread to sell it in Rome. She will share some tricks, like using coffee to clean oily dishes and how to fit hundreads of plants in a small vegetable garden, and she will tell you about edibles. She could teach you both English and Italian and how to play burraco or other cards games. Gardening and cooking are a sort of meditation for her, she prefers to work quietly so that she can better connect with what she is doing and creating. Observe her, that's the best way to learn from her. But don't just stand there, make yourself useful ;)
While Emanuela is talkative but requires some time to actually open up (and for you to get to know her best qualities), Roberto is (a lot) more quiet and easygoing. He mainly takes care of the farmhouse, which is a family business. He studied environmental science and biology for many years, then decided for a more proactive contribution and became a farmer. So he met and matched with Emanuela's saying "You are what you do, not what you say". Roberto could teach you juggling and how to slackline, and essential quotes from Neapolitan filmography. You could also try to persuade him to give you piano lessons.
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We are seeking help with general maintenance, some gardening and weeding, fruits/vegetables picking to make preserve or dried (depending on the season), household duties and animal care (they need lots of brushing and cuddling!). Some knowledge of woodworking and DIY might come in handy. There's always something to renovate and we also need to build a small storage unit, make a pond, outdoor toys and sandpit for Emanuela's educational future project: a Waldorf outdoor kindergarten! It would be nice to know your skills and what you'd like to help with.
SUMMER. When the heat starts to hit, we wake up early and usually work in the garden for a couple of hours before 9 as Emanuela can't really stand the heat due to a health issue. We then have breakfast, tidy up, rest/study or spend productive time in the kitchen. We prepare lunch all together. After lunch we enjoy a "pennichella" and then we study and/or work some more. Of course it may vary depending on weather condition. This is to say that while you are requested to wake up early you will also have a lot of free time! Or if you don't mind the heat and like to work independently you can manage your own hours :)
AUTUMN. Finally we get to sleep a bit more! We really like going with the seasons and Fall means there's still a lot to do but there are less hours to get things done. Each of us has a job assigned and we ask our workawayers to be flexible as work varies with the weather. Please, share your expectations so that we can try to plan accordingly.
WINTER. As nature slow down and everything becomes quite, so does our life. We concentrate on ourselves and our relationship. We make a sort of recap and start imagining the future. We prefer not to host during this time.
SPRING. It is impossible to foreseen all that there's going to be to do! Surely it's time to work in the garden, so if you wish to learn more about it from early March to May/June it is the best time. Also for hiking! We prefer not to host first time workawayer during this period though, but it really depends on your will!
Last but not least, please note that we don't have a tight schedule.
This host offers a language exchange
We are both fluent in English; Roberto is also fluent in Spanish, Emanuela learned it viajando por Argentina and she would like to practice more. Emanuela would also like to start learning Finnish!
You will stay in our spare room with private bathroom (on different floors). You are expected to keep them clean and contribute to house cleaning. The room is furnished with a double bed, closet and desk. We used to rent it out. It is silent and it overlooks the mountain. From the outside, you might hear cows' bells, eagles' callings and horses' clop. You will hear the church bells chiming the hour, the marching band and some music coming from the village. There's no need for AC as the house is insulated.
Emanuela is vegan and very creative in the kitchen, uses spices and flavour that aren't usual for an Italian. She also bakes sourdough bread. Roberto cooks more traditional and he makes a tasty vegan tiramisú! Although he is not vegan and Emanuela doesn't mind, we both eat the same. We provide all meals but don't expect to be served or for us to clean after you. If you want to eat eggs or dairies there's a designated pan but please be reminded that you shall be responsible of your own garbage, included food waste that doesn't go in the compost. Every now and then you might have to fix your own dinner.
Our house is in the countryside, in a suggestive medieval town. You could hike to explore the surrounding, from the Abbey to the waterfalls. Public transport isn't unfortunately available; we can drive you but we prefer for you to be independent. Of course if you are planning to come by train we will pick up ourselves!
We are both 37 y.o. and quite simple, we like to hike, play board games (usually when the days get shorter) and cards (please come if you are a burraco player and beat Emanuela!), watch movies (preferably during a rainy afternoon). We go to sleep early, except when we meet up with friends, all nice and interesting people that will be happy to meet you!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We think our place is more suitable for those who enjoy nature and have a flexible schedule but we too have some work to do at the computer and therefore are happy to welcome digital nomads.
This host can provide space for campervans.
5 hours a day, 5 days a week (flexible)
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