Alessandro Villella & Xosé Luis Carrera Valin  - Erasmus entrepreneurs

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New entrepreneur:
Alessandro Villella (Italy)
Age: 32
Company name: Fattoria Pura Vida (Start-up)
Sector of activity: Agricultural, forestry, horticultural, aquacultural and apicultural products and services

The EYE allowed me to learn about the various phases of a farm with in-house cheese production in a natural way. It allowed me to see the importance of human collaborators in a project implementation and transformation and see the entire construction phase of a green building structure.

Host entrepreneur:
Xosé Luis Carrera Valin (Spain)
Age: 59
Company name: ARQUEIXAL FARM AND ECO TOURISM SMALL VILLAGE | (25 years of experience)
Sector of activity: Organic/Bio/Eco products & services

The program allowed us to improve our project and make it more sustainable in terms of energy and agriculture creating and opening connections with neighboring projects in both directions. The knowledge allowed the start of the use of the principles and ethics of Permaculture in the project.

Period of exchange: 05/2022 until 09/2022
Duration of exchange: 3


Results and benefits


1 new country reached
1 new country reached
Organic and regenerative farm Principles of Permaculture


Luis Carrera Valin has been a regional representative of agriculture and organic milk production for more than 20 years, making cheese and other dairy products. A few years ago, Luis learned about the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme thanks to one of his collaborators who supports the programme at institutional level. Since then, every year he tries to take up new energies that bring him something new and are in line with his vision of a more resilient world. Alessandro Villella, 32, is an citizen of the world, born in Italy. He is an activist and member of the regeneration and permaculture movement at the European level. He decided to sign up for the programme as a new entrepreneur to become a better entrepreneur and open his business providing food, shelter and educational services.

By sharing experiences of permaculture principles, the EYE programme allowed both Luis and Alessandro to improve their projects and make them more sustainable in terms of energy and agriculture by making connections with neighbouring projects in both directions. The knowledge enabled the beginning of the application of permaculture principles and ethics in Luis' activities. Luis and Alessandro shared their knowledge of the world of regeneration through the application of permaculture principles and ethics on both a human and agricultural level. Their main goal was to make the company's services and products even more sustainable, with the aim of regenerating the people involved and the environment. The focus was also on expanding and implementing the network of projects in the region and the area to create a community in motion.

Alessandro was able to put all his expertise into practice, pass on his ideas and energy and expand his network of contacts. Luis and his company, on the other hand, were able to get to know the tools of permacuture in the project and see them in practice. Expectations were exceeded thanks to the various courses held at the company. In addition to imparting knowledge on an external level, this made it possible to bring the community around the project closer in order to get to know it more deeply and thus create projects that can follow over time. The future promises to nurture the new community that has been created through the various activities of the past months and to create several working communities and the practical implementation of the jointly developed project during the permaculture design.

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