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Isabelle ACHILLI

La Ferme Suartella


Visits : Open all year round by appointment / please call 24 hours in advance.
Meals served at the farm from May 1st to September 30th, Monday and Tuesday: by appointment 24h in advance, minimum bookings for 5 people. €20 per person.

Regions : Corsica Livantina

Categories : Animal farming, cured meats, cheeses, Around orchards and vegetable gardens, Restaurants & guest houses, farm & cottage holidays

Agricultural sectors : Corsican veal

Ferme Suartella - Acqua Citosa
20243 Serra di Fiumorbo
  06 70 01 57 41 |

When Isabelle was a little girl, she used to play among her grandmother and father’s animals. Cows - kept solely for the benefit of the family - would graze in the family fields in San Gavinu di Fiumorbu. She knew already that she wanted to become a shepherdess. Her wish came true in 1993 when Isabelle met her future husband Pascal, who owned a farm. She was raising her own herd of fifty goats three years later. “It didn’t take me long to decide on what sort of livestock I wanted to keep. The capra corsa (the Corsican goat) of course! I am particularly fond of these endearing animals.”

Bluetongue, a non-contagious viral disease that affects all ruminants, struck in 2001 and decimated the herd of goats Isabelle’s husband looked after.  “I’d sold my goats in 1999 so I could look after my eldest daughter Maria Dumenica.” Isabelle admits that “it was a challenging time – fate dealt us a real blow.  We had to give up raising goats and we decided on a change of course.”

These days, Isabelle is much tougher and resolutely determined; she is equally passionate about keeping her herd of 80 cattle and constantly improving her activity. “À chì dorme, ùn piglia pesciu’*, as my grandmother used to say!” Lisa Maria, her nine-year-old daughter, skips along by her side. They walk down together, to see the herd of goats kept by her mother’s sister-in-law, just below Ferme Suartella. “That reminds me of someone!”’ smiles Isabelle.

*A sleeping man never catches any fish.

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