Pilot Ambassador

Valerio Bondesan

Pilot Facilitator

Francesca Chiarini

Paolo Marostegan
Azienda Al Confin di Marostegan Dott. Paolo, Via Alpiero, 17,
36043 Camisano Vicentino VI, Italy


A biodiverse bunch of farmers employing agroforestry and mixed agriculture
on Italy’s Veneto plain

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Veneto Mix

Northeast Italy

In the Veneto region of northeast Italy, seven farms of varying sizes and disciplines are engaging with agroforestry and mixed agriculture techniques in a bid to boost the sustainability of their productions,
soil fertility and biodiversity.
Veneto Mix Organic farming system Components Trees Crops Agroclimatic zone Mediterranean Italy Veneto
The farms involved in the AGROMIX pilot projects are spread across the provinces of Padova, Verona and Vicenza, and range from small to medium farms (2 ha – 30 ha).

All of the farms incorporate some degree of mixed farming in different combinations of horticulture, arable crops, livestock (with a limited number of poultry, pigs, cows) and with hedges or small woods on the field borders.
The farms are united in their aims and some of their challenges, which include extending agroforestry techniques and use of hedgerows, expanding or beginning animal husbandry in rotation with main crops, introducing livestock into already existing woods and designing new agroforestry areas in combination with horticulture and arable crops.
Veneto-Mix Pilot Ambassador Valerio Bondesan, Laura Barduca and Paolo Marostegan tell us more about the importance of agroforestry
“Farmers think that agroforestry can be important for their farms, because trees are important for the biodiversity of their farms and also from an environmental point of view and increasing the presence of trees“
Veneto-Mix Pilot Ambassador Valerio Bondesan tells us more about the pilot project.

So if I’m thinking about people who do animal production in an outdoor system, our regions is one of the critical areas for avian influenza, so the farmers are interested in keeping hens for selling eggs, in some moments of the year, especially in the winter, this is very critical from a Mediterranean point of view, so this can be a barrier for organic production, to keep the animal outside.
Another problem is when you’re introducing agroforestry, you’re losing part of your area of soil and in the small-sized farms, this can be a problem for them.

Within the project to boost agroforestry and mixed agriculture systems are social goals, as farms explore the possibility of opening to provide spaces for education, programs to include disadvantaged workers and the creation of housefarms.
With AGROMIX, the participants in the Veneto region will gain access to knowledge and technical assistance on farm resilience and diversification, sustainable land management, nature-based solutions and recycling practices as well as insight into the interaction of livestock, trees and arable land to boost biodiversity and soil fertility.

On AGROMIX: “Farmers are expecting AGROMIX to define another view of their farm in the next 10 years, talking together, co-designing an evolution of their farms with technician and expert support to find certain solutions for some problems.
There are several problems and barriers because the farms are doing different activities.


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