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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 09:37

Spring work camp restoring an ancient olive grove

Restoring an ancient olive grove, 4 - 18 March.

Spring work camp - Reconstruction of dry stone walls, olive tree pruning, maitenance of olive grove and the land after the winter. 

We have a 4 hectare hillside olive grove on the Monti Pisani which is centuries old. We overlook forest, field, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It is very beautiful. We have had an invasion of wild boar. They have pulled down a number of the dry stone walls and have caused a certain amount of devastation in the grove. Some of this we have addressed last autumn, thanks to an great team of Wwoof volunteers, some of the work still needs dealing with.

We are looking for a team, 4 - 18 March, of strong, hardworking and enthusiastic people to help us:

a) tidy the grove and

b) help with olive tree pruning 

c) prepare some of the walls for dry stone walling and to re build some of the walls

d) other associated land tasks - fence painting, pole planting, other pre season prep.

I must emphasize that this is hard but satisfying work.  

Awaiting your e mails.


La Lucertola - www.lucertola.info 


IMPORTANT: for a good distribution of beds in the rooms please inform us of your arrival time and the number of people coming by filling out the online form no later than Sunday, 25 February. After that date we will not be able to guarantee you a bed.

If you book and find you cannot come you must let us know in good time, anyone booking and not turning up will have their membership cancelled, we have in the past had too many people not turning up which wastes money and time, therefore we have beeen forced to introduce this 'rule'.

The rooms in the main house have approximately 4-6 beds each. Cots / mattresses for small children will be very useful.

When the venue is full we will be accomodating people in a nearby agritourism only 10 minutes by car (or 35 on foot).

Bring sleeping bags, towels etc. bedding and towels will not be provided.

You cannot camp, but campers and vans are welcome in the large carpark.


Write clearly on the form if you will be bringing children, how many and what age. This will help us to arrange the babysitting in the best way possible for everyone. Please bring toys, books, etc to share, they will have a room to themselves. On Saturday and Sunday, Jamin and Ele will take care of the children during our meetings and would also be grateful to hear from anyone who would like to help.


Given that this year we will be in self-catering, everyone has to bring something to eat and share; let us know what you can contribute. Those arriving by car could bring prepared dishes, whilst those arriving by train might find it more convienient to bring e.g bottles of wine, salami, cheese, jams, honey, etc. Federica and her team of helpers will provide a first and a second course using local, organic food from WWOOF farms.


We need help daily cleaning the bathrooms and showers, lounge and first floor and also at the end of the meetings on Sunday afternoon. When you arrive you will be asked to indicate when you can help with these tasks in particular on the day of departure, when we need at least 6 people who do not have to leave early on Sunday afternoon.

We also need people to help in the kitchen, dining area, setting tables, clearing and washing dishes etc. This has worked very well in the past with everyone lending a hand.

Before you leave please strip your beds and tidy the room and bathroom.


We have put the meeting up as an event on Roadsharing, make the most of this and let’s try and save too much pollution and expense and share car journeys.


Indicate which train you intend to take Saturday morning

Livorno Central: 8:03 Grosseto 09:28

Roma Termini: 06:12 Grosseto 08.22

Siena: 8.10 Grosseto 9:48

There is a bus from the station at 7:50, 9:50 which gets to the bottom of the road to the venue, a 15 minute journey. From there you can telephone and we can collect you.


If you want to you can participate in the market with your products, this year will be under an open-air porch. Dress warmly in case it’s cold !!

We hope many of you will come

Bridget and Staff

LLOOF - Living and Learning on Organic Farms - is an online OER platform (Open Educational Resources) on the topics of organic food production, agricultural entrepreneurship, volunteering and cultural exchanges on farms. Designed especially for WWOOFers, who can connect online learning to residential experiences and practical training received on farms in several European countries, is a resource open to anyone who is interested in these issues.
The platform was created by the collaboration of ten WWOOF European organizations (UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Norway, Hungary, Czech Republic, Turkey, Serbia, Italy) under an Erasmus + biennial project. Today on the platform is an online guide and a glossary in eight languages ​​as well as courses in English, Spanish, German and Italian. Connected to the site there is also a Youtube channel where you can see short film clips on many topics related to natural agriculture.
The development of this tool is constantly evolving; new courses and information are loaded monthly every month. Everyone can make a contribution by sending written material, photos and videos to upload on the platform.

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In October Local Coordinators of WWOOF Italy got together to discuss about networking,
regional WWOOF activities, national and international projects. The venue of the gathering was a rural tourism in South Italy, run by a WWOOF host and coordinator of Puglia region.

People from all over the country arrived bringing ideas to share, passion, tasty food and good wine. Actually in Italy there is a team of more than forty Local Coordinators assisting wwoofers and hosts in case of need and helping to build a grass-roots network of organic farmers.

Meeting a few times a year gives them the opportunity to keep in touch, to deal with current
issues and to share their experiences. Of course there is some time also for chatting, and – why not – listening to popular music and dancing.

Amongst olive trees, enjoying the last sunny autumn days, the group had sessions about various topics as the evaluation of local activities and the enhancement of WWOOF Italy Association’s internal rules and procedures. Matters related to communication were also discussed, like how to tackle conflicts between members.

During the meeting Local Coordinators had a chance to hear the latest news from WWOOF
Italy’s Committees. Actually in the Association there are several internal Committees working on the following issues: new peasant law, care farming and involvement of migrants in agriculture, solidarity to earthquake areas, promotion of educational aspect of WWOOF movement.

