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Italy: La Fattorietta – Rome’s farm

St Peter’s Basilica seen in the distance.

In 2000 they founded the Cultural Association Passeggiata del Gelsomino and La Fattorietta. Developed collaborations with schools, and other associations for vulnerable people, create summer centers, events, folk festivals of rural and Roman tradition.


This farm and cultural association on four hectares near St Peter’s Basilica offers seasonal workshops and activities for children over four, including helping with the harvest, learning how to grow vegetables, making bread, jam, fresh pasta and cheese, even milking a goat.

This urban farm was founded in 2002 to teach children about farm life and to foster love and respect for animals and the environment.

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The Observation Hive Handbook

Studying Honey Bees at Home

By Frank Linton
Foreword by Clarence H. Collison
Cornell University Press
Comstock Publishing Associates
15 September 2017

This book will guide you in selecting an observation hive and choosing a site for it, modifying the hive and the site as needed, installing the hive, working with the hive, and maintaining the hive. It will prepare you to take a temporary portable observation hive to a market, fair, or school. Most important, it describes and illustrates the many ways you can use your observation hive to learn more about honey bees and how to care for them.

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New Zealand: Can vegetable gardening help at-risk youth?

Bailey Perryman and Fiona Stewart from urban farm enterprise Cultivate Christchurch. Bailey uses the broad fork to prep for seedlings; Fiona is about to dig out the cow horns used to prepare the biodynamic soil amendment BD500.

Cultivate Christchurch, she explains, provides somewhere young people in need of extra support to be in employment can come and learn about working the land and working with others.

By Mary Lovell-Smith
NZ Gardener
January 30 2018


It is only Jackson’s third day on the farm and the 23-year-old is bursting with enthusiasm. “It’s amazing, I love it here,” he says. “I’ve worked in cafés and done a carpentry course, but I’ve been out of work for a while due to medical reasons. I was apprehensive before I began, but once I arrived here, I just love the place. You can pick your jobs. You get tired, you have a break.”

He says he has done “a bit of gardening in the past” but doesn’t know a lot about plants. “I want to learn to build planter boxers. On my third day I built a trellis. I want to learn new skills to take on with me.”

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