Insurance and more - Any Association needs technical and legal tools that translate its intentions and its mission. Members in good standing with their membership are covered by a policy during their activities thanks to the ethical intermediation of the CAES Consortium. In the more delicate cases and in the construction of projects and campaigns, the association can count on the solid collaborative relationship with William, a lawyer and frequent visitor at meetings.
Local meetings - The associative relationship is built from the bottom: small groups of hosts, travelers and coordinators who meet up together, represent the first moment of the creation of a network between people who share the WWOOF experience. We share problems and difficulties of rural life, but also successes, adventures and products with warm bonding camaraderie.
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Fabio - ... They paid me to teach applied art in school but with minimal results, the environment was too sterile, too much paperwork. When I began to pass on my knowledge to WWOOFers I discovered, with wonder, that this was the most fruitful school, that almost all the seeds sprouted.
Daria - For the past six years, I have been traveling across Italy and WWOOFing. The more I travel the more I feel at home. Each new experience, however unique and different from the others, has an immediate familiar flavour. Each time I recognize same shared intentions and ways of living that I feel to be part of and which solidify in this sharing of daily life. WWOOFer / coordinator.
I am a WWOOFer and for over six years I have been a wandering nomad. WWOOF Italia has helped me find the meaning of my life.
'Sun, earth, water, wind, patience, humility, tolerance, peace.
Peasants' tears make plants grow and nomads continue their endless journeys.
Nature is strong, the future in our hands.
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.
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.