A new center dedicated to the defense of sustainable agriculture food biodiversity, traditional wisdom and support for local economies in Tuscany, will house a regional headquarters for the Slow Food Foundation of Biodiversity from next month thanks to support from the Tuscany Regional Authority. The center is situated in the Lorenese Granary at the Alberese Regional Farm - a public farm that covers over 4,600 hectares in the heart of the Maremma Regional Park and the only farm to still raise free-range Maremmana-breed cattle (a Slow Food Presidium), using butteri, cowboys.
The new headquarters will be presented at Slow Fish (Genoa, May 27-30), while the official ribbon-cutting will take place on the weekend of July 2-3, when Tuscan convivia will travel to the Alberese farm for a two-day celebration of the historic, gastronomic and environmental heritage of the Maremma area.
Between May and September, when the center is open to the public, the Slow Food Foundation will be presenting its biodiversity-protection projects (Presidia, Earth Markets, A Thousand Gardens in Africa) and a program of activities: tastings, training sessions, conferences and more. The Foundation will also be working with the Alberese Farm and the local Slow Food network as well as local holiday farms and small-scale producers to bring together sustainable agricultural production and responsible tourism. This might involve, for example, on-site tastings in the park or the cowboys' saddlery that will help visitors discover this unique environment.
The entire project has been guided by a focus on environmental sustainability. The materials used for the building renovation are all reclaimed and local, from the beechwood to the Amiata sheep's wool.
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