I am an Italian musician, poet, storyteller and songwriter. My real name is Antonio Bonifati, but I am universally known with the nickname of “Farmboy”, because I practice natural farming in order to make a living here in Southern Italy.
I was born in 1977 in Northern Calabria. Until 2013, I had some temporary jobs in the IT industry, both in Italy and abroad, but without any satisfaction or possibility of career progression. In 2013, out of my dislike for capitalism and life in cities, I stopped working, got back to my home town and began to cultivate a small plot, left abandoned for many years after my grandfather death, farming naturally, without using any chemicals or dirty energy and eating mostly what grew in my land.
In 2016, aged 39, after having been whistling and singing a lot in my land during long, boring tasks like digging furrows and stripping posts, I began to play piano and guitar. I started composing music right away. Up to now, I can’t read music written in the traditional notation and can only play my own music.
All my mysic and poetry is open-score and released under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license and it will always be so.