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Cleaning, hoeing and topping the plants.

The summer season tmeant long hours in the fields, tiring, back breaking manual labor: consàr-fertalize , dar tera-hoe, simàr,-top the plants, rebutàr.r. . Women did most of the care for the plants, bringing children to the fields so they could help. Neighbors often shared laabor, working together, especially during the critical phases of production. Some women would come from the other side of the Brenta, where the soil was less fertile and rockier, thy would exchange labor for food, rarely currency was earned. Parcels of land were close together and near home so tools could be carried daily as needed. Thre were also 'casoti' where shovels, pitchforks and spades were stored.

Rhymes in Veneto dialect that tell what work is to be done for festivities:

A San Ghitan via la sapa da’e man

San Gaeton is when you put away the spade,

A San Rocco via l fiòco

San Rocco is when the plants need to be topped

“ You had to use the spade to move the soil around the roots, four times to have just the right amount of dirt, so just a little hole remained in the center. A little bit for each plant... you used the hoe when the plants were big and beautiful, A San Gaeton – (7 August) time to stop hoeing, When the plants have 8 or 10 large leaves and the flower at the top is removed. At San Rocco (16 August) 'via il fioco' , between the leaves a new sprout grew that had to be removed one by one.”

(Giuseppina C, Sasso Stefani 2001)


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