Projet de permaculture avec une production de fruits et légumes professionnelle en Sicile, Italie



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    Looking for help from beginning of May to June for:
    -helping in the kitchen during our upcoming events of the youth exchange Erasmus plus project;
    -managing our vegetable garden from seed to harvest

    Please apply if you are able to stay from a minimum of 3weeks to up to 2 months and have previous knowledge in the fields above! When there's a lot of people around, self consciousness of own skills is the only key to tranquillity!

    June-July-August IMPORTANT INFOS

    Please apply just if you can stand without dying or going crazy:

    -Temperatures reaching 45degrees
    - Really Hot sun and strong UV
    - early morning work and looong siestas until the temperature drops to a level to make it possible to finish the jobs
    - quieteness and relaxed mood
    - naked bodies without seeing lust in nudity


    Our project started in June 2011 from an abandoned orange orchard. The project takes its name from the traditional Arab irrigation channel that runs through our land and carries water slowly and thoughtfully to give life to all forms of nature and fuel our purpose: regenerate!

    Through the permacultural design model and thanks to the important help and energy of many friends and volunteers it grew to become an oasis of biodiversity and one of the main hubs of the Sicilian permaculture network. It is well known as a model for productiON-oriented and experimental-oriented farming projects, obtaining crop yields and still being a center of active learning and non-formal education. Over the course of the years, the experimental field also grew in size and the core team evolved around the project foundations and its life values.
    We chose Permaculture, because it can be considered a systemic approach and it includes all aspects of life, following in an harmonic way the different interactions within ecosystems. This system is based on three ethics: earth care, people care and fair share (also declined as future care), and a growing number of design principles!
    For us it's a conscious choice of life. A choice to share places, people, time and elements, looking outside and inside of ourselves.

    More than an organic farm, the project is a communal living place with a fertile field for practical experimentations regarding permaculture, bioconstruction, community living/building, valuing and transforming what nature offers us, recycling, well-being and new ideas. The different sub-projects that we carry out give the opportunity to vary activities, make different experiences, and try out what we are most called for. For us it is also important to value people, in the freedom to share personal skills and talents in a continuous exchange and growth.

    Linguist, social worker and permaculturist farmer, fond of meditation and reggaeton. He bought the land and works permanently here. He's fond of nature’s intimacy, silence, group working, reading and sharing his knowledge on courses and events.

    |Nuri, 8
    Salvo's son, who spends here a part of the week or some longer periods depending on school and holidays!
    |Maria, 27
    Social and humanitarian worker. She started her training in permaculture with the intention of combining the field of human rights with permaculture design. Particularly interested in human permaculture, community building, deep ecology's tools and facilitation.
    Passionate and interested in experimenting with the world of phytotherapy and fermented products. Macrobiotic diet, dance and yoga as a means of connecting with the invisible.

    And living just on the other side of the road our friends with which we colllaborate and randomly organize activities, works and mutual help moments:

    |Angelo, 32
    Music teacher, farmer (working mainly with olive and orange trees), and passionate for eco-building. He plays sax and loves sharing music, especially Jazz, Cumbia, Gospel and world music!

    |Laetitia, 29
    Slow-life and degrowth amateur who converted to countryside life to live "d'amour et d'eau fraîche". She's eager to find ways to auto-produce about anything, and also likes to create useless things.

    Apart from those mentioned above, we're part of a small but growing network of Salvo's friends and ex-volunteers, that over the time decided to invest and do a life change, buying land nearby and deciding to create new collaborations and co-productions!


    Once your stay is confirmed we will send you by email or telegram/wapp message a pdf file with the directions to reach us.
    You are welcome with your car or your van, and if you come with public transportation we can come pick you up in the town near-by.
    Note that there is limited to no public transportation on Sunday and on Saturday and that we can't come to pick you up in Catania (airport nor city center).


    Flip Flops or similar : you will appreciate having a pair for inside common areas
    Gloves : if you like for working in the garden or building things
    Rain boots : in autumn it can get very rainy since the climate is changing
    Sleeping bag : winter you will need to bring it, we do supply blankets but you will appreciate the extra warmth. Even in Sicily winter gets cold
    Seeds & plants : to increase the biodiversity of our place you can bring seeds or babies of your local vegetables and trees. We are especially looking for every avocado types for a new project


    There are cats, chickens, and a lot of wild animals (mice, snakes, gekkos, frogs, foxes, rabbits). For their sake we cannot host other pets.

    Your papers need to be in order for us to host you, we cannot help neither with your visa situation or with your citizenship process.

    Please take a little time to introduce yourself, who you are, why you would like to come, what are your experiences and projects, and what skills and knowledge you can share.
    Beyond the daily work and our current projects you will be helping on, you are welcome to contribute in your own way. We are open to new ideas and love learning new skills (building stuff, auto-production, art, well-being…)!

    Once you commit we expect you to come. The running of the project relies on people and it causes us a lot of difficulties when someone doesn’t show up. So please be transparent, let us know if you are not sure.

    We check emails once a week, but we always reply.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Aide dans une ferme
    Baby-sitting et jeux créatifs
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général

  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    in our project you will learn:
    -what Permaculture is and how to live out of farming
    -organic farming
    -learning the tecniques of Market Gardening - bio-intensive faming
    -how to grow your own food
    -how to grow and use Spirulina
    -how to cook the food that you produce and how to store it and preserve it
    -how it is like to be living in a small farming community
    -how to harvest, prune and care of fruit trees and vegetables
    -water management
    -how to elaborate good quality compost and fertilizers
    -how to feed the soil in order to feed humanity
    -how to swim in a pond
    -how sweet blood oranges can be!

  • Projets impliquant des enfants

    Projets impliquant des enfants

    Ce projet peut impliquer des enfants. Pour en savoir plus, consultez nos directives et conseils ici.

  • Aide


    Volunteers can stay from a minimum of 3 weeks (to a maximum that can be arranged depending on our mutual goals and feelings) and those having previous experience in the upcoming works and living in communities are especially welcome.

    |Upcoming projects
    Wood houses : we are looking for people with the right skills to start building several wood houses that will replace the trailers we use to host volunteers.

    |All year round
    Managing the garden from seed to harvest, with water and love
    Feeding the chickens, and give them water and love
    Implementing and maintaining structures and projects : wood houses, lanes, water systems, swales, ponds
    Cooking is organized in turns, feel free to share your favourite recipes
    Cleaning regularly, everyone takes on the responsibility to leave things and spaces as clean as found or even cleaner
    find out new stuff to experiment!

    |Orchards seasonal work
    January, February : pruning fruit trees (other than olives and citrus)
    January to March : picking blood oranges
    May, June, September : pruning and grafting citrus
    October, November : picking olives
    October to May : picking lemons & spreading manure and compost fertilizers

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant
    Espagnol: Courant
    Français: Courant
    Italien: Courant
    Portugais: Courant
    Romanian: Courant

  • Hébergement


    You will be hosted in one of the restructured-trailers where you might be sharing the space with another guest depending on the moment.
    The bathroom and the kitchen are shared.
    There is no wifi.

    We eat mainly what our garden offers us : delicious and organic fruits, vegetables and eggs. For everything that is not (yet) auto-produced, we supply ourselves directly from local and biological producers.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    Expenses contribution
    We count on a 20€ weekly contribution by person to cover the common expenses like externally supplied food, electricity and gas.
    Over the course of our experience in hosting, this is the amount we calculated as an additional cost per person that we cannot cover.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    we do have space for 2 campervans but let us know the size first! We cannot accept guests with pets.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    depends on the task and period! MAXIMUM 25 hours, 5 days a week

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