We have been practicing organic farming since 1994, when our company was first certified according to E.U. regulations. Since then, organic cultivation has become a force of habit, as well as a good technique for conserving the fertility of the soil for future generations.
Nowadays, organic farming is no longer seen as a return to tradition, but as something up to date, because it respects what contemporary society demands of the farmer: to produce with as little pollution as possible, to produce both healthier (through less chemical residues) and tastier food.
The leading principle of organic agriculture is the use of organic substances, whilst the use of synthetic substances is strictly forbidden. Legislation is of course far more complex than one can imagine, and is continually evolving. Let us not forget that it is still not a perfect system, but is continually evolving.
We started experimenting with biodynamic preparations in 2008, because we realized the need to increase fertility of the soil and to bring back the correct balance between soil, plants and productivity. The main aim of biodynamic farming is to restore to the soil what has been taken away through the practice of modern farming, which is unspontaneous and unnatural. Put simply, of fundamental importance in biodynamic farming is the nurturing of plants through the nurturing of the soil. This often entails the use of microorganisms produced with refined, yet ancient techniques.
Hence, we use Preparation 500, or cow horn manure, which is produced with cow manure matured for six months under anaerobic conditions, 70 cm underground. Once dynamized to activate microorganisms, Preparation 500 is sprayed on the soil. Microorganisms are literally “sown”, reproducing exponentially and increasing the fertility of the soil. An increase in worms is clearly visible, showing maximum richness of the soil.
Extra help to the plants can be provided with Preparation 501, or cow horn silica. Ground quartz is activated by dynamisation in water, and sprayed on the plant to enhance photosynthesis of the leaves and increase the plant’s energy.
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