The “In caminu” didactic farm, which combines tradition and innovation, aims to raise awareness about the agricultural firm and its land.
The goal is to offer a didactic experience mainly to guests staying in the farmhouse for a few days by supplying reception services, tasting sessions and guided and interactive tours in local farms and across the surrounding area.
“In caminu” is a journey to discover the Gallurese countryside, with its dry stone walls and its alternating Mediterranean scrubland hills and pastureland meadows.
“In caminu” is a journey amidst the Cannonau, Vermentino, Cagnulari, Muristellu, Caricagiola vineyards and through the Bosana and Tonda di Cagliari olive groves.
“In caminu” is a journey to discover the local river and dune landscapes.
“In caminu” aims to narrate the lifestyle of a land recently transformed by tourist development yet still hiding traces of human activity with its tafoni, its sacred area and tombs of giants, its country churches and its massive fortifications, built at the end of the nineteenth century to defend the Maddalena archipelago and the Sardinian coast.
The idea behind the “In caminu” didactic farm was born from the meeting between the Brescia-born entrepreneur Giovanni Comini, who owns the Tenuta Petra Bianca with his family, and Pietro Cuccu, an agronomist and the owner of a farmhouse located in the municipality of Tempio Pausania and called Liscia/Tanca Manna/Colti/Bona.
Their shared passion for the countryside, open spaces, physical work, the invaluable contact with plants and animals, attention and respect for the environment, for seeking productions aimed at healthy nutrition and for accommodation services led them to develop a complex and intriguing project which involves the two firms in a network which allows them to better develop the potential of the landscape, of their productions and of their accommodation services.
The shared objective aims towards a multi-functional form of agriculture including three central functions which concern relations with the area (environment, landscape), with the production (health and safety of food products, but also their qualitative diversification) and with the services (management of rural areas, knowledge of the land, accommodation).
A series of scheduled choices were made to pursue these goals, and involve: the constitution of a network between the two firms which, while maintaining their managerial autonomy based on their productive characteristics, provide their finished products (meat, wine, oil, honey, eggs, fruit and vegetables, mushrooms) to the Petra Bianca centre, where a farmhouse has been set up featuring areas for tasting sessions and for exhibiting and selling the products, as well as rooms for accommodation;
the conservation and improvement of biodiversity; production cycles in accordance with the organic method (the two farms follow the criteria set by the “SUOLO E SALUTE” monitoring and certification body); the valorisation and recovery of elements of the landscape, including shrubs and trees and the typical stone walls. All activities aim to safeguard and improve the agricultural landscape and to conserve both natural and semi-natural elements capable of promoting the maintenance of self-regulation capacities of the agricultural ecosystems, including dry stone walls, i.e. elements capable of filtering, buffering and conserving the quality of the environment and, more in detail, of safeguarding the activities of vegetal and animal organisms living the dry stone wall ecosystems, since these are “shelter areas” for the natural enemies of cultivation parasites; agricultural productions aimed to obtain quality products to be supplied and sold in the farmhouse; didactics aimed at raising awareness of the farm activities and of local naturalistic, historical and cultural itineraries.