Ferragosto is the last major holiday of the summer here in Italy and it’s upon us. Historically in rural areas this holiday celebrated taking a load off beasts of burden and servants and letting them kick up their heels a bit. Flower garlands on bridals, summer bonuses, the whole nine yards. In our case, since… Read More Ferragosto
Occasionally I need some comic relief. Under certain circumstances that relief pairs well with my appreciation for data entry.
We’re really busy these days with farm work, visiting groups, plus a new project at the local parish. At the same time our Helping the Helpers planning continues, and we still need your support. If you have not done so already, consider donating today to cover a portion of the transportation, lodging, food and training material… Read More Guest contributor: Kirsten Voris on Trauma Sensitive Yoga
We joyfully began spring planting, dusting off irrigation line (Thanks Nora!), hand tools and lengths of electric fencing we use to rotate animal grazing with great expectations. Everything feels lush and the mild winter has gently given way to flush of green spring. In the midst of this excitement we hosted a training for Operation Dove volunteers… Read More Fertile Ground
It’s starting to feel like spring around here. Though we’ve been enjoying an unseasonably warm winter, the spring rains started with Lent and the daffodils are beginning to bloom at the farm. We took the onset of these signs of spring as an opportunity to update some of our page information and gussy things up a… Read More Spring Preening
We first arrived at the Fattorie Faggioli and began this blog almost 3 years ago now. Since then we’ve gone back and forth, posting about all kinds of things. What began as a tool for keeping folks up to date on our travels is now a record of the development of our life today, the realization… Read More Why donkey coaxing?
You’ve not heard from us in over a month. In that time we’ve moved for a final time into the house Federica’s parents made their home for the last 10 years. There was also Christmas and the flu, but those are best forgotten. I’m sitting now in my new living room, a room I remember… Read More What is it you do, exactly?
“How do you translate ‘borgo’ into English?” It was a good question, especially because it’s part of the name of our new home, Borgo Basino. Fede was translating the farm’s website and I really didn’t have an answer ready for her. We looked through some possible synonyms of the direct translation, “burg”, which definitely implies a neighborhood… Read More A Community Castle?
Italy is pretty famous for its malfunctioning bureaucracy. Nobody can really get used to it but I thought I could quite properly handle, or at least cope decently, with the system. I was wrong. It’s been a little over a week since our arrival and I almost lost it. We simply need to transfer our residency, an operation that… Read More Home sweet home?