Community life in organic farms near Modena
Description: The organic farms ‘La Barbona di sotto’ and ‘Fattoria Giardino’ are located in the mountain area of the Apennines in the province of Modena. They are small family-run businesses in the agricultural sector that produce fruits and vegetables in addition to breeding chickens, bees, sheeps and alpacas. The project aims to inmerse the volunteers in the life of organic farms in the countryside with daily activities dedicated to support local projects (vegetable gardens, orchards), restore the damaging affects of weather conditions on the farms by doing small construction and maintanance works (building sheds, fences, etc.). Moreover, the volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about farming methods, agricultural practices and local traditions of the region.
Type of Work: The workcamp will take place in the villages of Pompeano and Riccò where the volunteers will stay for 10 days in ‘La Barbona di sotto’ and 10 days in ‘Fattoria Giardino’. Each farm manages and organizes the tasks of the volunteers individually. However, the work is primarly manual and the main activities will be: transplantation of different types of medicinal herbs, weeding and gardening; grain cleaning and milling, as well as preparation of bread and biscuits; care of different farm animals such as alpacas, donkeys, sheeps; reconstruction of the chicken coops; storage of wood from trees that were broken or fallen in the forest; participation in the sale of the products at local markets, etc.
Study Theme: The main aim of the study part will be to present the activities of the organic farms along with some inovative farming methods and agricultural practices dedicated to the protection of the fertility and the productivity of the soil and the fauna in the area. Furthermore, the volunteers will learn about local traditions and the community life in the villages.
Accommodation: The accommodation in the organic farms will be different. In one of the villages, the volunteers will be accommodated in rooms in a house. While in the other, they will sleep in tents. Therefore, the volunteers will need to bring their own sleeping bags.
Approximate Location: The workcamp will take place in the villages of Pompeano and Riccò where the volunteers will stay for 10 days in ‘La Barbona di sotto’ and 10 days in ‘Fattoria Giardino’. The villages are in the province of Modena, located 15 km from each other. The region is beautiful, surrounded by the Apennine Mountains.
Notes: Since during this period of the year are expected very high temperatures, the work will be organized and planned accordingly. It is important to bring hats for the sun and working boots (as it is impossible to work with sandals in the farms and the forest).