A theme on nutrition is very important in promoting an effective, diffused and active safeguard of the population's health and as such requires a daily commitment to effectively and concretely improving the quality of life. The importance of alimentary education, as also that of wellness and awareness, is far more extensive than the current interest in the theme which, at times, is only dietary, normative knowledge following the "logic of prohibitions." The alimentary educational programme of the Piedmont Region, in fact, is based on an all-comprehensive programme of studies (from farming to history, diets to psychology, and anthropology to commodities) so as to help consumers look for and find pleasure in dealing with nutrition.
The programme's main objective is to promote the knowledge of farming and more specifically of the agri-food system through the comprehension of the existing relationships between production systems, food consumption and protection of the environment, in order to:
The didactic farms are those farmsteads that are adequately equipped and prepared to receive students, groups, families and all those who wish to deepen their knowledge on farming activities, the cycles of food production, animals and vegetables, and the professional and social role of farmers, and to educate people regarding consumption and respect for the environment, with a practical learning concept, based on observation and discovery.
The qualified organisations and specifically trained operators are part of the regional list of didactic farms that offer visitors the chance to come in contact with farming in its numerous aspects: business, technology, culture, livestock farming and production of goods and services, in a balanced relationship with the cycles of nature and the environment following the sustainability model.
The didactic farms are therefore a "showcase for the concept of agriculture, and create through their contact with schools, a network of relationships between producers and young consumers who can rediscover the identity, and cultural and ecological values of agriculture and the rural world.