Food and Sunday School-

from Valeria Dalcore

On May 15 and 22, 52 farms open their doors to the public, these 10 never before visited by the public, for the event in its 25th edition

Enjoy the spring immersed in nature and in the flavors of the Mantuan tradition: on Sundays May 15 and 22 “Per Corti e Cascine”, in its 25th edition, opens to the public the farmhouses, agritourisms, agricanteens and educational farms of Mantua and the neighboring territories, Cremona, Verona and Brescia. This year there will be 52 open companies and among these 10 never visited before by the public: to discover them, to know their work, their commitment and their production, is to protect the identity of a territory dedicated to agriculture, breeding and processing for centuries and which has a very strong peasant culture. This is also recalled by the regional legislation which, for some years, requires that 80% of the products used by agritourisms come from their own productions or local farms, thus creating a strong link between farms, processors, farmers and agritourism.

The companies that participate in Per Corti and Cascine are spread throughout the territory, from lower Garda and upper Mantua – just over an hour from Milan – to the bottom, along the Mantua section of the Po river, but also towards Canneto on the ‘Oglio, a stone’s throw from Cremona, and further east in the rice fields that develop along the border with Veneto. It is therefore possible to plan your own visit itinerary starting from the vocation of the territory or the type of experience offered by the farm. In addition, this year there are not only visits and tastings but also real outdoor agripicnic – perfect even for those with young children -, to experience the relationship with nature and the great outdoors. The agricantines cover a good part of the event today, with the participation of six wineries in the area of ​​the hills of Garda and upper Mantua (wine and oil route) and three wineries in the Oltrepo, land of the native Lambrusco vine that grows wild in the territories between Emilia for centuries Romagna and Lombardy, great protagonists of the local table.

A lot educational farms, to give even the little ones the opportunity to be outdoors, to get to know the animals up close and take full advantage of all the sensory stimuli that only nature can provide. C’chi like “C’era una A.Pe” by Alice Perini in Roncoferraro, distils its own aromatic and officinal herbs in the field and plunges us into the world of poultry with a few types of docile and “ornamental” hens, or which offers tours in the orchards to pick the first cherries, to meet also small newborn chicks of guinea fowl and chickens, such as the “Corte Le Faraone” farm in Roverbella, near the Mantua-Peschiera cycle path. Participation is partly free and partly by reservation. Program, map and initiatives on

The Mantua Agritourism Consortium, which today has more than 300 associated farmhouses and agritourisms, was born in 1998 on the initiative of a small group of women active in agriculture who decided to come together to continue work in the fields and live in the countryside with their families. The first project “From rural housewife to agrotourism entrepreneur” set the objectives and still today has a strong female presence, available to more than 100 farms to provide technical and entrepreneurial support, organize agricultural markets and promotional events in the region. Companies associated with the Mantua Agrotourism Consortium promote a community economy which aims to create and strengthen social and economic synergies. “Supporting them – explains the Consortium – means ensuring that resources are reinvested by the families of the courts and farms directly in the region, to protect local products, traditions, social relationships that would otherwise be lost, as well as the places that welcome them. The strength and circularity of the mechanism that underlies the 0 km is also synonymous with defense and protection of the environment.which increasingly takes the form of more sustainable farms, “extensive” and very diversified crops, to protect biodiversity, the cultivation of old varieties requiring less pesticides and the free growth of vegetation along the rivals, which become a veritable “ecological corridor”. ” which allows small and large animals like foxes, hares and pheasants to survive and move from one ecosystem to another.

May 15, 2022 (edit May 15, 2022 | 00:41)

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