Richard's tips for creating your own snail farm.
PICTURE: CHRISTINA BOLLEN / GETTY Richard's tips for creating your own snail farm DURING his visit to Cherasco's snail breeding academy, Richard learned some of the basics of snail farming.
The first step is to dig a 40cm-deep ditch around the enclosure and, within this, erect an external "fence" with a plastic or fibreglass base.
This stops intruders, such as mice, from disturbing the snails. It also keep "wild" snails out.
Next, pens need to be built for the snails. Each are around 4.5m x 3.5m and are encircled by plastic net fencing.
"Each pen is split in two - 40% for breeding and 60% for growing and fattening," said Richard.
For snail food, the edge of the pen is sown with white clover, followed by chicory, beets or brassicas such as chard.
The first sowing, in the breeding area, is in March and the remainder in July.
"It's a diet they like and it makes for top quality snails!" he added.