In the territory of Centuripe, in Sicily in 2013, it came up the idea of establishing a farm for our family. We wanted to realize a farm project based on principles, values, and ethics. The needs were a lot, and the point was that we wanted to bring back what was once soil cultivation and conservation, and respect for the earth. After discovering permaculture design science, in 2013 we decided to buy a piece of land to begin a new adventure, following our way for a sustainable lifestyle. We have been loving Nature since we were kids and we found unacceptable that today's fruit we eat in the world link to environmental pollution and is not focused on humans health. This means that all of the fruit and veggie marketed, are contaminated by a pesticide used for their growing. This process of farming and processing food, produce waste and pollution, creating soil erosion and loss of fertility. From this analysis begin our journey towards the creation of a Permaculture farm project, where the ecological ecosystems of that land will give us an abundance of food. Maintaining ecosystems integrity, struggling against the looting of the environment, respecting the animals and safeguard biodiversity are our priorities, and today we are happy to share this path with people.


We have two varieties, a blond orange called Navel and a crimson bloody variety called Tarocco. These two citrus groves have an extension of nearly 1.5 ha, adjoining with a grazing land, an abandoned olive grove. Only a small part is close to a conventional citrus grove. Our cultivation methods came from the study of Permaculture, an ethical design science. We apply design processes to realize stable and sustainable life models which help to manage landscapes for cultivation that meets the needs of the people such as food, energy, residence, wealth, and stability of natural ecosystems. Further, we apply practices and principles of regenerative agriculture, which look after at the topsoil and biodiversity. Through the no-till, integrated pest management, composting and inoculation of beneficial microorganism. We aim to store carbon in the plant and water in the soil, to reverse land degradation and improve fertility. In that way, we grow healthy plants to get high-quality fruit for humans and the environment, reducing greenhouse gas emission in the atmosphere.



Partnership

We are active members of the Italian Institute of Permaculture (www.permaculturaitalia.net) and our property is a branch of it in Sicily. Pietro Zucchetti is our supported instructor of PRI Australia that granted us the 72 hours PDC. Supporting some of the activities of the Institute and other projects developing in Italy, we offer our contribution in terms of Permaculture Design and real applications. Our learning pathway with the Permaculture Association UK, to get the diploma in Applied Permaculture Design, is providing us the opportunity to improve our projects and that of others. .


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