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Opportunities for Agriculture

Educational farms, which number some 2,362 in Italy, hand down the traditions of the countryside to create opportunities, even economic ones. According to Teatro Naturale, it has been a real boom considering that in 2000 there were only 251. Their role in education is of enormous value, especially for today’s hyper-technological children, who find an opportunity to gain knowledge and experiment with a rural way of life. For agriculture companies educational farms are good business, another tool to contrast the impact of the economic crisis. At the moment there are no national regulations governing them, leaving space for regional administrations to establish the general criteria. The first structures date back to the 1990s when the Emilia-Romagna region started several projects leading to the drafting of a Charter of Quality, the health and hygiene parameters of which the farms must respect.