Fabio Di Gioia
Fabio Di Gioia was born in Montelupo Fiorentino in February 1980, to a family characterized by a long and deep-rooted farming tradition.
In 1999 he graduated as an agricultural expert at the Agricultural Technical Institute in Florence and then enrolled in the Faculty of Agriculture.
During his university career he realizes the importance regarding the recovery and enhancement of ancient plant varieties, seeing in them not only a future prospect of work, but also the possibility that in them there can be a possible production especially linked to the aspect quality and the recovery of agricultural and food traditions.
For this reason, in 2007 he obtained the title of Doctor of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies with a thesis on "Recovery of the native germplasm of Garfagnana: morphological characterization of local varieties of chestnut preserved in situ".
In his post-university period, he made contact with a number of citizens, nurseries, associations and farmers of the Tuscan territory where he learned the practical experience on the recovery of local varieties. In the period from 2009 to 2010 he is a collaborator through a scholarship at the Agency of the Tuscany region for the Development and Innovation of the Agricultural and Forestry sector (ARSIA), where he deals with the management and activity of the germplasm bank of custodian growers for the preservation and enhancement of local varieties.
From 2010 to today, it has organized courses and seminars on good practices of conservation and cultivation of ancient plant varieties both in the herbaceous and horticultural field and in the tree and fruit sector.
The main purpose of his work is mainly to recover local varieties and be able to reinsert them in an agricultural and productive context, towards all those like farms who believe more and more in the potential of this sector.