Organic: a lifestyle choice

Sustainability and safeguarding the environment

The Orto’s organic crops derive from a production system based on respect for the seasons and management of natural balances – aimed at limiting the depletion of soil, water and air resources – making the harvest unique and rich in biodiversity. By adopting a technique that has governed traditional agricultural production for centuries – crop rotation – one can safeguard, in the medium and long term, both the farm’s production requirements and the soil’s capacity for self-generating fertility and structure, assuring a model of development that will endure over time.

Organic agriculture

Running an organic market garden means growing seasonal vegetable species without the use of artificial chemicals. All the cultivation stages are, of course, carried out with “organic” methods that exploit the natural fertility of the soil and promote the biodiversity of the crops, based on respect for the alternation of the seasons. Here the crops are planted, fertilised and weeded using natural methods or manual techniques; weeds are pulled up manually or treated with natural products. At the Orto del Borro, as in the Estate itself, biodynamic farming techniques are applied in addition to the principles of classic organic agriculture.
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The Orto del Borro is constantly irrigated, to ensure the proper amount of water for the soil and the natural needs of the plants. Drip irrigation is used, which does not entail the addition of any liquid mineral fertilisers and allows water consumption to be limited. In keeping with a philosophy of the circular economy and the saving of resources, the water used for irrigation is collected directly from wells within the Estate.

The principal techniques of organic agriculture

One of the main tenets of organic farming is the protection of beneficial insects or “friendly insects”, as Vittoria likes to call them, which are bitter enemies of parasites and plant pests. The use of medicinal herbs is also fundamental, allowing the production of organic antiparasitic pesticides in the form of macerates or infusions, to fertilise, oxygenate and mineralise the soil. The practice of mulching is also widespread, consisting of covering the soil with hay or allowing it to become grassy, to protect it from jumps in temperature and to hinder the development of weeds. Lastly, crop rotation plays an essential role in limiting the growth of weeds and improving soil structure by making it more fertile.

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