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What the Italians do so well by Susannah Pate, South Powrie Farm

12th October 2015

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If Prince Charles opts to stay in an agriturismo over a royal suite this Italian paragon must be doing something pretty good. Prince or pauper, it’s difficult to resist the charm and wholesomeness of eating food that you can see grown and reared outside your window, and not least when its story has been so passionately told by they who nurtured it. That is what the Italians do so well - tell the story, and bring it to life, and as Sandra from Il Casale, one of the inspirational agriturismos we visited, says, ‘food is so special

 

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My views on Italian Agritourism by Neil Picken, Solway View Holidays

9th October 2015

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The trip to Tuscany was very well organised by Go Rural and everybody gelled very quickly (nothing to do with the car journeys).

The growth in Agritourism in Italy is primarily due to the policy makers being 100%  behind the concept. In the early 1970’s there were 40 Agritourism businesses in Umbria and now there are near to 2000.  The grant funding and support offered in Italy, has help to stop the de-population of the countryside.  This round of SRDP grants are only being considered for existing Agritourism businesses to enhance and improve their business.  This effectively demonstrates our policy makers are not encouraging new entrants to the Agriculture sector.  

 

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NIGHT MARKET AT PEEL TO TOAST VIBRANT AGRITOURISM SECTOR

12th August 2015

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Peel Farm, near Kirriemuir, held a fantastic food & drink event on Thursday 20th August.  The evening, which  included activities for all the family focussed on showcasing some of Peel Farm Shop’s produce at a Taste of Angus BBQ using Peel Farm’s own highland beef, as well as a nature tour, jam and pancake making and an opportunity to sample some of Gin Bothys new ranges created in the Bothy at Peel Farm

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Hiring - Part-time PR and Content Executive

6th August 2015

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Go Rural wish to recruit a part-time PR and Content Executive.

This role will focus on high quality consumer content but will also have some requirement for B2B content.

Full details can be found here Go Rural PR and Content Executive.doc

Closing date is 18th August. Further information can be obtained from Sheena Howden, Business Manager, sheena@goruralforbusiness.com or 01382 320 777.

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Forthcoming 2015 International Learning Journey

29th July 2015

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FOCUS - FARMING : FOOD : TOURISM : AGRITOURISM

Following a successful learning journey to Tuscany and Umbria in September 2014 with a group of UK business owners and managers, Caroline Millar is once again leading a Learning Journey to Italy. Caroline undertook her Nuffield Schol-arship research in Tuscany in 2012 and has visited the region several times since, building up close relationships with key people involved in farming and tourism.

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