Our Organic Products

THE CROP ROTATION
is the basis on which our organic farming is founded.

After years of organic farming we are able to demonstrate how successful faming with the grain of nature is, using the cycling of farm resources together with natural processes while at the same time respecting the environment. A well planned crop rotation is the essential foundation of a sustainable organic system which, as well as enhancing the landscape, also serves the needs of the industry.

The cycle starts with 3 years of Lucerne which is cut four times per year for green fodder and hay. Lucerne fixes nitrogen and is deeply rooted. Through frequent cutting, unwanted arable weeds are controlled before they shed seeds preventing weed problems in later crops. Durum wheat for pasta making in the fourth year is followed by an application of farm-yard manure to the stubble.  The demanding crops such as field vegetables and tomatoes are grown in the fifth year. A mixed fodder crop (peas, vetch and oats) follows in the sixth year, followed by winter wheat.


The positive effect of this rotation is most evident in the healthy and strong vegetable and tomato crops that are grown with at least 7/8 year intervals in the rotation. With this interval, diseases and insects disappear because no susceptible plants are present. Conservation tillage helps sustain soil fertility and protects soil humus. In addition, deep rooted crops enrich the soil with nitrogen and thus provide following crops with this precious nutrient.


We prevent parasites
In organic farming, the protection of crops against fungal and viral diseases and against weeds and pests relies on the integration of a good selection of plant varieties, crop husbandry, minimised fertilisation and crop rotation.
Nature itself often deals with pest problems through self-regulation when a careful and measured approach is taken. This is best illustrated by greenfly which breed very quickly in early summer and against which nature provides an effective opponent in the form of ladybirds and their larvae which eat the greenfly in large numbers. Hence insects are useful and provide a natural balance in the eco-system is maintained.


We make the land fertile

Conservation tillage helps sustain soil fertility and protects soil humus. Using composting, we conserve valuable humus. We use straw rich manure from housed cattle to fertilise fields. We use field beans which decompose in the winter and are worked into the soil in spring. In addition, deep rooted crops such as clover and Lucerne enrich soils contributing to the maintenance  of the micro-organisms in the soil.