The traditional kitchen gardens on the estate are currently being restored with the help of horticulture professionals from Italy and abroad. We also welcomed our first interns from the University of Arizona to Gangivecchio for a two-month Agricoltura Biologica Internship in May of 2008.
The larger agricultural plan for 2008-2012 is focused on gaining certification as 100% Biologica (Organic) for all food crops, including wine and olive oil.
The Gangivecchio estate and surrounding area are classrooms of the highest order for those interested in organic gardening and the rich, native flora of the countryside. Olive and hazelnut trees abound and an effort to restore the viticulture tradition of the estate is underway.
Plant walks and nature hikes for small groups of Gangivecchio guests can be scheduled in advance.
The one-kilometer long nature trail known as "Il Sentiero Dell'Alloro" (The Laurel Trail) was developed by former Gangivecchio residents Charlie and Shirley Sacamano and our 2008 interns and is a highlight for many of our guests. The trail follows a clear, spring-fed stream through woodlands rich in native plant species. It is a perfect place to experience Sicily's complex natural heritage, do a bit of bird watching, and simply enjoy nature in a tranquil sanctuary of great beauty. Picnic lunches are available on request!
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