If you are a java junkie, you may be unwittingly contributing to landfill waste. But a Faribault coffee roaster thinks he has found a sustainable answer to the conundrum. The parent company of Hills Bros. Coffee and Chock Full O’Nuts has partnered with the tiny Minnesota-based operation to convert millions of pounds of roasted coffee-bean waste int...

Precision agriculture and wi-fi connections to save olive trees. This, in short, is the mission carried out by Italian food tech startup called Elaisian, founded by three young entrepreneurs in November last year. “Thanks to an agronomic algorithm,” said Damiano Angelici, Elaisian CEO, “we can give olive oil producers advice on what’s best to be do...

On Des Moines’ south side, peppers grow as freely as turf grass. Italian-Americans here eat them like candy. They can and freeze them. They put them in sauce, on pizza or in eggs, fry them up with olive oil and potatoes, or even spread them on bread as an alternative to peanut butter. Among all the pepper love, a really good one stands out. An immi...

Southern Italy's agricultural industry has recovered in 2015 and 2016, according to data from the Ismea-Svimez Report. Added value, exports, and investments have grown more in the South than in the North. But the most significant sign is that youth employment has grown in the Southern sector (+12.9%)—more than the Italian average. Youth agricultura...

We at The Italian Garden Project™ are always pleased when we find that the Italian gardening traditions are being carried on by a new generation of gardeners. Several years ago when 18 year old Alessandro Ferzoco emailed to tell us about his passion for gardening, and offered to introduce us to some of his Italian-born gardening mentors in his subu...

Nazzareno Strampelli sbarca nelle università americane. Il mondo accademico a stelle e strisce, a differenza di quello italiano, ha messo gli occhi sul lavoro dell’insigne agronomo genetista maceratese tanto da farne oggetto di attenzione e di studio persino nelle università. Alcuni studiosi d’oltreoceano sono entrati in contatto con Sergio Salvi,...

Italian food and farming exports are continuing to grow even in a difficult international context. According to Italian food producers’ association , exports from the sector are expected to total around €30.2 billion in 2016, up 4.1% compared to 2015. This is certainly a slower growth rate than 2015 when the food and farming-focused Expo 2015 world...

Italy is fortunate to have a beloved history that is studied and cherished throughout the world. The ancient Romans proved to be one of most innovative societies, creating structures that still proudly tower throughout the countryside. Renaissance masterpieces nestled in churches or displayed in piazza's have been stealing viewers' breath for centu...

by Gina Fava   "How many figs do you have on your tree?" This is all I hear during harvest season in my family. Over the past few years, my husband, Jamie, and my father, and my brother, Tony, each acquired fig trees for their yards. Since the first year of cultivating them, these men relentlessly compete over quantity.   Among their...

by Roberto Iotti Working in the countryside is increasingly attracting young people as a career path, starting with their choice of secondary school and then continuing as a source of employment, according to industry data. At the same time, the appeal of technical and humanistic vocations is declining.   In the school year that has ju...