The Pioneering Organic Farmer of Fossano

Meet Andrea Giaccardi of l’ Orto del Pian Bosco, a 40-something organic farmer in Fossano (CN) in the northern Italian region of Piemonte. Andrea is something of a pioneer in these parts. Not just because the median age of farmers in Italy is 66, but also because organic farming in this part of Italy is … Continue reading

La Prima Settimana (First Week)

It’s been unseasonably warm and sunny this past week, interspersed by a few days of rain. Only a few weeks ago, it was snowing in Bra, something the locals tell me is not uncommon at this time of the year. Suddenly the paddocks we pass in the bus on the way to UNISG are a … Continue reading

Fresh from the Garden Green Herb Soup

Quick and easy, the secret to success for this soup is to add fresh organic herbs to the soup base as it is being liquidised. Melt the butter and sweat the onion and potato for 3 – 4 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Add the stock, bring to the boil and simmer 15 – … Continue reading