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Hi, I'm Dario.

A market gardener, scientist and educator. 

I like to work at the interface of different fields, such as ecosystem dynamics, plant physiology, soil microbiology, human wellbeing and nutrition. 

I am committed to sharing my experience openly with anyone who is interested in regenerative and simple living, food growing and community resilience.

In my day-to-day, I explore ways to manage thriving and productive gardens and farms by mindfully engaging with natural processes.

This involves running a market garden, teaching courses, training volunteers, giving talks and consulting for private, community and commercial food growing projects.

My journey
My journey

I grew up in Sicily, then moved to Rome in 2007 to study Physics. During my university years I lived in Lyon and San Diego, where I specialised in Theoretical Physics and Fluid Dynamics. 

​In 2013 I moved to Bristol for a Ph.D. on the Nonlinear Dynamics of Active Fluids. That year I also met Flavia and my life took a wild turn for which I am immensely grateful.

In Bristol I also studied as a horticulturist at the University of Bristol Botanic Gardens, obtaining qualifications from the Royal Horticultural Society.​

After training as a secondary school teacher, I collaborated on the Woodland Academy - a research project that involved introducing children to outdoor education in a woodland setting.

In 2017 I moved to Exeter, where I taught Physics and Electronics in school, and then worked as researcher at the Living Systems Institute, focusing on the biophysics of swimming microorganisms.

In 2020, I co-founded Living Soil Garden, a 1/2 acre regenerative no-dig market garden in Exeter. There we ran a CSA, taught courses on Regenerative Horticulture, No-Dig gardening, Soil fertility and more. 

In 2023 I moved to Florence, to co-found a regenerative syntropic market garden: Ortoforesta.


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