Today was a bit of a hard day, with a constant (but never realized) threat of heavy rain and many small waiting projects to complete. Yesterday the tractor came by to plough our fields but had to stop due to torrential rain, just as things were drying up from the months of rain that let… Read More Oh, the Places You’ll Go
We took a walk on the beach in Marina di Ravenna. It was quite cold, but Evan really likes to watch fishermen, so we decided to go near the capanni da pesca (fishing cabins). My mom’s side of the family comes from the coast and many of them are gente di mare (people of the sea). I have memories of… Read More Ospitalita’ Romagnola (Hospitality in Romagna)
This last week offered many new blessings as Spring really arrived and we waded into the thick of planting and carrying projects forward. One challenge since we arrived has been transportation, as we’ve all be sharing one car. The farm is a bit of a trek from town, so any time we want to go… Read More Unexpected Blessings
Today we worked in the orchard, one of our best south facing fields. The orchard is full of various “forgotten” varieties of fruits and nuts. Because other varieties were more marketable, or the fruit itself is somewhat unusual, or for various other reasons many of these trees are rare. Unfortunately they were planted with property… Read More Finding contours
Today we went to a fair called the “Hobby Farmer” and found a young woman, originally from Holland, talking about permaculture and synergetic gardening. She lives in an ecovillage in Marche (a region close by), and she spoke about how to plant a garden in a synergetic way: not tilling the land and not compacting… Read More Synergy
It’s all been a little hectic as we “settle in” to the life here on the Fattorie Faggioli. As some folks have facetiously suggested, our whole mission to coax donkeys and keep goats out of the feed (et.c etc. etc.) is a daunting task considering the number of things to do and our minimal experience.… Read More The Problem is the Solution
Nothing can stop my mom! Neither a broken ankle nor a ripped shoulder tendon! Here she’s showing us that it’s always possible to do some gardening… Mia mamma si puo’ definire una vera forza della natura, nonostante una caviglia rotta e i tendini di una spalla strappati, insiste nel voler dare una mano a toglier… Read More Mila’s Power!
It’s been almost exactly a week since we boarded the plane. As we plodded slowly toward the skyway, I looked at my passport again and noticed the expiration date: July 2013. For a split second, before even fully realizing the impact of what this might mean, I thought: “Should I tell Federica? She’ll give me… Read More First (week)