Our History

  • 1990

    Everything began in 1900 with grandparents Mario and Martina Bianchi. They rented the holding and cultivated rice with the help of rice weeders. At that time there were water meadows which, with their small grooves where the water flowed even during winter time, ensured green grass for the dairy cows almost the whole year round. In 1962, Gianbattista Bianchi took over the running of the business. With the help of his wife Paola, he purchased the holding in 1970 and continued the family custom of traditional farming.

  • 1991

    In 1991, management passed on to Elena and Gianluigi. Together they are both firm supporters of the importance of farming that is “regenerative” for nature. They have devoted themselves to perfecting techniques based on the increase of organic matter, which contains the water, nutrients and cavities that determine the fertility of the lands in the long term. Cultivation takes place, therefore, on a multi-year rotation with alfalfa, rice, ryegrass and vetch, high protein peas, maize and barley, due to which the plants modify and form the soil. Amongst the first to do so in Pavia in the 90s, they decided to adhere to the E.E.C. directive no. 2078 that foresaw the “reduction of fertilizers and pesticides”, legislation that was in total accord with their practice of limiting the use of chemicals, in particular the immediate abandoning of glyphosate, the most well-known and commonly used in the world.



  • 2016

    On 2nd September 2016, Elena and Gianluigi decided to radically change their way of farming and inform the Region of Lombardy of their adherence to the ORGANIC FARMING cultivation method, E.E.C. Reg. no. 2092/91: to not use chemical fertilizers or synthetic pesticides.

  • 2017

    And that is how a new project was developed between Entrepreneurs and the University - thanks to rice; in 2017 a collaboration with the University of Milan – Università degli Studi di Milano began on the Department project RISO BIO SYSTEM, coordinated by the teacher Professor Bocchi and by the researcher Ms. Orlando B.S. from the Department of Environmental Science and Politics (see the article in the margin). The company also became a focus point for a study by a group of botanists, led by Prof. Graziano Rossi, a teacher from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Pavia. The studies carried out in the rice fields revealed the discovery of a rare vegetal species that is difficult to find: the Lindernia Procumbens which can now be observed widely in our rice fields. This plant is a Euroasiatic species, with a limited European distribution in central and southern Europe. This plant life however, which has usually only been found locally in small amounts (Lindernia procumbens is inserted in the attachment IV of the “Habitat” directive no. 92/43/E.E.C. and in attachment I of the Bern Convention).

  • 2019

    After two years of conversion, the harvest of October 2019 was finally organic. The land was revived; dragonflies could be seen and the sound of frogs croaking could be heard. Once more, there were tadpoles in the ditches and storks returned along with other various groups of birds that began to chirp around the farm. As the land was cultivated, nature began to come alive again. We live here, we love it and we can imagine a future for the next generations.

1991

Nel 1991 la direzione passa a Elena e Gianluigi che, fermi sostenitori dell’importanza di un’agricoltura “rigenerativa” per la natura, si dedicano al perfezionamento di tecniche basate sull’incremento della sostanza organica, un contenitore d’acqua, nutrienti e cavità che determinano la fertilità dei terreni nel lungo termine. La coltivazione viene, perciò, impostata secondo una rotazione pluriennale con erba medica, riso, erbai di loietto e veccia, pisello proteico, mais e orzo; per cui le piante modificano e formano il suolo. Tra i primi nella provincia di Pavia, negli anni ’90 decidono di aderire alla direttiva C.E.E. 2078 che prevedeva la “riduzione di concimi e fitofarmaci”, normativa in completa armonia con la loro policy di limitazione di componenti chimici, in particolare l’immediato abbandono del Glifosato, erbicida più conosciuto e utilizzato al mondo.

2016

Il 2 settembre 2016 Elena e Gianluigi decidono di cambiare radicalmente il loro modo di fare agricoltura e comunicano alla Regione Lombardia la loro adesione al metodo di coltivazione ad AGRICOLTURA BIOLOGICA REG. C.E.E., n 2092/91: non si utilizzano né concimi chimici né pesticidi di sintesi.

2017

È così che attorno al riso si costruisce un nuovo progetto tra Imprenditoria e Università; nel 2017 inizia una collaborazione con l’Università Statale di Milano per il progetto ministeriale RISO BIO SYSTEM coordinato dal docente Prof. Bocchi e dalla ricercatrice Dr.ssa Orlando Dipartimento Di Scienze e Politiche Ambientali (vedi articolo a margine). L’azienda diventa anche interesse di studio per un gruppo di botanici guidati dal Prof. Graziano Rossi, docente del Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra e dell’Ambiente dell’Università di Pavia. Gli studi effettuati nelle risaie riportano il ritrovamento di una specie vegetale rara e difficilmente osservabile: la Lindernia Procumbens che invece nelle nostre risaie è presente con una popolazione piuttosto ricca. Questa pianta è una specie Euroasiatica, con distribuzione europea limitata al centro e sud Europa, le popolazioni sono, tuttavia, sempre molto localizzate e di piccole dimensioni (Lindernia procumbens è inserita nell’allegato IV della direttiva “Habitat” 92/43/CEE e nell’allegato I della Convenzione di Berna).

2019

Dopo due anni di conversione, il raccolto dell’ottobre 2019 è finalmente biologico. La terra si rianima, rinascono le libellule, si sente il gracchiare delle rane, nei fossi si notano i girini, tornano le cicogne e gruppi di uccelli di vario tipo cinguettano. La natura riprende a vivere dove si coltiva, si abita, si ama e ci si immagina ancora un futuro per le prossime generazioni.

Our project

Our company’s organic rice fields contribute to the maintenance of the biodiversity and to the safekeeping of rare and endangered plants.

A GREATER BIODIVERSITY IN OUR DIET HAS A POSITIVE IMPACT ON OUR HEALTH.

Literature on the subject shows how biodiversity is both fundamental for the survival of the planet and how organic agronomic practices improve the land and water ecosystem on which the food production depends.

Our rice is cultivated in water that comes from the Roggia Grande river, which rises in Sant’Alessio con Vialone from specific springs. 

The company uses a well for irrigation.

 
 
Varieties produced:
risobio-carnaroli

ORGANIC CARNAROLI RICE

It doesn’t overcook, perfect for risotto.

risobio-baldo

ORGANIC BALDO RICE

It doesn’t overcook, perfect for risotto

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