To defend and develop the area
by Giuliana Cantini
An innovative project joining an entire territory involving citizens, companies and local administrations is taking off from Fiesole. Its aim is to make organic farming the main theme of sustainable development. It’s called “Distretto Rurale ad alta vocazione biologica di Fiesole” (Organic rural district of Fiesole) and has become a reality thanks to the recent approval, by the Regione Toscana, of the decree which includes it in the Rural Districts law. It’s an important result for Fiesole because this acknowledgement allows it to be included in the national register of food districts as well as have access to tenders for regional funds destined to Rural Districts.
“We are very satisfied with the regional acknowledgement which crowns a course of action started in 2015,” the mayor of Fiesole, Anna Ravoni comments, “it’s a project which our administration counted a lot upon and worked hard on it. What features our district’s course is the fact that it was born out of a participatory sustainable development project, starting from the bottom and which has put together, not only the farming enterprises but also the citizens and associations. A network of the “Fiesole system”, made up of widespread cultures, slow tourism, safeguarding of the environment and development of the territory and so we have worked hard for this.” “The heart of the district is the development of a quality agriculture, inspired by organic criteria which respect the characteristics of the land and can represent a model also for other situations,” Cesare Buonamici comments, president of the Organic District of Fiesole Association, Rural District referent. The effort in the next years will be to expand the District to the neighbouring areas. The area of Fiesole has a huge quality: already in 2016 the land with organic cultivations, or in the process of being converted, was about 45% of the total, with peaks of 48% for olive groves; in the same period, for the sake of comparison, the Tuscan average was of about 18% and about 14% nationally. A huge potential that the network of the Municipality, enterprises and citizens have wanted to boost.” Rurality thus becomes the engine behind a local system’s development, aimed at promoting the area and involving the whole economic-social fabric.