A five-year course to form a new generation of experts to 360 degrees.
It was in 1904 when, at the suggestion of the City of Pescia, the project for establishing a practical school for agricultural studies was proposed. Among its objectives was to contribute to the agricultural development of the Valdinievole valley and create a new institution that would teach young people about the management of the “holding.” The headquarters of the school in 1909 became the Villa Magnani of Ricciano, overlooking Pescia and its hills. In 1933 the School was transformed into the Agricultural Technology Institute specializing in Oliviculture and Oil Milling and, after the period following World War II, it took over its activity developing as well Flower Growing and, then Oliviculture. In the training program of the Institute – its title was given in the 1970’s by the lawyer, Dionisio Anziolotti – is the development of new themes pertaining to the safeguarding of the environment, garden designing, maintenance of gardens and production of high quality nourishing substances for greenery were also instituted. In all of the 10 hectares that surround the school, there are wine vineyards, olive groves – and 69 of them “cultivar,” – a cold press oil mill, greenhouses and tents for the raising of ornamental plants.
The figure of Agricultural Expert has by now developed into that of the diplomat armed with state of the art technical-scientific knowledge and capacity to adapt to the continuing evolution of the technology and the processes of production.
With the Gelmini Reform the Institute offers a course of study every five years in “Agriculture, Agricultural nourishment and Agro- industry,” able to satisfy any request of the agriculture market thanks to the acquisition of competence in the field of the organization and management of production, transformation and improvement of the sector, all the way to the use of biotechnology. What is more, there is a boarding school and half board school, company internships and laboratories for a formative training rich in opportunities. Among the events open to the surrounding territory are the “Mycology Show” “Olea,” “Citromania,” and “Eat the leaf,” for the recognition and tasting of edible plants, “The Scent of Wine,” wine tasting of Italian and non Italian wines and Floraviva held on April 14th and 15th 2012 demonstrates the popular market for agricultural topics.
Siriana Becattini, Dirigente istituto