Share a permaculture experience overlooking the city of Florence, Italy



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    Come help us! If you’re interested in permaculture, organic food, vegan cooking, self-sufficiency, sustainability, nutrition, natural healing - and volunteering in a beautiful location - you have come to the right place.

    My name is Fabio I live in our family's villa on a hill overlooking the city of Florence. We are lucky to live in beautiful Tuscan countryside with the historic centre of Florence just 7km away. Here we really have the best of both worlds.

    Several people live here, family, housemates, long terms voluneers, often some guest and lovely Barney, the dog plus some cats. You are welcome to join us. We can accommodate 3 helpers, short or long term - minimum two weeks unless specially arranged. Accommodation is in the villa, with all normal facilities, including wifi.

    You will volunteer mostly with me, as I am looking after the projects on the land. We produce our own wine and olive oil, so depending on the season, you may also have the opportunity to learn more about viticulture, wine making, and olive cultivation (work varies, of course, depending on the season and running projects). I also have a permaculture garden where we are growing vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

    Tasks are varied and may include big or small projects and any of the following: weeding, sowing, cultivating, harvesting, making ‘rolls’ to reduce land erosion, working the land in accordance with permaculture principles, construction projects, making homemade cleaning materials, etc.

    We make our own compost and like to recycle as much as possible with an aim to reduce waste and be self-sufficient. We try to avoid the use of manufactured chemicals and petroleum products as much as possible. If you are interested, I can show you how essential oils can be used for healing and as everyday chemical replacements.

    I am especially interested in hardworking people who can bring their own permaculture knowledge, or have construction skills as I would like to build a cover and gazebo for our pizza oven. Also web developers are welcome as I’m growing an association for the experimentation of sustainable ways of living.

    Food is very important to me, and nutrition has a fundamental role in the project, here we do our best to provide healthy organic vegan food for every meal ( but we occasionally make little vegetarian exceptions for who wants to try some traditional Italian recipe with cheese or eggs).

    In the kitchen you will typically find: seeds, real extra virgin olive oil, lots of organic vegetables, coffee, vegetable milk, different kinds of lettuce, old grain pasta, rice for risotto, different cereals, fresh bread baked in a wood oven, marmelade, honey, beans, fresh fruit, himalayan salt, curcuma, flour, olives, a lot of herbs, etc... the garden also is providing us some very nice veg or fruit that are a luxury to bring to the table!

    In order to keep this variety of fresh, local, organic, high quality ingredients in the kitchen, a voluntary contribution of €25 per week is requested for the grocery. This allows us to try many different recipes and accommodate special requests.

    We will cook 3 meals together, sharing recipes and tips. Like in a little community everyone will be active part of the group to make things work, and the daily life comfortable and enjoyable for everyone even if sometimes challenging! That's how we like it: deserve to celebrate!


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  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    In addition to all of the above will also have the opportunity to learn some delicious vegan Italian recipes, eat very healthily and learn about healing and living with essential oils. I am interested in philosophies and the awakening world. I will be happy to share with you my craziest visions on science, religion, human history, astronomy. I also like to play the djembe (bongo) and listen to vinyl records. I started sustainable and environmental projects in Mexico where I used to spend half of the year.

  • Help


    Tasks are varied and might include big or small projects and any of the following: weeding, sowing, cultivating, harvesting, watering, making ‘rolls’ to reduce land erosion and retain water, pruning, working the land in accordance with permaculture principles, construction work, making homemade cleaning materials, house maintenance. Cleaning and organizing the house is also expected to be a daily habit.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    All the volunteers will sleep in a big shared room. There is a bathroom for their exclusive use.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Last but not least, Florence. This beautiful city is very close, it is easy to go by yourself walking and with buses and trams only takes one hour. This city is famous for it’s museums, artworks, architecture, the amazing Duomo, Uffizzi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio and much more. We are also not far from the popular sites such as Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca and the coast. Florence and Tuscany in general are very active with projects on permaculture, organic markets, communities and ecovillages, the Renaissance seems to be here...again!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 989118751754