At the forefront of WWOOF Italia is the harmonious relationship between people and nature, giving rise to agriculture on a human scale that respects the environment. WWOOF Italia puts in the foreground the harmonious relationship between people and nature in order to reach an agriculture that respects the environment. Via the WWOOF hosts' network it is possible to practice and pass on these principles, in accordance with individual expertise and preferences.
Other initiatives to help the farmers affected by the earthquake:
The Coop Valli Unite (Piemonte) is organizing the delivery of a truck with about 160,000 kgs of hay to be sent to livestock breeders in Amatrice.
WWOOF Italia will sharing the cost of the hay with the Valli Unite. A truck driver will provide the transportation free. Reseda Onlus will ensure the logistics once it arrives. Anyone who can provide hay or provide transport please let us know.
Meanwhile we are looking for heatable tents tends to help other families who are trying to survive in the mountains but cannot sleep in their houses.
Please let us know if you can supply tents and of course caravans (trailers) and camper vans are also very welcome. On this front our friends in Campi Aperti are well organized.
From the Facebook page Amatrice 2.00 - the sun after the storm - updates keep arriving on the progress of aid.
A farmer with cattle has been helped by our volunteers and now has a new barn and soon will also have stalls for the animals, we have delivered the straw, which was not easy and we also spoke to the son who will help us in the operation ‘SOS agricoltori di Amatrice 2.0’.
to keep up to date
for information on possible contributions - also on helping actually on site - call or write to Roberto Salustri
Informing civil society about products derived from genetically modified organisms and boycotting their cultivation and sale.
The Zero GMO Coordination Committee is a peaceful, non-profit movement that was founded in November 2013 in the province of Veneto. To date there are 47 associations, including WWOOF Italia, a few farms and many individuals that adhere to this movement.
Our objective is to oppose the cultivation of GMOs, to protect biodiversity, to ensure a better source of food and to encourage sustainable, healthy and environmentally-friendly farming.
What we do:
- lobby at markets, on the streets and in factories that produce animal feed requesting the abolition of transgenic components (soybean – maize) used in the feed.
- raise public awareness through distribution of informative pamphlets.
- organize flash mobs in front of supermarkets asking for more transparent food labeling, restoration of food supply chains and the boycotting of GMO products.
- We ask for Municipalities to adopt the slogan;
‘GMO FREE MUNICIPALITY’
- We meet with regional institutions.
- We participate in the 2015 campaign against TTIP, the proposed USA-UE Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, against the potential erosion of the environment, health-welfare and the right to work decrees; which is to the advantage of the multinational corporations.
For further information:
The quality of life begins with good food
Do the CETA CHECK: Ask Members of the European Parliament to vote against the free trade agreement between the EU and Canada (CETA). Let’s remove the secrecy behind the CETA vote and bring it out into the open! After all, that’s how democracy works.
Roberto Salustri, coordinator of the Amatrice 2.0 inizitive - the sun after the storm, has informed me that he is organizing a group of volunteers for a shift in Amatrice and surroundings the 3 and 4 December.
Anyone wishing more information may contact him directly https://amatriceduepuntozero.wordpress.com/partecipare/
People who are willing to help out will be educated and trained for their own and others' safety.
Other friends and associates are mobilizing to deliver hay in the area or to help members and non-members to recall the practicability of their homes. It would be useful to find hay (and straw) in areas as close as possible to the affected areas to avoid wasting resources in long-haul transport.
There has been useful information on caravans or campers that can be made available for those who cannot sleep in a house whilst waiting to provide accommodation in housing units.
On 25 and 26 November - as part of an initiative VieWwoof project - there will be a walk in Sabina (Rieti) to identify and map walkways that connect the train station Civita Castellana-Magliano with the host Convento S. Andrea Collevecchio, via the hostfarm Le Spinose in Magliano Sabina.
AMATRICE 2.0 - IL SOLE DOPO LA TEMPESTA (THE SUN AFTER THE STORM)
Project for the support of local communities using Transition Town and permaculture methods. For an ecological rebirth of and solidarity for the areas affected by the earthquake in Amatrice and surrounding area.
“A tree in our hearts”
There is nothing more revolutionary than planting a tree, it is such a strong gesture that it changes history.
The heart of Sicily, land of wheat, vines, olive and almond trees; a land of sulphur, limestone and salt. A land warmed by the ever-present sun, a fertile land that is sadly turning into desert. A land that has forgotten its native trees which are no longer part of the landscape: monoculture farming, widespread uncontrolled grazing, forest fires and incorrect forestry practices have lead to soil exhaustion and wiped the trees out. They have also disappeared from people's memories and from their culture.
In 2008 about a dozen young people decided to pay a tribute to their land by starting to plant trees such as downy and holm oaks, ash, Mediterranean hackberry and many other varieties. Within 6 years they had planted 11,400 trees in the regions of Caltanisetta, Palermo and Catania. Most often on private land, but sometimes on common land as in the case of the town of San Cataldo (CL), which has foreseen the forestation of a 30 hectare public park.
There are very few protected areas where the tree species can be propagated and the volunteers objective is to plant them here and there – scattered patchily in inland Sicily. Undoubtedly the difference between 0 and 1 is immense: the cultivation begins with trees that then grow up to be the “mothers” of the other trees in an area where there were none before and so the propagation begins.
How and why
Our goal is ambitious: to bring back the original woods to the heart of Sicily and its people. We organize seed collections, transplanting of trees, educational initiatives for schools, conferences with the institutions and cultural events so that the message of “A tree in our hearts” is loud and clear.
For further information:
A harmonious balance between commitment and leisure