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



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    June-July-August COMPLETELY FULL

    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 many 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.

    Still Permaculture is One possible choice, and not necessary the best one, and that has to be understood and lived trough a more conscious relationship with all the Other than Human beings.
    We aim to develop within ourselves and those coming to join us, this deep Plant connection, sense of the Place and of the animate spirits living in Nature (without needing to put a brand or a specific Faith over this genuine desire).

    We want to host people with a REAL feeling of Curiosity, Care, Stewardship, Desire of Presence, Spiritual attitude and Active sense of Responsibility.

    THE PEOPLE living here:
    Linguist, social worker and permaculturist (not as a trademark!) farmer, fond of meditation and dancing reggaeton. He bought the land back in 2011 after 10 years of travelling and voluntary work. He lives and works permanently here. He's fond of nature’s intimacy, anthropic silence, group working, reading and sharing his knowledge and experiences in everyday life, courses and events.
    He's also into Sufi remembrance practices, philosophical Non dualistic Tantric Shivaism and loves to feel inebriated by Earthly and Divine Love.

    |Nuri, 8
    Salvo's son, who spends here a part of the week or some longer periods depending on school and holidays! He loves growing little plants in pots, climbing trees, fishing and swimming in the pond, getting muddy, finding toads, playing with the people he likes and have his own space for relax and reflection. He goes to a "normal" school to be in touch with "normal people and kids" in order to experience how life is lived by the 99% of people out there.

    |Laura, 33
    Arrived in January 2021 as a volunteer, consciously rejecting city life, she found in this project a place where dreams come true. She’s lovingly committed to learn by doing how to take care of plants and the whole farm. She trusts in Anarchy as a way of being, in teamwork and silence. Passionate about handicraft, she’s now diving in textile fibers world, she will really appreciate experts who want to share knowledge! Deeply fascinated by mycelium silent ways, she’s also in love with succulents.

    And living just on the other side of the road our friends with which we collaborate and randomly organise 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 de-growth 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 of our project, that over the time decided to invest and do a life change, buying land nearby and deciding to create new collaborations and co-productions!

    This is an important point because we promote and support long term commitment, collaborations, new neighbours settlement in the area to extend and promote the value of our work as much as possible. So, if you're looking for a place where to move, this could be an option!


    The work-learning exchange:
    Being a volunteer or a collaborator doesn't strictly mean working a certain number of hours in exchange for food and stay, but a co-living within an environment where we try to keep humans within Nature's boundaries, where Plants and Animals share the space and time, energy and life, with and for us.
    We eat meat and plants, we respect them and nourish them while they do the same keeping us alive and healthy.
    The right attitude towards the activities that we do is taking a Political action into this planet.

    During the seasons shared here you might be learning by doing on these and many more aspects:
    - Concepts, politics, philosophy, tools and techniques of gardening in permaculture design and regenerative farming, Agroforestry, Ecology;
    - Food production from the vegetable garden, from seed to harvest and back to seed saving;
    - Growing fruits and plants for the Food Forest and for the Forest biology in itself;
    - Plant selection and propagation;
    - Food processing and conservation, fermentation, baking, eating!
    - Observing and respecting natural cycles in humans and all around us;
    - Medicinal plants, herbs, tinctures extractions and oils;
    - Water conservation, treatment and recycling;
    - Soil and forest ecology;
    - Mushroom growing, reproducing and consuming;
    - Animal integration and interactions;
    - Wilderness skills;
    - Aquaculture, ponds, earthworks, swales and ditches;
    - Ecological waste management;
    - Appropriate technology;
    - Natural building;
    - Social system design, gender awareness, social Justice, de-Colonisation, Food security, activism;
    - Financial strategies and surviving to state and taxes!
    - DIY, manual ability from art to artifacts;
    - Spiritual ecology, deep connection and Faith.


    beside this we might need your help with:

    -keeping the place if we're away to our other farm or for other reasons (we cannot leave the farm on it's own, animals and gardens never go on "holidays" !)
    -cleaning all around and keep the space tidy and neat!
    -play with Nuri and teach him your language and your culture.

    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!


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

    Your papers need to be in order for us to host you, unfortunately we cannot help neither with your visa situation or with your citizenship process. Borders make no sense, let's keep it in mind firmly.

    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 hope you'll be able to:
    -recognise and develop your own skills
    -work collaboratively, share ideas and know how to contribute to the wider community
    -be inspired and visit great projects across Etna and nearby
    -have fun!
    -bring and promote Love.

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

    We promote awareness over the consume of Alcohol and Tobacco, not prohibiting but neither accepting it as a matter of fact!

  • 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 25€ weekly contribution by person to cover the common expenses like externally supplied food (rice, pasta, cereals, legumes, coffee, sugar, toilet paper and soaps, gasoline to go and get drinking water to the town and so on, no stupid low quality food, just the basics because we try not to support as much as possible iniquus systems) , electricity and gas.
    Over the course of our experience of 10 years hosting, this is the amount we calculated as an additional cost per person that we cannot cover on our own.
    We're not a "business oriented" project, we don't work with tourism neither with "spiritual" tourism so the help you give as a volunteer cannot cover extra expenses like this because this would mean extra costs that we're not able to cover. Nothing is compulsory because we can understand and support disadvantaged travellers, but as a matter of fact, 3,33 euro per day is not such a crazy request in contemporary Europe for living in a beautiful and lushy green living environment.

  • 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! 25 hours, 5 days a week

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