Adventures for all ages …. Outside the flock
We are a small biodynamic farm in Lucca, our name is “Nicobio”.
We are a family run enterprise producing vegetables, fruit and oil since 2003. We collaborate with local cooperatives and the NHS delivering socio-therapeutic sessions and social inclusion projects.
We host travellers from all over the world: tourists are lodged in our agriturismo, aspirant farmers join us through the WWOOF network we are members of, and camper-vans can stop over for one night, free of charge, on our hillside.
We offer schools the space for educational tours, while families can join us in our day-long summer camps, set up in collaboration with the “Odissea” social cooperative, based on a forest school approach, where children can be free to explore a natural environment which they can enjoy without too many interferences or imposed restraints.
Over the years we have also cleared old walking trails around our house, reviving the territory and creating opportunities for new experiences for the local community.
Donkeys and chickens already live on our farm, and we now wish to raise new animals, imagining it as a community project: we have chosen the “Dwarf of Ouessant” sheep, a rare breed which up until few decades ago was on the brink of extinction. They are very rustic, good-natured sheep, chosen by “green” gardeners as “natural lawnmowers” not only over great extensions of land but also on small plots.
This crowdfunding will contribute towards the purchase of the sheep which would be at the service of the people and communities whom we work with, and who will enjoy their presence with us: children participating in the recreational activities, young people in the social inclusion projects, the local artisan weaver interested in wool processing, travellers who want to reconnect with the land and the hikers who contribute to the valorisation of the territory.
Ever OUTSIDE THE FLOCK, help us make sure that other people can choose to be closer to their territory even just after admiring our free pasture and - maybe - breathe a bit of the fresh air OUTSIDE THE..... FLOCK.
How funds will be used
- Purchase and transport of weaned sheep (3 females, 1 male). €1200,00
- Purchase of materials for movable fence €700,00
- Purchase of materials for night shelter €600,00
Who's behind the project?
Hi, we are the Nicobio family, Federico, Elena, Cloè, Tideg, Anais e Ysè.
From 2003 we farm our family land between Saltocchio and Marlia in the Lucca province.
We sell our produce directly on the farm, at the local farmer’s markets and through Box Schemes in the province. We practiced social agriculture since the very first days.
At the beginning of the 2000s we acquired a derelict 5 hectares plot in Orbicciano. Thanks to the support of Federico’s family it has been since reclaimed and today is home to about 300 olive trees, a small vineyard, terraces to be plated with fruit trees, a chicken coop, donkeys and beehives for nomadic apiculture.
In 2007 we began our rural hospitality adventure in the old farmhouse brought back to life on this land.
It is here that we welcome tourists and give them a taste of our produce and those of the farmer’s markets we participate in. We have also opened ourselves to the WWoof project, but also to post high school student experiences and Erasmus+, helping to train future farmers, with a particular attention to promoting principles of Biodynamic farming.
Getting children closer to the unspoilt environment we live in was for us a duty, especially due to the consequences of COVID19 on the socialising activities of young people. Thanks to the wonderful teachers of the “Odissea” social cooperative, since 2020 we have started hosting summer camps, an adventure that we will cultivate with great pleasure in the following years.
Project created by
Azienda Agricola Biologica Nico
Small Organic and Biodynamic certified family run farm.
We produce fruit and vegetables in our market garden plots in Saltocchio and Marlia (province of Lucca). We also offer rural accommodation for tourists, welcome wwoofers, and children participating in the summer camps at our agriturismo in Orbicciano, Camaiore (LU).
We are constantly growing and open to collaborations with other social and private organisations involved in the common good.