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A Lesson in Biodiversity

Students in Professor Peter Fischer’s History and Culture of Food class were treated to a day at a Tuscan farm specializing in biodiversity. Students headed to the small Tuscan village of Montespertoli and spent time at the Poggio Antico farm. The community at Poggio Antico use a diversity of plants in order to balance each other out. They concentrate on the harmony between their crops, planets and sun signs and plant certain crops at certain times according to the sun and the stars. After a brief tour and introduction to the bio diverse farm, students were able to taste some of the products. A large spread of cheeses, yogurts and milk was easily finished quickly. The rest of the day was spent dining on a typical Tuscan meal.

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