No Water, No Food: Drought in Italy – Part 1

This is the first post in a three-part series on the impact of this year’s drought on the farm. Growing food depends on having water. Plants need water to germinate, grow, and produce. Different plants need more or less water, but all plants need some amount of water....
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No Water, No Food: Drought in Italy – Part 2

This is the second post in a three-part series on the impact of this year’s drought on the farm. Last week I wrote about the impact of this year’s drought on our crops. The drought has also impacted our beef production. (NOTE: Read No Water, No Food: Drought in Italy...
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No Water, No Food: Drought In Italy – Part 3

This is the third post in a three-part series on the impact of this year’s drought on the farm. The first post was about the impact on our crop production, and the second about the impact on our beef production. A System in Recovery As we transition to organic...
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The Future of Mediterranean Pine Trees

Scattered throughout the farm are areas of pine forest typical of the Mediterranean coast. The dominant pine species is the Italian stone pine, or umbrella pine (Pinus pinea), with its characteristic flat top. Planting Pines When my grandparents purchased the land in th

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Developing a Land Ethic

When people find out that I am a born and raised New York City girl, they usually give me a skeptical look and ask, “So, how again did you end up in farming?” If they don’t ask, it’s a safe bet that they will try to take advantage of my presumed ignorance of agriculture

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The Story of this Tuscan Land

A piece of farmland tells a story – a story about people and their dreams, shaped by an environment and its physical limitations. The story of this farmland begins in the 1930s, when my grandparents purchased the land. Through a series of large infrastructure and draina

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agricultural policy

The Young Farmers of Italy

To outsiders, farming can seem like a solitary profession. Farming conjures up images of a farmer, alone in a tractor, out in the field. While sometimes I am out alone in a field, the truth is that it is impossible to farm alone. Successful farming requires networks of

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