Romano had learned those good agricultural practices as part of an ancient way of taking care of land and he followed that pathway. At the age of twenty he married the daughter of an artisan from Reggio Emilia whom he falls in love with at a dance party. Since that evening, they never left. Laila today takes care of the budgeting and control of the farm. They had two children, Marco and Andrea. The Gherpellis are a family of workers, artisans and artists, storytellers, musicians, poets, actors, While working in the fields, songs, stories, comedies, poems, plays often come to life. The so-called Galoun, as they are nicknamed for their big thighs, are a honest, healthy family, with ancient values, respected and respectful towards anyone.
Of the Romano’s sons, Marco graduated in classical guitar at the conservatory, although today he is IT Manager a a multinational based in Milan. But he still keeps writing songs that sooner or later will see the light.
After graduating in Management Engineering at Alma Mater in Bologna and a scholarship won at the “Silvio D’Amico” Academy of Dramatic Arts in Rome, Andrea is committed to many theater tours, television and film productions as an actor. But he never leaves his beloved fields and re-sows the local grains: spelled, corn, hemp, legumes such as chickpeas. He still produces those foods that always kept all Galoun healthy and robust for his great-grandfather Giovita times. Andrea is now a guardian farmer with the mission of keeping safe ancient varieties of cereals. Thanks to the help of Gino, a mechanic, and Angelo, a carpenter, equipment such as old fans and rewinds have been restarted. He follows training programs in organic, regenerative and biodynamic agriculture in order to combine and contaminate innovative elements with those good ancient agricultural practices. Together with his beloved partner, Elena Luce, Andrea Libero is continuing to passionately produce products as result of a 4-generations experience of stubborn and hard work in sustainable and ecological agriculture.
Today, as many years ago, we continue to cultivate, but also to write, play and cook, we raise animals, raise children and eat together at the table.
“Casa Vecchia” takes care of cereals cultivated under careful supervision and followed throughout growth and maturation. The ancient and innovative passion of Andrea Libero and Elena Luce is transforming “Casa Vecchia” into “Agricoltori Custodi”.
Land, cultivation and healthy food are absolute values and we take care of them.