Diverse presentations of national and international projects completed the agenda. Amongst these contributions a report about FoWO was held, explaining how the Federation of WWOOF Organisations is managing to protect, promote and unify WWOOF movement at a global level.

Local Coordinators returned home enriched by the energy of a three day long, intense meeting,
bringing back a bunch of interesting information, new tools for improving their local activities and the awareness of belonging to a worldwide movement.

A poster that explains what WWOOF Italia is and hopes to be....

Workshop for the construction of a wooden geodetic structure that will be used as a greenhouse
additionally heated by the fermentation of biomass (branches from pruning)

Fattoria Fonte Trocchi/
Tufillo in
Abruzzo/ Italy

dates: 28., 29., 30. of october 2017 and 1., 2., 3. of november 2017
(31.october is day of rest),
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

a geodetic structure is flexible, light, mobile and removable. It can be used as a greenhouse, as a veranda, a natural gazebo, the entrance of a garden, as a house for
children, for guests, for art exhibitions or to enclose something special in a circular space

Donato Gallo, rural researcher and innovator, with the passion for the designing and the construction of geodetic structures and reciprocal
structures, using natural materials that are not toxic for man and match with the context in which they are built, often relying on recycled resources. During his
studies of engineering, tired of the logics of cement building, he started to belive that the only answer to wild constructions and speculations on building grounds is to promote a different way of building by selfconstructed temporary houses made of renewable materials.
This passion for rural design is combined with the love for nature and for organic and regenerative agriculture, experimenting and applying also on larger scale various
techniques of agroforestry, advocating for a free circulation of knowledge. Donato has collaborated with international organizations such as Deafal and with the collective of rural research, development and
innovation RuralHub.
His teachings will have a simple aim: to learn to use one's own hands and mind in order to translate an extremely complex (but not complicated) mechanical interaction into a building technique accessible to all, to be applied in its thousands possible ways. In this way we will learn to find out the right forms, applications and dimensions.

Theoretical part:
- interventions in the forest without causing unsustainable damage,
increasing biodiversity
- use of branchesfor thermocompost without shredding
- biomimesi and solidi platonici
- mechanical behavior of models of reciprocal and geodetic domes

practical part:
- preparation of the material
- construction of the geodetical structure, a greenhouse, 10 meters X 4 meters

please bring sleeping bags, there are beds in tents, in tiny houses, in the straw bale
house on the farm and in the guest house in the village nearby (distant 2 km),
the latter has electricity, warm water and laundry.

costs and reductions:

25 euros a day for the participation in the workshop, meals and
lodging are for free

possibility of partial participation (1, 2 ,3, 4 or 5 days) and of
complete participation (6 days)
the complete participation has
a reduction: 100 euros for 6 days (instead
of 6x25=150 euros)

The reason for the low cost (in spite of the high level of the teaching and the good food) is the simple accommodation and
that we appreciate your contribution of manpower in the practical work.
Above, it is possible to participate in the workshop without paying anything if You decide to give us a hand in harvesting olives after the
workshop for the same number of days that You participated in the workshop.


Fattoria Fonte Trocchi
some photos:

how to arrive:

By airplane or by railway
You can choose between Roma and Pescara.
From Pescara You will have to go by train to
Vasto - San Salvo. There are buses from
Vasto Terminal to Tufillo or from San Salvo - Pilkinton
to Bivio Dogliola/ stazione di servizio
"il girasole". (There are also buses from Termoli to Bivio
Dogliola if, from Pescara, You are on a train that
doesn't stop at Vasto - San Salvo). From
Roma Tiburtina You can take a bus that goes
- over Isernia - to Vasto. 35km before
arriving at Vasto You have to get off the bus at
the fuel station "il girasole"/ fermata Bivio
Dogliola, from there are
missing just 10 km to our place,
You can walk or we will pick You up by car.

WWOOF Italia Autumn Coordinaters Meeting this year will be hosted by Azienda Agricola Piccapane in Cutrofiano (LE) from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th October.

The group of coordinators will meet for a thorough and convivial exchange of experiences and to give continuity to the working groups.

The meeting is open to all members who are interested in participating, in particular members in Puglia and people who would like to participate in the working groups and coordination activities.

The full program will be sent shortly, which will also show the participation of some guests.


5th National Tomato Show Sunday 20 August 2017 Malgrate Castle - Villafranca in Lunigiana,    for the programme please see attachment

Saturday, 05 August 2017 16:17


The ISOIPSE Association, which has for a long time engaged in the valorization of dry stone building and terraced landscapes in Bellunese territory, together with Veses, the Municipality and the Proloco of Sospirolo, organized this summer a review titled PAESAGGI DI PIETRA

Summer exhibition in Sospirolo municipality on dry stone walls and terraced landscapes
We invite you to the following event:

A practical-technical workshop to learn the art of building walls without any binding material, with Master Thomas Saggiorato.
An exciting experience to gain a lifelong skill!
For more information and for subscriptions see attached flyer.
Please forward the information to anyone who may be interested.
And we look forward enthusiastically to meeting you,
Valentina De Marchi

Sunday, 11 June 2017 10:59

Stop Glyphosate

The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) calls on the European Commission to propose to member states a ban on glyphosate, to reform the pesticide approval procedure, and to set EU-wide mandatory reduction targets for pesticide use.

Deadline to sign is 15th June


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