DAILY WORK IN OUR TEAMS:
Each day our work teams rotate around the farm duties in a four-day cycle.
Today TEAM FIRE started the day with unloading animal feed and hay off a truck. They then continued with the task of harvesting olives using rakes and then piling the fruits of their conquest into large baskets. We’re expecting a large load, as yesterday TEAM EARTH harvested 350 kilograms of olives!! Woohoo!
Today TEAM AIR is with Nicolo in the gardens. They are beginning to make the garden beds in the greenhouse, chopping wood for the pyrolyzer which we will use to make biochar: the best, most carbon-rich fertilizer. So exciting.
Animals and Maintenance:
Today TEAM WATER had similar duties as yesterday. They fed the dogs, pigs, and chickens. While they were feeding the pigs Filippo told us that pigs are matriarchal and have a strict hierarchy. One of the goats is in heat and an anonymous Earthbound student was sprayed by an excited male goat! Managia!!!
Each day we will be posting our lunch menu. We are so honored to be learning from such a wise local chef, Daniela.
Today’s lunch menu includes: Polenta with mushrooms, mashed potatoes, battered and fried sage leaves, lettuce, carrots, mangia tutto (giant green beans), roast beef. For dinner we had this amazing dessert:
Dulce de Castagna
Ingredients: 4 kilos of chestnuts, 8 bay leaves, a handful of dried fennel, a pinch of salt, two sticks of butter, half a liter of milk, three handfuls of sugar.
Unfortunately, the dessert got eaten before we thought to take a finished photo. The taste was extremely unique. Not at all sweet but very rich and delicious. Daniela presented it as a chocolate log on a platter and it was sprinkled with more cocoa powder.
Each day we measure our consumption of Energy, Water, Food and Waste to see patterns in how our daily habits impact the planet:
Heat: How many kilos of biomass are we consuming each day to heat the house for 30 people?
25.5 kilos and we used 120 kilos of wood
Food: What do we need to grow to cook lunch and dinner for 30 people?
12 carrots, 15 potatoes, 2kg mushrooms, 1kg porcini, 2kg beef, 2.5 kg beans, 100g sage, 2 kg polenta, 3 eggplants, 4 kg chestnuts, 1 stick butter, 1/2 liter milk, 3 cups flour, 1 cup cocoa, 1 cup sugar, 200g mozzarella
Water: We began measuring water consumption and production from the well. Numbers to come tomorrow. 4500 liters of water
Recycled waste: 10.4 kilos
Landfill: numbers tomorrow
Compost: 5 kilos
Animal Food: 14 kilos of pig food
Energy: Energy consumption and production. Numbers tomorrow
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