In June 2013 Il Cantiere della Provvidenza began cultivating silkworms in a former wine store in the town of Santa Giustina, creating a mountage (around 20,000 silkworms) using the mulberry plants available in the area as food for the sericulture.
The aim was to build a modern sericulture process, to create new opportunities for the region with high added value in labor, economic, social and agricultural/environmental terms. Empowered by an unflagging spirit of discovery Il Cantiere del Baco has had excellent results.
As of the end of October 2014 the Workshop has been an integral part of the “The Venice Silk Road Renaissance Project” business network, which is co-financed by the Veneto Region. The project received an award in Brussels in April 2015 at the Grow Your Region Conference.
After the first years of experimentation, the activities of the Silkworm Workshop have currently been transferred to Badilet, to our Organic Farm, a location more suited to the demands of a sector that continues to grow. Here it is possible to attend the teaching sessions organized during the growth period of the silkworms.
In 2016, as a way of further promoting the self-sustaining economic projects which include the mulberry sericulture both in our region and on a national scale we have also been part of the establishment of the AIG, the Italian Association of Mulberry Sericulture.
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For further information about our activity, or on the educational seminars at the Silkworm Workshop or for the “Silkworms for Students” educational course in schools you can contact the Workshop’s representativeEric Van Monckhoven on +39 331 2068969