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Friday, 31 March 2017 09:16


Mass mobilisation by people across the EU has made TTIP as good as dead. But another corporate-backed trade deal is about to get its approval from EU member states -- and it is just as dangerous: CETA. 

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Saturday, 25 February 2017 18:33

Stop Glyphosphate

We call 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.

Main objectives

  • Ban glyphosate-based herbicides, exposure to which has been linked to cancer in humans, and has led to degradation of ecosystems;
  • ensure that the scientific evaluation of pesticides for EU regulatory approval is based only on published studies, which are commissioned by competent public authorities instead of the pesticide industry;
  • set EU-wide mandatory reduction targets for pesticide use, with a view to achieving a pesticide-free future.

Why is this important?

Scientific evidence showing that glyphosate is dangerous is mounting. When a farmer sprays crops with glyphosate, the chemical enters the soil, leaches into the water and residues remain in the crop -- it’s in the food that we eat, the water we drink, and in our bodies.

Monsanto, Syngenta and the other pesticide companies are lobbying heavily to secure their cash cow. Let’s make sure our politicians stand up to them and protect our health and the environment, not the profits of big agri-business.

Glyphosate is only the tip of the iceberg -- we need to envision a world where all chemical pesticides are phased out. Europe’s politicians need to ensure that pesticide decisions are based on open and robust science, and enact policies to reduce pesticide use and promote ecological farming (eco-friendly solutions exist!) to protect farmers, consumers and the environment.

We have a unique opportunity to kickstart this change, because in 2017 the European Union will decide whether to allow the use of glyphosate for another 15 years.

Stop glyphosate. Sign now.



An opportunity for enthusiasts and winemaker apprentices
Maurizio Caffer in Villamiroglio is preparing to plant a hectare of vineyard.

It 'a great opportunity for those who wish to learn the theory and technique of the plant a vineyard or otherwise to participate in one of the following phases:

It will be fieldwork with learning moments about the theory of related technical systems and to the management of a young vineyard.


We are in the process of planting a further 1 hectare of vineyard and we need some help for the following tasks in the coming months:

- March: plant each vine by hand (with the “forchetta”).

- April: plant the chestnut posts and plant the anchors at the beginning and at the end of each row.

- May: install the top and bottom metal wires and plant the bamboo supports for each vine.

- June: Summer prune.

- July: install the second a third metal wire, completion of the vineyard.

We can host 2 – 3 people at a time from 1 to 3 weeks. Contact us at maurizio.caffer@gmail.com – Azienda Caffer, Villamiroglio (AL), Piedmont


Maurizio Caffer

Via Alemanno 9

Villamiroglio (AL) 15020


Tel. +39 0142947164 o +39 333 1930381



Monday, 20 February 2017 13:38

Organisation of the AGM



IMPORTANT: for a good distribution of 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, 26 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, we have therefore 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 with daily cleaning of the bathrooms and showers, communal areas, meeting rooms 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.


We have put the meeting up as an event on Roadshare, make the most of this and let’s try and save too much pllution 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: 8.00 Grosseto 9:40

There is a bus from the station at 7:50, 9:50 which gets to the centre of Rispescia, 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 gets cold !!

We hope many of you will come

Bridget and Staff

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 08:44

Febbraio 2017 The benefits of the rules.

WWOOFing, as is defined in its many aspects and within the bounds of the Statute and Regulations, does not clash with Italian farming laws. The 2014 certification from the Biagi Institute of Modena University legitimized this certainty: all members who rigorously adhere to the common rules may work worry-free.

Friday, 27 January 2017 07:13

A new year a new list

A new year a new list

In the hope that the year has started well for everyone and that your WWOOFing experiences are very positive we would like to remind you that on 1st February the 2018 list will be on line.

It is important that you check that any farms you have arranged to go to are on this new list, if they are not you will not be covered by the insurance or legal whilst you are on their farm. Most probably the farm has simply forgotten to renew, so we suggest that you e mail them to ask them if they intend to renew this year.

We look forward to receiving comments about your experience: please note that whilst we like to know that all is well we have a much greater need to know if something went wrong whilst you were WWOOFing here.

It is the best way we have to grow together.

If any of you would be interested to receive the newsletter in Italian that we send out every two weeks or so with news which is more relevant to Italian residents/speakers such as courses on farms etc please let me know and I will include you also on that mailing list

We will be sending you more details of the AGM in Grosseto the 3/4 March in a couple of weeks, it would be very good to see some of you there.

Best wishes


Thursday, 26 January 2017 17:08

Restoring an ancient olive grove

Restoring an ancient olive grove:

Dear All, 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, in the fortnight of 26th Feb  - 12th 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 

Monday, 02 January 2017 18:17

January 2017 Experiencing Natural Farming

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.

Sunday, 11 December 2016 10:38

Update from Amatrice 2.0

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

340 0631104


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