Local farmer attends international conference, tours northern Italy

The view from the
Sinn family’s bio-certified vineyard near Bolzano, Italy. The Dolomites are visible in the background.

Pontiac farmer and agriculture advocate David Gillespie recently returned to the Pontiac after nearly two weeks in Italy, where he toured local farms and gave a presentation at an international agritourism conference.
Nestled in the mountains in the top end of the boot, Bolzano is the home of Eurac, a private research facility that studies a wide range of topics. The facility hosted the First World Congress on Agritourism from Nov. 7-9, bringing together researchers and stakeholders from 42 countries to discuss the issue.
“I spoke about the CANAMEX trail,” Gillespie explained. “There were a lot of PhDs there, and I’m not a PhD, I’m just a farmer so it was a little intimidating but in the end I could pull my weight as much as anyone else.”

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