The Living Lab La Vigna, named “The Ortobook”, is a place where stakeholders cooperate to improve knowledge about CRFS and ecosystem, to share thoughts and ideas to co define a path towards innovation in the CRFS and where initiatives to raise awareness of consumers towards more sustainable choices. It is also a place where experts meet and promote trainings events for both food relevant stakeholders, potential start-uppers, and general public.
The Ortobook is a place where it is possible to cultivate knowledge and prompt the culture of open innovation to improve urban and region food system.
The International Library is an Institute of documentation specialized in agricultural and rural world culture studies. It was founded 40 years ago thanks to the successful intuition of Demetrio Zaccaria, an entrepreneur from Vicenza who got fond of collecting books about viticulture, agriculture and enology in the 1950s.
The Library conserves more than 62.000 books (some of them dated back to ‘400) on food, wine and agriculture. It represents a real-life LIVING LAB where citizens meet researchers, where knowledge is preserved and developed to prompt open thinking and establish an open innovation environment. Here researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens meet to share knowledge and increase skills to develop a more sustainable food ecosystem. The Library is currently managing agricultural and food business archives, to promote awareness and knowledge events about food sustainability, history, and healthy diet and nutrition; among the most interesting project that La Vigna is developing we find:
– the promotion of capacity building and training activities;
- the onboarding of international member, companies and organizations to co create and share new knowledge in the field of Food system;
- the systematization of several archives and in particular the archive of seeds coming from the Institute of Genetics and Agricultural Experimentation "N. Strampelli”.
This last initiative is of huge value in the prospect to enable innovation in the food arena. Since its foundation has operated in the field of genetic improvement of various agricultural species, in particular constituting some vitreous grain hybrids of corn, such as Italo 225 and Italo 270 (Italy - Lonigo) and numerous varieties of soft wheat such as Lucciola, Leopardo, Lampo, Lontra, Libellula (variety of the "L" - Lonigo series). The latter have been cultivated since the 1960s throughout the country, in Eastern European countries and in China, over a total area of over a few million hectares over the years. The Institute has taken steps to preserve some of the most widespread populations and old varieties of corn and soft wheat present in the Veneto Region, setting up a Germplasm Bank dedicated to cereals, among the most important at national level. La Vigna considers these initiatives important, as they have the potential to enhance some of the most strongly rooted typical productions in our territory, while ensuring the conservation in the environment of selection and adaptation, of a genetic diversity that must be considered, in all respects, a "common heritage" to be preserved for future generations.
We, at La Vigna, are convinced that knowledge can lead innovation, that tradition and history can inspire new sustainable solutions in the food sector: this is the reason why our commitment means preserving and promoting know-hows, studies, and research in the food sector and speaking to the next generation.