Spannocchia

Join us in the Tuscan countryside of Italy for a week of farming, with a focus on slow food culture and traditional farming methods. This week-long farm experience is part of the Climate Farm School learning program.

About the farm

The property

Spannocchia is a 1,000 acre diversified farm in the Tuscan hills southwest of Siena. The farm is comprised of vineyards, olive orchards, grazing pastures for heritage breed cows and pigs, and small scale vegetable and herb production. Spannocchia preserves an ancient form of life in Tuscany that is based on community, respect for tradition, and a responsible use of resources. The farm serves as an international model for sustainability, and for more than twenty years has hosted interns from around the world to learn about responsible tourism. Participants will stay in a 12th century Tuscan castle and engage in a community of farmers, interns, chefs, butchers, and food processors.

Farm team

The Spannocchia farm and programs team bring a diverse array of expertise and passions to the course experience. Participants will learn from Niccolo Merighi, Farm Education Director and avid natural winemaker, as well as the vegetable farm manager and others leading the perennial crop operations. 

Glimpses from the farm

Hands-on activities

Prepare to get your hands dirty with a wide range of activities offered at the farm.

Farming and forestry

Food and cooking

Pricing and expected commitment

US $3000 – $3600

*Pricing varies based on lodging. For this course, the range is $3000-3600. Exact details are provided in the application form and follow up communication to applicants.

Cohort starting May 6, 2024

Farm dates: May 19-26

Cohort starting Sep 30, 2024

Farm dates: Oct 17-24

Hear from Climate Farm School fellows

Clarissa Brockway

"The Climate Farm School program was such a unique experience. It was so exciting to meet so many amazing people and have engaged, challenging conversations with them. The blend of farm work, course work, and a little fun along the way created such a welcoming environment to empower one another and be the change we want to see."

Senior Manager of Software Engineering
Anne Spaliding

"Climate Farm School was an amazing opportunity to learn in depth about regenerative practices and see how these work in practice during the onsite farm experience. I learned so much and am inspired to keep learning and dedicating my energy towards land transformation to support our climate."

Business Consultant at Coldwater Canyon Provisions

Accommodation and other FAQs

Participants will stay in the 12th century castle rooms at the farm, or in a 3-bedroom farmhouse on the property. More information about the farm stay and accommodations is available on this website. Camping is not available at this host farm site.

The theme for this course is culturally relevant food production. Participants will explore the historical underpinnings of the current Tuscan food system and engage in farming activities that are designed to protect and sustain traditional seed varieties, animal breeds, eating practices, and the surrounding natural resources.

The climate is typical of Mediterranean ecosystems, with large daily temperature fluctuations. There is potential for intense heat in the summer and a wet/dry season with very little or no rainfall from approximately May through October. Temperatures are often quite cool at night (even if the daily highs are in the 60s/70s Fahrenheit) especially by October, so plan accordingly and bring layers!

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