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Why take our Food & Farm course?

Enjoy a one week ‘Hands On” Food & Farm Course given by professional chefs  and farmers. Experience first hand what life is like as an organic farmer with a hospitality & didactics business and learn how to grow, cook and preserve your own food!  Or are you considering starting your own organic farm? This is the course for you!

Your hosts & teachers: Sophie & Filipe

We are professional chefs turned farmers. We are passionate about showing other people how to grow and cook their own food! After having started a succesful restaurant in the Netherlands, we sold it and moved to Italy where we started our own organic farm and founded the culinary & farm associazion La Bibioteca. Every day, we experience how relaxing, healing and—most of all—fun, life on a farm can be! We love showing other people the joys of farm life and to pass on essential cooking and preserving techniques that everyone can use at home. And that includes city dwellers! Join us, be a farmer for one week, and enrich your experience.

Your stay with us

Our beautiful Italian farmhouse can house up to 6 guests in 3 large double bedrooms with queensize beds. Each bedroom comes with its own bathroom. Perfect for couples or close friends. Eventhough it of course also is possible to come alone. The price includes the full teaching program as mentioned above, a wonderful Farm & Food starter kit containing useful tools (worth € 100) for in the kitchen and on the land, daily organic breakfasts, lunches and dinners. On your two free days only breakfast is uncluded but other meals can be provided upon request for extra charge.

It is of course also possible to arrange your own accomodation in our area. There are plenty of nearby accomodations ranging from nature campsites, vacation rentals or luxury boutique hotels. Here are our three favourite places only 10 min. from the farm.

Agricamp Picobello

Vacation Rental Biancopecora

Boutique Hotel Leone

Testimonials

Sophie Daunais

Dearest Sophie, Filipe and Marjan,

I truly enjoyed every single minute I spent with all of you at la Bibioteca. From the personal times (thank you for those DELICIOUS breakfasts, lunches and dinners!!!) to the classes with Marjan, to the practical learnings in the kitchen. Everything was just perfect. You couldnt have made me feel more at home and I couldnt have hoped for better teachers.

I was impressed by how hard you work. It is really a non-stop job! But seeing you running your business with so much passion and positive attitude was a real inspiration. I can see how people who work with and for you truly enjoy it. You have set up a beautiful working culture at la Bibioteca. I want to be the same running « Can EsCarrer ». What a wonderful upbringing for your children. They are very very lucky.

Sophie Daunais

Lina & Daniel

Dear Sophie, Fillip and Marjan

 
Thank you, for teaching us, for inspiring us, for welcoming us, for feeding us, for your lack of bullshit, for your patience and generosity, for making us laugh, think and taste.
Thank you.
 
Love from
Lina & Daniel

The course will cover the following topics

FOOD TECHNIQUES
  • Sourdough bread making
  • Sausage making
  • Wood-fired pizza making
  • Preserving through natural fermentation
  • BBQ basics
FARMING TECHNIQUES
  • Slaughtering poultry (optional) & Basic Butchery
  • Designing your own vegetable garden with limited amount of space/ in the city
  • Crop rotation, seeding & planting techniques
  • Organic pest control & plant maintenance
  • Introduction to beekeeping.

The course week’s program

MORNING LUNCH AFTERNOON DINNER
DAY 0 Arrival & Tour of the Farm Welcome Dinner
DAY 1 Preserving through natural fermentation Organic lunch Sausage making Organic Dinner
DAY 2 Setting up your own organic vegetable garden & Crop rotation Organic lunch Organic pest control, Plant maintenance & Planting Techniques Organic Dinner
DAY 3 Slaughtering Poultry & Basic Butchery Organic lunch Smoking & Bbq Basics Bbq Dinner Party
DAY 4 Sourdough bread & pizza dough making Organic lunch Wood fired pizza making Pizza Dinner party
DAY 5 Introduction to Beekeeping Organic lunch Herbal Cosmetics Workshop Organic Dinner
DAY 6
Farewell Breakfast Departure

Good to know

Extra activities

From wine tasting to outdoors sports & activities (such as swimming, horseback riding and golf) as well as exploring the picturesque villages there is plenty to do or see near the farm. Whilst these activities are not included in the price, we would be happy to arrange them for you in case you would like to add on a day or two on your holiday in order to enjoy the beautiful Italian countryside.

