Being together with your children, immersed in nature. A farm holiday with children is a unique experience that remains in the heart
“A farm holiday it is different from any other type of holiday »underlines Alberto Brosio, former actor of“ Beautiful ”and“ Cento Vetrine ”, and today a beekeeper, farmer and breeder on his farm near Cortandone, in the province of Asti.
It is an adventurous experience, physically demanding, but capable of relaxing the mind. “It manages to make you one with the land that hosts you and leaves you with a new awareness even when you return home: from the choice to use certain products, respectful of the environment, to the reduction of the use of plastic”.
The benefits of a farm holiday
Staying on the farm is an authentic experience: «Here we return to nature, immersing ourselves in the green and rediscovering human and dilated times to which we are no longer used. And then you have to take care of the animals and the land, activities that can be done alone or together. A real group experience capable of strengthening relationships within families ».
A holiday which is good for everyone, even the youngest children. «Preschoolers are very predisposed to experience and are amazed by everything. The more time passes, the more the parents relax and the more they rejoice as a result ».
If they are older, however, there is more interaction: «We involve them in various activities that bring them into the ‘here and now’ of life, learning to enjoy what they have often only seen on TV».
Activities to do on the farm
On the farm you never sit idle, “The activities are many and are calibrated according to the age of the children and the seasons”.
There is always something to do: «You go from fruit harvest, such as hazelnuts (in September), to that of honey (from May to August); then there is the hay cutting, which is usually done between the last week of May and the first half of June; and then the educational activities, which are often done in the laboratory ».
You don’t stop working even if the weather is bad: «when it rains you can do different workshops inside the structure. For example, the manufacture of wax candles. Alternatively, let’s take boots and capes and go to play in the rain in the mud: a real joy for children who are used to never being able to get dirty ».
Then there are the activities with animals: «I ask the older and more well-behaved boys to take the horse, lead it to the saddlery, groom it, saddle it and take it to the field for a ride. It is very different from taking a simple ride on the pony: in this way, the children create a real relationship with the animal, learning to make themselves known and respect its times ».
An alternative is to let him try to be shepherds: “Let’s open the sheep pen and, together with the dog, let them graze in the fields”.
How to choose the right farm
The offer of this type of stay is very wide. To make the right choice, there are some tips to keep in mind: “Surely you need to find out, perhaps by reading the reviews and feedbacks left on specialized sites by users who have previously visited these facilities”.
Staying a week or a weekend, then, depends on the preferences of each individual family: “A farm holiday is not like staying in an” all inclusive “hotel: it is certainly relaxing, because it reconciles with nature, but at the same time provides a certain physical effort. A weekend is intense, while staying more days leaves more time to relax ».
There is also the opportunity to buy one and turn it into the “family farm”. To make a deal, platforms are spreading that allow you to zero commission costs on the sale of a home by saving on the purchase. The first online real estate agency that brought this formula to Italy is Dove.it.
The tales of the Orlando farm
Alberto Brosio, together with his family and the now famous dog Orlando, is the protagonist of the new spin off de “The Orlando Farm”, a DeAKids production for DeAJunior, which will air starting May 20 at 4.10pm on DeAJunior (Sky channel 623).
The novelties of the season are two: not only Orlando will speak, but also the other animals of the farm, who will comment on everything that happens in Cortandone; and at the end of each episode there will always be a moral.
Updated on 17.06.2019