Contadino/Farmer?

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Contadino/Farmer?

Postby jamiecapaldi » 15 Jan 2011, 19:53

Hello, can someone give me an idea of what type of things people were Farming in small Villages around Cassino, Frosinone in mid 1800's Please?
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Re: Contadino/Farmer?

Postby Italysearcher » 16 Jan 2011, 08:48

While the word contadino translates as farmer, I have found it to mean more precisely 'subsisting off the land' and **SPAM** the excess.
Of course farmed in a bigger way but the majority of emigrants did not which is why they left.
They raised what they needed to survive. In this area there are crops for most of the year due to the relatively mild climate. So, vegetables, grain such as corn (for the chickens) fruit trees, olive trees for oil, chestnut trees (also used as flour) grapes for wine. Much of the land is mountainous so olive trees are plentiful as they do well on the mountain sides, as do grapes.
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Re: Contadino/Farmer?

Postby donnawright » 18 Jan 2011, 15:33

That's a really nice reply, Anne. Thanks. I enjoyed it
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Re: Contadino/Farmer?

Postby jamiecapaldi » 18 Jan 2011, 19:34

Sorry Ann, i missed your post!

Thanks for the reply, good description. Did any Farmers have Cattle or Goats, etc?

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Re: Contadino/Farmer?

Postby Italysearcher » 19 Jan 2011, 10:10

According to the 1808 census in Sora, my husbands ancestor owned 31 sheep and goats and a number of chestnut trees. No horses though.
Pigs were more commonly part of the 'farm' as they eat anything (like goats) and don't require a lot of space. A cow requires grazing ground, hay during the winter, with a limited amount of land for growing crops cattle weren't as attractive as pigs. You can use or eat everything on a pig, from its feet to its ears. Its fat can be turned into lard for cooking, the meat can be cured much more easily than beef (procciutto) and sausages can be prepared using the cleaned intestines then cured or dried. Sheep will graze on poor grass but cows will not so sheep would be raised both for milk for cheese and their meat.
This of course refers to the South not the areas in the north around Parma where cattle were more common.
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Re: Contadino/Farmer?

Postby jamiecapaldi » 19 Jan 2011, 10:19

Ann, thank you for your input on this.
I recently over the last 2 years have taken over the Family Business of Meat Trading, and always wondered if the Family back in San Michele, Cassino ever had something similar, as they were all Farmers. The trade has also been in 3 generations.

Thanks again, Jamie
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