We are blessed to be living on an island with one of the highest rates of biodiversity in the Mediterranean and we have a responsibility to transfer the respect for this biodiversity into modern farming. If not increasing this diversity at least maintaining it by farming with nature in mind, not only focused on the market. Approaching farming in this holistic way pushes you to look at your farm from a different perspective where quality of your produce and health of your land becomes more important than the quantity of produce you sell.
Carlin Petrin, Slow Food Founder June 2021
Combining Traditional Farming with Regenerative Agricolture
The traditional approach to farming means that we start by planting a seed and growing wild roots which then form the strongest possible basis in which to graft the most suitable variety of fruit tree for your region. The challenge was not to produce high volumes quickly but ensure the highest quality over the long term. Like in our Adoption Program.
Combining traditional farming and regenerative farming allows us to adapt in critical times, times where re-wilding becomes necessary, while keeping the traditional rules alive. We farm out of choice and the produce we offer have strong connections with us, this land and obviously this great island’s history.
Sicily’s climate is ideal for citrus. We focus on moving away from the monoculture approach and promote diversity of citrus trees looking at ancient varieties which form part of the past of this Island.
Spontaneus Aromatic Herbs
Where the herbs decide to grow is where they are the happiest and will produce the best essential oil. We don’t grow them we just harvest them.
The Carobs Forest
The carob tree might well be the most ancient resident of this island. In our hills it is one of the largest threes, a majestic, evergreen, beautiful tree baring incredible fruits. We recently planted 300 of them to reforest our hills.
Almonds and Almonds
Sicily and almonds share a story since at least 800B.C. This three found its perfect habitat here. On our Farm we have 3 different ancient varieties.
Roots and Communities
First and foremost, food grows in any place, good food however is always the combination of a set of factors. As farmers we understand that forcing nature in one direction does not work and that is a fact. Our role has evolved, and it is our responsibility to seek to understand all these factors and combine them in the search for a new healthy balance, a sustainable balance.
The right way is often closer than we might think and that is where we see that traditional and ancient practices still have a lot to offer us in this modern world we live in today.
“The balance of Nature is not a status quo; it is fluid, ever shifting in a constant state of adjustment. Man too, is part of this balance”
Rachel Carson. “Silent Spring”, 1962