I am Mirai, a 42 year old Italian-Japanese, I run a small family farm of 1.5 has, where I grow certified organic vegetables and soft fruit within a "eco-village" of 20 people, located on the Novara hills between the Valsesia and lakes and bordering a nature reserve. My brother Yukai (34), his girlfriend Raffaella (34) and an old friend, Renzo (73) run the farm with me.
After many years of sustainable agriculture experiments for the self-consumption of the community for 3 years we have produced and sold our produce from the farm and at the market and also make preserves.
We can host for periods of at least 15 days from the beginning of June to end of August in a caravan (possibly to be shared with another wwoofer) with access to shower and toilet in an adjacent building. The meals, vegetarian and made using our products, will be shared with myself, Yukai, Raffaella and the little Ryo (3) & Akira (0) & our dog Aria ..
The activities we need help with are harvesting berries and vegetables, preparation for sale (cleaning, packaging), transplanting and sowing, hand weeding, mulching. You can also help us in the labeling of juices and compotes, come with us to the market, or share the preparation of our meals and management of the house or play with Ryo.
We do not breed animals, but within the community there are dogs, cats, horses, bees and to avoid problems other animals are not permitted.
Occasionally, as an ecovillage, we host cultural events with people from outside. The nearest village is 1km away, the Railway station 8km: Public connections are sketchy, but we can lend you our bikes. Preferably non-smokers, Wi-Fi available. Welcome couples and families with children. Languages spoken: Italian