I started in 2013 to have agricultural experiences as a WWOOFer during University. I liked it so much that after graduating in Business Administration I did a short training as a Professional Agricultural Entrepreneur and at the same time I worked in various farms as an employee.
I came to Mario and Isa’s farm ‘Finocchio Verde’ when I was still studying and stayed for three months. This is a multi-purpose farm with a high level of self-sufficiency, which requires different skills in many fields and it is precisely here that the clear idea that I wanted to become a farmer matured in me. At the end of 2017 there were serious difficulties with Mario’s health, with him I had a good bond of friendship and mutual respect, so I was asked to take over the farm. In many ways I felt ready: I had good experience with the animals, I was able to manage the vegetable garden and I had also learned how to make good bread. I knew the administrative issues thanks to my university education but I completely lacked the experience in the kitchen and for the farm. Mario had the brilliant idea to introduce me to Julien: he worked as a cook in a nearby restaurant, putting us together we had all the necessary experience and we launched into this adventure. After Mario’s death, Isa has remained here with us and continues to support us in this delicate passage with her precious advice.
If we want to make an overall evaluation I can say that WWOOF gave me a general training in agricultural life and the inspiration necessary to understand what I wanted to do, then I found my channels to deepen, especially working as an employee now it’s time to realize this dream of autonomously managing this beautiful reality. I am very grateful to Mario & Isa, the peasants who were / are the most important mentors along my training.