Monday, January 2, 2017

Azienda Agricola Arpisson, Part 3

A newborn calf in the dark stable...

Milk cooled by water from the spring (there are 22 springs that start in the hills around the farm, and you can lean right into the mouth of them and stare at the cold water bubbling out of the ground!)

Cleaning the  copper cauldron after cheese-making is one of the worst jobs on the farm

Evie with Kira, a farmdog who is living her best life

All my other posts about this farm are here!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Azienda Agricola Arpisson, Part 2

The goats returning home for milking and bed

The farm is a two-hour hike from a grocery store, so all the food non-dairy we ate was helicoptered up at the start of the summer

Skimming the cream...for butter or coffee!

The one-room kitchen/bedroom where Eve and I stayed. Even when it was super hot outside this room was always magically cold.

Calves :)

All my posts about this sublime place are here!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Azienda Agricola Arpisson in the summer, part 1

What a thrill it was to go back to this dairy farm in the Italian alps! I first visited Attilio, Gabriella, and the 30 cows and 60 goats, in 2012. When I came back four years later I discovered they'd named a cow after me. Dairy cows live about four years at factory farms, and fourteen years at Arpisson, which is a paradise for animals.

More about my favorite farm in the world, where you can volunteer for free, here.
All my posts about wwoofing (volunteering on organic farms) are here.