Italy – Salesian Agricultural School of Lombriasco and "Net4Grow": first cycle of "ApiCultura" project completed

30 July 2021

(ANS - Lombriasco) - The "ApiCultura" project in Lombriasco was established in October 2020 from a training course developed by "Net4Grow", a network of Salesian Agricultural Schools in the world, and the Salesian Agricultural School of Lombriasco, near Turin. The aim of the project was to bring beekeeping back to the benches of the Salesian agricultural school in Lombriasco, but with new themes, such as the safeguarding of the species, the importance for the care of the environment, the productive and innovative aspects that revolve around this world now in constant evolution.

The result obtained this year, after 10 months of management, is very positive, both for the completion of the first training course and for the production of honey.

The final-year secondary students had the pleasure of completing their training cycle by actively participating in the basic course for beekeeping operator, which was professionally organized and implemented by the "Agripiemonte Miele" producers' association in Turin.

But the greatest emotion was experienced a few days ago when some students, together with a group of professors and collaborators of the Institute, carried out the first "honey extraction" in Lombriasco.

“It's our duty to thank the 'Hobby Farm' company in Biella, in the person of Riccardo Rubato (former student), who made 10 complete hives and a honey extraction laboratory available, which allowed us to guarantee continuity in the technical-didactic path to young people,” said Daniel Orminus, Project Manager of the 'Solidarity of Don Bosco - Youth in Agriculture' project. Among the other people who made possible the start of this great initiative are the former pupils Marco Trinchero, who donated the bees and contributed, together with Alessandro Appendino, of 'Apicoltura Aperin', to the technical step-by-step assistance for the care of bees.”

The project continues and moves towards the second phase, the one dedicated to innovation. With the use of the ground-air sensors of the partner company "X-Farm", the data of the environment outside and inside the hives will be detected, to compare biodiversity. For the surrounding crops, the symbiotic method will be applied, which, thanks to the collection and reading of laboratory data, will allow monitoring the improvements in the different pollination and production phases.

The objective is to initiate a method for exchanging data through the network of Salesian Agricultural Schools around the world, with vocational training courses and with the possibility of practical work experiences at companies active in the sector and collaborating in the project.

A great challenge under the sign of formation, innovation, cultural exchanges following the teachings of Don Bosco and always in favor of the future of young people.

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