The Casaria farm business is located in Masi (PD), on a stretch of land embraced by the River Fratta in the north and the River Adige in the south, in a reclaimed area managed by Consorzio Adige Euganeo.
Its history goes back over a century.It was founded in the early 1900s by the Bari family, who continued to run it until the arrival of the new millennium.Following a series of divisions, the property then passed into the hands of some local industrialists who ran it for a brief period.
2012 was therefore a turning point for the company.It was bought up by Lorenza Padovan, a physiotherapist seeking a more authentic lifestyle, and a closer contact with nature, far away from the frenetic rhythm of a life dedicated to others.The main aim was to bring new life to a 54-hectare rational and productive cereal farm, changing the set up and also the production process, to achieve eco-sustainable, responsible innovation. Dr. Mauro Sangiovanni, Lorenza’s partner and agronomist of long standing, played an essential role in supervising the entire process.
A further 40 hectares of adjacent land were purchased In 2017, and in line with the company ethos, the conversion to organic management was begun
This has been achieved for the most part by using a series of agroforestry systems, making use of the advantages of some agri-environmental measures, set down in RDP 2–7/2013.Kilometres of country hedgerows, a buffer zone and a cutting-edge agroforestry system, with common oaks and poplars along the ditches, typical of reclamation zones, have helped to bring back a countryside that is deeply enriched by biodiversity and flourishing greenery; it is also now home to rare animal species, including the roller, with its typical electric blue plumage, and the grey heron.
And thanks to the creation of a four-hectare poplar grove in the flood land area adjacent to the River Fratta, and the planting of around thirty units with field maple and ancient mulberries,
the property can boast the presence of around 4,000 native trees, not counting the numerous ornamental trees around the farm itself.
These initiatives, together, have made Casaria the only private Italian farm to enter the AGFORWARDproject (AGroFORestry that Will Advance Rural Development) financed by the EU, becoming one of the founding companies and operational headquarters of the AIAF(Italian Agroforestry Association).
In 2015, the farm began its conversion to organic growing, an ethical choice motivated by respect for nature and people: humble, sustainable farming, where the prerogative is to take care of the land and thanks to its gifts, to men and women.A genuine lifestyle choice that guaranteed the whole production “BIO” certification from ICEA, from October 2017.
There have been significant investments in buildings too:The small house alongside the old barn, the main farmhouse (which will soon be developed as part of an accessible tourism project), and the old houses for the workers have been completely renovated over the years, giving them a whole new look, although in keeping with traditional local architecture. A much-needed renovation, but always totally eco sustainable, as seen through the use of materials with a low environmental impact and the installation of photovoltaic panels on the barn and large warehouse.
Today, not only does Casaria keep its original entrepreneurial, innovative spirit alive, it continues to strengthen it with the young ideas and dynamism of Lorenza’s two sons, Giovanni and Stefano, who have recently joined the business.
The first chapters in Casaria’s story have been written. There are still many more to finish and perhaps, experience together.