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Of all the projects on our organic farm at Tenuta Le Mandorlaie, the addition of bees was always one we were looking forward to, we also realised that it is a big responsibility to look after bee families and keep them healthy so they can thrive and be an asset to our environment. In order to start beekeeping in Tuscany we felt that we wanted to have some formal training and luckily throughout Italy there are many beekeeping associations offering training and support to their members. Through these organizations you get to meet as social groups and to have access to mentors who can assist you in your

What farm jobs in Tuscany are we going to work on next? Every month is busy, but those leading up to the harvest of the grapes and the harvest of the olives are the hardest, there is lots of preparation in order to make these tasks go smoothly. Now that the harvests are successfully behind us, we move onto getting other time specific projects completed, these are mostly relating to trees, vines or soil, so here goes, what will we be looking to achieve over the coming 3 months. Normally for these tasks we try to accomplish them just using us, the two resources on the farm, but it may

As a small organic farm in Maremma Tuscany we need to continually look at ways to support our farms income, whether that be via the creation of olive oil or the growing of grapes to make wine or planting and growing vegetables to be used in the farm kitchen and thus reduce our food expenses through to preserving water and the creation of energy via our solar PV panels and battery storage solution. Vineyard application As we were able to apply to plant a new vineyard area, we did so, it was complex and in the end took over 6 months before we knew if we had been authorized to

At Tenuta Le Mandorlaie we have wanted to remove ourselves from the plastic bottle loop for some time, recently we decided to invest in a Shurity reverse osmosis system that would help us do this. One of the worst items of waste that here in Italy we cant seem to reduce has been the plastic water bottles, purchase to provide drinking water, even though the water from the tap is good for drinking, it seems that many, if not all would rather pay for their water and have it delivered in plastic bottles. Reverse Osmosis system, from Shurity Italia When looking for a system we found the Shurity Oklahoma that ensured

Buy IGP Olive Oil Toscana online We are looking forward to harvesting our olives this year, allowing us to create IGP Olive Oil Toscana, however it has been a tough year for our trees along with all who are suffering from the climate change that is affecting us all whether you are a farmer or infact in any industry, here in Maremma Tuscany we had extended periods of heat and very little rain, at one point for over 4 months. The rain arrived in Maremma, just in time However, we were very fortunate that rain did arrive at the right time and ensured that we would be able to deliver another

At Tenuta Le Mandoralie our Extra Virgin Olive oil, also known as EVOO is created exclusively from the first, cold press which is performed within 6 to 12 hours of harvesting,  our olives are crushed into an olive pulp using only mechanical force in a water cooled high tech olive oil machine press. So what is the difference between Virgin Olive Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil? We are often asked what is the difference between Virgin Olive Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil? Olives destined to become Extra Virgin Olive Oil are cold pressed crushed while maintaining a temperature of less than 27 C (80.6 F) it then becomes

We love all our tree's and wanted to start documenting the trees on our property, and maybe even take some time out to feature some trees not on our property. The care of existing older trees is important for our environment, it is probably seen as more as important than planting new trees as old trees are already doing a massive job regarding caring for our environment. This weeks favorite tree So onto this weeks favorite tree, this beautiful olive tree can can be found in the North west corner of our home olive grove, it is an olive tree that is around 70 years old and 5 metres tall. It is

We live in a world where we are constantly consuming, because of this, and a growing population the re use of products purchased can really help the environment. When you are looking to be zero waste, it takes many decision on how you will support your life and business in a way that allows you to follow the principles of re use that we want to adhere to. Food packaging Over the past years we have worked hard to ensure that we buy our food with zero waste packaging, or at the minimum packaging we can re-cycle. We look at the stores we purchase from, and how they package and

Here at Tenuta Le Mandorlaie we all work hard all year towards a very special event that occurs in autumn, around this time of year, its the Vendemmia. So what is Vendemmia? The word, vendemmia is the Italian word for the grape harvest and Italians consider it historically from the latin word vinum (wine) e demia, (from demere, to take). If you are looking at visiting Tuscany in mid to late September then you will be right on time to view and possibly take part in the Vendemmia as many smaller farms including Tenuta Le Mandorlaie let you get up close and personal with the grape and vine work that

With the ever increasing cost of energy and our desire to create clean energy that we control, it was time to design and install a solar power system for Tenuta Le Mandorlaie. Why have a solar panel install to create our own energy? We have always had solar panel solutions on our previous homes, it was a way to both create green energy and also reduce our monthly outgoings which is a good as creating extra income every month. We also believe in try to be self supporting when it comes to energy, why pollute more when we can create green energy via solar. Now we live in Tuscany and operate