Frida van der Horst is Dutch and studied in Rome. She was living in northern Tuscany when she heeded the call to “move on”. She set out by train and when passing the area of the Bay of Baratti knew she had found the place to pursue her mission in life.
Fates were with her and she found a plot of 7 hectares, called Piscine degli Olmi (Pond of the Elms), with its own water source overlooking the beautiful Bay. Steeped in the history of the Etruscans and her love of nature she wanted to try to return to their planet friendly agricultural methods.
Frida formed an Agricultural Association and is a member of Donne in Campo. As her success in farming grew using ancient Etruscan methods she found the need for storage (a barn!) and soon the task of learning and developing Earth Architecture was underway. (A note on Frida’s fascinating construction efforts coming soon.)
The virgin land she discovered, having lain fallow, was full of indigenous herbs and medicinal plants (Bach flowers abundant!), and under Frida’s determined hand soon produced flax, Italian hemp, arundo donax and other perennial species that had been farmed in Etruscan times. She hand picks her crops and makes ethnic gastronomic and therapeutic specialties.
In September Frida was featured as an inspiring woman in “Ode aan de Vrouw (Ode to the Women) by Patricia Blok, published by House of Books in Holland.
Visit Frida’s website www.barattibay.org for more info and photographs!