Visits to the experimental fields of the QualitàInBio project

On June 3rd and 6th, the experimental fields of the Innovation project QualitàInBio will be shown to all interested people.

Monday, June 3rd the event will be held at Azienda Agricola Cà del Bosco (Ravenna, RA) while on Thursday, 6th June the visit will take place at Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard (Parma, PR).

The aim of the project is to improve the technological quality of durum and bread wheat varieties cultivated in plains under organic farming to meet the requirements of the secondary processing industry. The objective is set in a context of a progressive shift from conventional farming to organic and an extension of the organic cropping areas from the mountain/hill to the plains; to enhance cereal biodiversity by identifying effective selling propositions based on their nutritional and health value.

If you wish to participate please register here:

RAVENNA REGISTRATION FORM

PARMA REGISTRATION FORM

More details in the schedule of the events.

Open Fields partner of “The Paper Mill” project

We are proud to be partner of “The Paper Mill” project, the new disciplinary of the Mulino Bianco brand (Barilla Group) in force starting from 2018 sowing – 2019 harvesting.

For two years we have been worked side by side with Barilla Group, WWF, RINA, the University of Bologna, the University of Tuscia, Farmers, Stockers and Mills to the definition of the criteria for a more sustainable agriculture, with which Mulino Bianco produces quality, supports farmers’ activities and promotes biodiversity by protecting pollinating insects.

As technical partners, we developed a software useful to trace the wheat and enhance communication between the wheat value chain actors.

The 10 rules of “The Paper Mill” may undergo changes from year to year, in a path of continuous improvement towards sustainability.

Bio2 Final Conference

Next Tuesday 8th January 2019, the final conference of the Bio2 project will be held at the Congress centre of the University Campus of Parma.

The aim of the project was to increase the competitiveness of mountain and high hill farms through the valorisation of cereal Biodiversity in organic farming.

After an introduction on the project, the partners  of the project will present the results obtained during the years of experimentation.
Presentations by Alessandra Sommovigo (CREA), Giovanni Dinelli (University of Bologna), Giuseppe Desantis (Rete Semi Rurali) and Marianna Guareschi (University of Parma) will allow to deepen some issues related to legislative innovations regarding seed certifications, organic farming and its valorisation and the new cereal value chains in Europe.
The presentations will introduce the Round Table discussion between Roberto Ranieri (Open Fields, moderator), the Regional Minister for Agriculture, Hunting and Fishing Simona Caselli, Silvio Grassi (Molino Grassi) and the farmers partners of the project.

Here the schedule of the event and the link for registration.

FSTPIII: Scientific Program, Press Release and Presentations

Available in the “Documents” session of our website the Scientific Program, Press Release and Presentations held at “ From Seed to Pasta III – A Sustainable Durum Wheat Chain For Food Security And Healthy Lives” (Bologna, 19 -21 September 2018), within the “Innovation in the durum wheat-pasta chain” session 7 and round table moderated by Roberto Ranieri.

Bio2 will attend the “Festival Cittaslow dedicated to biodiversity”

Bio2 will attend the event “Cittaslow Festival dedicated to Biodiversity”, which will be held at Felina di Castelnovo ne Monti, RE (27-29 July 2018).

On Saturday 28th morning at 10 am, the Bio2 project will be introduced, with the presentation “Bio2: ancient grains and mixtures, an opportunity for the Apennines”.

Open Fields, Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard, Molino Grassi with Silvio Grassi and the two local farms partners of the project, Bismantova and Angus, will attend the event, and will debate on the first results of the project and the two years of experimentation. Finally, there will be a tasting of products made with flours obtained from Bio2 ancient grains and mixtures.

The Festival has been dedicated to the theme of Biodiversity since last year, and this year’s edition intends to deepen specifically the biodiversity of cereals, with the aim of enhancing the production of cereals with biological methods, the rediscovery of different genotypes of ancient grains and the production of different traditional varieties.

More information at the website link and in the leaflet.

Lactic Acid Fermentation as Means of Nutritional Improvement. Marco Spaggiari at ICWL18

On Open Fields’ YouTube channel you can find the presentation on ”Lactic Acid Fermentation of Triticum Turgidum Subsp. Turanicum Bran as Means of Nutritional Improvement” during the third session of the 1st International Conference of Wheat Landraces for Healthy Food Systems in Bologna, Italy (13-15 June 2018).

Open Fields cooperates with the Department of Food and Drug of the University of Parma in a PhD project which aims to characterize the co-products deriving from the first processing industry of wheat, maize and rice to meet the needs of the cereal industry to increase sustainability and competitiveness of the agro-food chain.

Visits to the experimental fields of the SOiLUTION and BIO2 projects

Today, June 18th 2018, the event “Visits of the experimental fields of SOiLUTION and BIO2 projects” was held at Compiano (PR).

Mario Marini, chef and owner of Azienda Agricola-Vitivinicola Biologica and Agriturismo “Il cielo di Strela”, partner of SOiLUTION, made and offered us a breakfast with delicious cakes made with the flour of the Bio2 project. Afterwards, Antonio Rossetti introduced the project; Agronomist Cristina Piazza (Azienda Agraria Sperimentale Stuard) and Doct. Agronomist Marco Errani presented the results of the field trials carried out with the aim to introduce and adapt conservation agriculture practices (including cover crops) on farms located in hilly and mountain areas.
Lastly, Prof. Giacomo Zanni ( Consorzio Futuro in Ricerca (CFR)), illustrated the aims and objectives of action 3 of the project: to carry out a multi-criteria analysis of the results in order to assess the benefits achieved through the adoption of conservation agriculture practices.

After the presentation of the Bio2 project, we visited the experimental fields of “Il cielo di Strela” farm, and the small and big plots of the Bio2 project at “Angus” farm; finally, the owner Luca Marcora offered us a delicious lunch at his farmhouse “Le Carovane”.

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Bio2 at the 1st International Conference of Wheat Landraces for healthy food system

Bologna, June 13-15, 2018. Bio2 participates at the 1st International Conference of Wheat Landraces for Healthy Food Systems, which brings together like-minded scientists to discuss the topics of landraces, including modern populations, ancient and heritage wheat with a focus on health and nutrition as well as natural flavors and aromas.

These scientists have recognized the many problems that many modern wheat varieties are causing and have been studying alternatives to this kind of modern wheat as well as current industrialized farming systems and high speed, high volume food processing models.

Researchers and expert scientists from research institutes, academia and industry have been invited to present their recent findings and visions about the research, development, processing of wheat landraces within  6 subject areas: wheat, production, processing, nutritional and medical considerations, economic and market perspective.

As part of the 1st International Conference of Wheat Landraces for Healthy Food Systems, the local host planned a field day to showcase a variety of wheat landraces, including those sent in by conference participants.

Here the poster of the BIO2 project presenting the first agronomic, nutritional and chemical results of the first year of experimentation.

Visits to the experimental fields of BIO2 and SOiLUTION projects

On June 12th and 18th, the experimental fields of the Innovation project BIO2 and SOiLTION will be shown to all interested people.

Tuesday, June 12th the event will be held at Bismantova farm (Castelnovo Ne’Monti, RE), where the results of BIO2 first year of experimentation will be presented.

On Monday, 18th June the visits to the experimental fields of SOiLUTION and BIO2 projects will take place at Il Cielo di Strela farm (Strela di Compiano, PR), where the two projects will be illustrated and the experimental fields of SOiLUTION will be visited, and at Angus farm (Compiano, PR – Bio2 project).

More details in the schedule of the events.