It was April 2014 when I was invited to Panta Rei to join the Probi Viri that the assembly had appointed. I already had some information about WWOOF Italia from the descriptions that Giancarlo, whom I have known for a long time, used to give me.
From that day on, I began to deepen my understanding of certain topics that I consider to be of great importance, both for the intentions they can express and the potential they have.
I am mainly referring to the three projects I know a little about: “Le Vie WWOOF”, the discussion and proposals on the ‘Legge Contadina’ and the ‘RETI D’IMPRESA’.
I feel I can say that in these three years, the Association has consolidated and structured itself, managing to help many individual members grow with and in the activities it offers. For these results, thanks are due to the Board, which has been able to manage and organise with commitment, but equal thanks are due to all members who have contributed to this growth in various ways.
The Probi Viri’s duties also include ‘monitoring the work of the Board and the Association to verify its compliance with its social aims and objectives, as well as providing guidance and recommendations’.
I observe the work of the Council, mainly through the Minutes and, as far as I can see, I do not feel I have to ‘give directions and recommendations’.
The topics discussed and the Council’s proposals do not always meet with unanimity, as is normal; in my opinion, there are often limits to understanding and to proper communication, I would think, which are intrinsic to the manner of the media.
Extremely useful, and yet sometimes limiting. The few times I felt I might add my own opinion on certain
issues, I have done so, to bring my point of view into the discussion as well.
Finally, I am pleased to say that I have not had to ‘give final judgment on any appeals by members’, nor have I had to ‘amicably settle’ any disputes within the Association.
If what little I have done is enough, in the absence of a better candidacy, I will make myself freely available to the Association for the next term.
I was born and raised in Rome, in an urban context far from the countryside. In 2010 I embarked on my first Wwoof experience, which gave me an insight into the world and, progressively, a change of perspective in my life choices. Over the years, travelling the length and breadth of the peninsula, I have had the opportunity to get to know the Italian agricultural context at close quarters, thus increasing my wealth of knowledge and important human relations.
Today I work in a young farmers’ cooperative just outside Rome, which gives me the opportunity to discover the political and community dimension of agriculture every day.
I have been an active member of the Wwoof association for many years in the role of coordinator covering part of Lazio, as I consider the commitment to caring for the territory and local networks essential.
I place great trust in the associative aspect of the Wwoof, because it can be a fertile place to imagine a common horizon to face this delicate moment.