Our polyculture is mainly based on two varieties of oranges, a blond called Navel and a crimson bloody variety called Tarocco. Those two citrus groves have an extension of nearly 2 ha, adjoining a grazing land and an abandoned olive grove, on a hill of 250 meters above sea level. Our cultivation methods came from the study of Permaculture Design mixed with regenerative agriculture and natural agriculture of Masanobu Fukuoka. We use strategies to cultivate stable and sustainable polycultures orange grove to produce fruit with a high level of nutrients while enhancing the stability of natural ecosystems. 

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 microorganisms, we aim to store carbon in the soil and water in the organic matter, 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. 

About us

We are located at the feet of the Etna Volcano, and it was here where we originated the idea of establishing an agriculture farm to support the future of our family. We decided to realize a farm project based on principles, values, and ethics. At that time, the needs were plenty, 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, to follow our way for a sustainable lifestyle. Since we were kids, we loved nature, and we found unacceptable that today's fruit we eat in the world link to environmental pollution and is not focused on humans and soil health. This means that all of the fruits and veggie marketed are contaminated by a pesticide and herbicide used for their cultivation. This process of farming and processing food, produce sea water pollution as well as create soil erosion and loss of fertility. From this analysis begin our journey towards the creation of a Permaculture farm project to maintain ecosystems integrity, to safeguard biodiversity and at the same time produce fruit with high nutrients.

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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