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Responsible tourism: Umbria farmhouse accommodation in Italy

Environment

In 1998 we created the Wizard's Garden, an open-air ecology lab within the farm, where our guests can get information about local wildlife from 8 posters in wooden boards (1 for any habitat). Since 2006 we co-operate with the local Natural History Museum in Candeleto Oasis, projecting their ecological path and organizing guided visits and eco-culture events.

In 2007 we created the Carpina Valley Nature Guidebook "Il Giardino del Mago", an illustrated handbook for leaf identifying in Pietralunga Forest, printed on Greenpeace recycled paper (and since now we are running a blog about the Pietralunga Forest wildlife); once a week, we organize guided nature walks.

On our farm we produce green ENERGY with 2 solar PV systems grid connected (a 20 KW solar array in a hidden farm corner + a 10 KW PV system on the barn roof ) and we adopt energy saving measures such as using high efficiency rating ridges and freezers, long-life/low-energy bulbs, small kettles to decrease water and power useage.

Community

We work in partnership with the local community (we were born here!) by:

- setting up a cooperative (CARDEA) for environmental education activities, to educate the community about the need for conservation and the benefits of preserving the local habitat;

- we transformed our farm into a teaching farm: the local schools come several times a year for projects on organic agriculture, ecology and ecotourism;

- setting up a group (the Carpina Valley Association) for responsible tourism in the Upper Tiber Valley territory (encouraging guests to visit local communities and get involved; printing the Carpina Valley Card, a passpartout to locally owned restaurants, organic local food and handmade crafts shops)

- campaigning for the Authentic Village of Pietralunga and for the Undiscovered Carpina Valley together with associations and the Town Council.

- We used traditional building methods with locally available materials and local craftsmen/builders; we grow our own fruit and veg (and animals): the food we don't produce we buy organic, as well, locally and seasonally available.

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