eco-villages in Italy a story for resilience food stories

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The eco-villages of Italy

eco-villages in Italy a story for resilience food stories

Italy has around fifty ‘eco-villages’, so named by the residents themselves. The keynote of life in them is total sustainability. They are communities of people who have consciously opted for a life in harmony with nature and with each other. They are largely self-supporting. Each community has its own rules, but the fundamental principles are common to all of them: harmony with others and with nature, unanimity in decision-making, and shared ownership with the absence of private property that flows from it.

eco-villages in Italy a story for resilience food stories

The Community of Elves

The community, of several dozen men, women and children of various nationalities and ages, several of whom have lived here for more than thirty years. They have made their home at the top of a mountain in the heart of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, at an altitude of 970 metres, in an old abandoned village.
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They live without electricity, water or gas and reject all the demands place upon us by a consumer society. The community has no private property.

Everything belongs to everyone and each person contributes to the community in their own way. They work the land by natural methods as well as keeping cows, chickens and rabbits.

eco-villages in Italy a story for resilience food stories

The village is continually developing. Everything is focused on self-sufficiency and structures are built in stone, wood, straw and clay. Wood is collected for daily use and for winter fuel stocks. A vegetable plot is maintained, vegetables are conserved and jams are made from the fruit. The meals cooked and eaten are vegetarian, with vegetables from the vegetable plot, organic grains, and cheese from the community’s own cheese dairy.

eco-villages in Italy a story for resilience food stories

Eight kilometres from the occupied world, this group of people lives united by the choice of a simple existence in harmony with nature and with each other, and a desire to celebrate life with music and dance.

eco-villages in Italy a story for resilience food stories
"The goal isn't to go against a certain lifestyle but to set an example."

eco-villages in Italy a story for resilience food stories
"We're not trying to completely separate our selves from the outer world that we come from....

eco-villages in Italy a story for resilience food stories
...Instead, we're trying to build something different."

eco-villages in Italy a story for resilience food stories
"Our main objectives are food and self-sufficiency."

eco-villages in Italy a story for resilience food stories
"When this community started we only grew four vegetables, now fifteen. Oke it is not a supermarket but all in all plenty of choice."

eco-villages in Italy a story for resilience food stories
"This winter I really liked it here, with all around the fire, reading books and making music."

eco-villages in Italy a story for resilience food stories
"Each of us contributes to the community in their own way."

eco-villages in Italy a story for resilience food stories
"All this in harmony with the mountain's daily teachings….

….with its laws, its rules, its power and difficulties but also with its beauty."

eco-villages in Italy a story for resilience food stories
"The mountain teaches us the direction every year, day or moment we spend here."

Nadir Papini

Sambuca Pistoiese, Tuscany Italy

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