Rice field margins
The Cassinazza evolution began in the mid-90s’, with an extensive application of the agro-environmental policies, creating woods and wetlands instead of seeding crops for at least 20 years on entire plots of land. In the following years, the change in the agro-environmental scenarios has suggested the idea to integrate crop cultivation with agro-environment elements. The decision was to limit the cultivation to the marginal lands, turning them into “rice field margin” with a width variable between 15 and 30 meters.
These marginal fields are rich in complex and integrated elements formed by little woods, flowers, grasslands and wetlands. This context allows to concentrate different ecosystems in a relative small area, enriched also by several ecotones (intermediate spaces between two ecosystems) and to rapidly develop plant and animal related biodiversity.
Therefore, the agro-environment areas occupy only 10-15% of the entire company lands, bringing naturalistic and landscape advantages that can be easily observed in the Cassinazza ecosystem, and potentially replicable in many other cases.