Transport
  1. By plane & bus & rental car, flying on Rome airport (both Fiumicino o Ciampino are fine). From there you can take a direct bus to Pedaso with the company Roma Marche linee (tickets can be purchased online for 24 euro each and this trip takes about 3.5 hours). Then in Pedaso one could rent a car in order to drive the 30 minutes inland it takes to arrive at our farm.
  2. By plane & bus (& pick up), flying on Rome airport (both Fiumicino o Ciampino are fine). From there you can take a direct bus to Porto san Giorgio with the company Roma Marche linee (tickets can be purchased online for 24 euro each and this trip takes about 3.5 hours). Then in Porto san Giorgio one could take two different busses (costs 5 euro total), changing in Fermo, in order to arrive to the town closest to our farm (Sant Elpidio Morico). Here we will pick you up and take you to our farm. Or you could arrange for a pick up in Porto San Giorgio with us in advance! Costs are 10 euro p.p.
  3. By plane & car, flying on Rome airport (both Fiumicino o Ciampino are fine)/ Pescara airport or Ancona airport. From each of these airports it is possible to rent a car and then drive to our farm directly. We personally recommend this option seeing as it gives you the freedom to drive around in our area, which is in the countryside, and you can arrive on your own shedule not depening on timetables of busses.
    Time wise the drives from the respective airports to our farm are: ROME; 3.5 hours, Ancona 1.20 hours, Pescara 1.20 hours.

CLOSEST AIRPORTS: ROME (3.5HOURS) ANCONA (1.2 HOURS), PESCARA (1.2 HOURS)

The exact location of our farm can be found via this link.

 

Taking home your produce

During the course you will be making many products that will be difficult to transport home by plane. We therefore can provide a postal service of your own ‘’La Bibioteca Food & Farm Box’’ which we can send to any country in Europe for the price of postage costs.

Your Farm & Food Tool Kit

Everyone will receive their own tool kit.  This gift box is filled with usefull tools which you will need at home to start using your new found skills. The gift box includes;

  • Your own Chef’s Knife & Apron
  • Sour Dough Starter Kit (Starter, Bread Scraper, Bread basket)
  • Copper Hand Shovel
  • 2 Pairs of Gardening Gloves
  • Pair of Garden Scissors
  • Farm & Food Course Folder with Recipes & Detailed Course Information, Pen & Notebook

Dates & Prices

Price

Option ‘COURSE ONLY’: This option is for those amongst you that prefere to arrange their own accomodations.

Single: € 650
Couple : € 1200

Price includes the 5 course days and organic lunches with drinks

  • This option if for those of you who prefere to arrange their own logging in the area. Please contact us if you are looking for references for nice accomodations in our area! We have plenty of contacts ranging from nature campsites to luxurious villas.
  • You will be expected to arrive on the farm every day at 9.30 by your own tranportation.
  • Price includes organic lunches on all course days, including drinks, on the farm.
  • Optional extra meals can be arranged upon request. Costs p.p. will be 25 euro/ meal/ person.
  • Price includes elaborate farming & cooking tool kit to take home.
  • Price includes a array of all your self made products to take home (excluded are the costs for selective mailingservice for those who travel by plane and cannot take product home in their luggage)

Option COMFORT : Double room in our farm house with queen size bed  and private bathroom in the hall with shower, bidet and toilet.

Single: € 950
Couple : € 1450

Price includes organic breakfasts, lunches and dinners with drinks.

  • All meals are served with drinks (iced tea, water, organic wine & beers, coffee/tea, after dinner digestive).
  • Price includes 6 nights in 2 person double bedroom with queensize bed & private bathroom with shower, toilet & bidet.
  • Price includes elaborate farming & cooking tool kit to take home.
  • Price includes a array of all your self made products to take home (excluded are the costs for selective mailingservice for those who travel by plane and cannot take product home in their luggage)

Option LUXE : Enjoy total privacy in your own appartment situated right next to the farmhouse with it’s own kitchen, queensize bed and bathroom with shower & bathtub.

Single: € 1.500
Couple: € 2700

Price includes organic breakfasts, lunches and dinners with drinks.

  • All meals are served with drinks (home made infusions, water, organic wine & beers, coffee/tea, after dinner digestive).
  • Price includes 6 nights in 2 person loft appartment, adjacent to the farmhouse, with queensize bed, private bathroom with shower and bathtub & fully equiped kitchen.
  • The kitchen will be fully stocked with organic groceries.
  • Price includes elaborate farming & cooking tool kit to take home.
  • Price includes a array of all your self made products to take home (excluded are the costs for selective mailingservice for those who travel by plane and cannot take product home in their luggage)

IT IS ALSO POSSIBLE TO SELECT THIS OPTION AND TO TAKE IT AS A INDIVIDUAL COURSE WEEK. DATES CAN BE ARRANGES UPON REQUEST.

Dates

3 March- 9 March 2019

31 March – 5 April 2019

28 April – 4 May 2019

26 May – 1 June 2019

23 June- 29 June 2019

1 September – 7 September 2019

15 September – 21 September 2019

UPON REQUEST (This option is available for the Luxe couples’ option only)

Booking conditions
  • 25% Deposit in order to confirm your booking
  • This deposit is non refundable
  • The balance needs to be settled 14 days prior to arrival directly with La Bibioteca. Any discounts will be deducted from this second payment.
  • All payments can be made through bank transfer or credit card.
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