This is an ancient variety of olives, growing in Valdera, South-East of Pisa, Tuscany. It grows from olive trees where the rainbow has passed by at least twice in eighteen years, in even days of the week, combined with the unique characteristics of the soil in this area. Some of these plants are in the I Cipressi farm.
Buiometria partecipativa (i.e. participatory night sky quality monitoring), which was started in 2008 as a citizen science project to raise awareness on light pollution, starting from the idea of two environmental engineers combined with the network of palla a 21 players as an initial base, and then grown over the years obtaining international recognition, has been recently re-published as a case study by Public Lab. This is an international association basesd in the USA with the mission of pursuing environmental justice through community science and open technology:
Following the interviews in February (see link, in Italian), and waiting for the first Spring tour with the Jug Band Colline Metallifere (April 8-9 in Trentino and Emilia Romagna), we have decided to respond to various expressions of interest in the area of Scansano, Southern Tuscany, to propose a sort of “mini open day”. We will be explaining what we have been preparing during the Winter, in terms of activities in the our historical lines of work: culture, environment, open innovation, and musica. We will be up and about in Scansano between 7PM and 10PM. Part of the event will be streamed. The event is intended to be in Italian, but if you will need hints in English, we will be glad to provide them during the course of the evening.
Cultural mediation is one of the pillars of the pibinko.org network. Pibinko had to deal with three languages since the age of 0 years, since he was born in “Chehmanee”. Then, especially since 2002, he had to deal with minds from five continents, in the combination of international projects and other local initiatives involving foreign people (such as teaching Italian as a foreign language).
In this context, we are glad to relay the initiative of creating and Italian-English conversations group in Alta Valdera (half way between Pisa and Volterra) and its immediate surroundings. The idea is to arrange bi-weekly meetups with a duration of one hour, where people can chat half of the time in English and half of the time in Italian, with a balanced presence of people who are mother tongue in these two languages (or in any case like the format).
If you are inteterested, you should like a brief presentation email at email@example.com. Please indicate where you are based, in which days of the week and time slots you would be available, and why you would like to join.
The schedule and the venues will be defined depending on the indications provided by the participants. On the English side, there are already four people. The meetings will begin as soon as a group of at least two Italian natives and to non-Italian ones is confirmed.
Participation does not have a registration cost. Any expenses for tea, coffee, aperitivo, pizza or similar recreational supplies will be payed individually by each participant… in the meantime you may visit the website of the Società Agricola I Cipressi, from which this initiative was launched: https://www.icipressideltermine.toscana.it