Friday, September 4, 2009

Italia Farm Stay

I'm in Italy in a small town near Sora (2 hours S.E of Roma) I'm staying on an agro-tourism farm and working a bit. Its a nice relaxing way to pass the time outside of the hustle and bustle of the cities. I was getting too burnt out on running back and forth. Catching metros and spending money for everything.

It is warm enough at night so I'm sleeping on the roof of this old 300 year old farm house. Apparently Austrian soldiers stayed in it during the war.

The farm I'm staying at is a little experiment and side project off the main farmstay. We are building a herb spiral based on some permaculture principles like stacking functions and plant guilds. Finding plants that work well together and are beneficial to the communities success.

Permaculture is well worth checking into if you like the idea of growing food for yourself in an long term beneficial way. One book in particular is nice for the backyard gardener and I recommend it highly. Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway.

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