This project to repopulate the countryside in Abruzzo started on 4 ha of agricultural land that we, Nicolas (42) and Federica (40) bought 5 years ago near Tufillo in the province of Chieti (30 km from sea, 550 m above sea level). Our production, for now, is olive oil, eggs, medical herbs, cereals, legumes and vegetables, especially vegetables that can be stored easily throughout the year like garlic and pumpkins. The growing conditions are quite arid, but we manage to adapt and to improve various techniques. We have olive oil from trees that are not ours, harvesting collectively.
Currently we have 4 rooms with 10 beds in 3 different houses, one in the village, 2 km away, and 2 in the countryside. We have electricity and a washing machine. We do not have television, refrigerator, dishwasher or swimming pool. In collaboration with the architect Rainer Toshikazu Winter and the University of Florence, we built a passive energy house in 2013 that we use as an artistic laboratory and for hospitality. Guests can also sleep in tent or in tent-like huts constructed using mainly locally available materials (clay, stone, wood).
We have many contacts with similar projects in the region and participate in political activities against oil drilling and combustion of biomass. Recently we started to study the chopped wood technique (BRF) and would like to see this technique spread on a large scale to reconstruct stable humus in agricultural soil. how to get there: 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 busses from Vasto Terminal to Tufillo or from San Salvo - Pilkinton to Bivio Tufillo. (There are also busses from Termoli to Bivio Tufillo 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 - t