A one evening long event to communicate and inform in a tangible way about the critical impact of food biodiversity on human and environment’s health; and to engage people in spreading the word and share information (and seeds) with people who were not at the venue.
We identified and involved local fruit producers, who were keeping special local fruit species of historical origin and highly locally adapted. These local fruit varieties, of species almost not cultivated anymore (which go under the names of “mela spiatlaza”, “mela ghiacciata”, “pera mora”, etc) were exhibited and offered at the venue for people to eat and taste them, to enrich the taste range that some really different apples can provide.
“I didn’t know these lost species tasted so good. I’m going to send a bunch of seeds to my cousin”
Informational panels inform about the overall importance of this diversity, on the role of the seeds for the spread and adaptation process of plants, on how to keep vital seeds from eaten fruits, and on how to grow these seeds. All these information, along with pre-prepared and packaged seeds of the local species, were available for visitors to be shared with friends via mail letters.
All the local fruits provided for tasting has been eaten up at the venue, indicating that different (and local) kind of apples and pears are quite good to eat too.
What are the most locally adapted edible plant species in your area?
Design team: Francesco Bagni, Giovanni Giacomelli, Emiliano Prampolini, Chiara Valli
Graphic design: Chiara Valli
Too Design Consultancy