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Do you want to help support our organic farm? You can by assisting us to plant new Olive tree's thus increasing the amount of carbon our managed farmlands can absorb. Right now everyone is doing as much as they can to reduce their carbon footprint and slow the global warming that is occurring. At Tenuta Le Mandorlaie we have land avaialbe that is perfect for the planting of olive trees, the right soil and conditions that our existing olive trees love. Adopting an Olive tree in Italy We have put together a great adoption plan, where you get amazing benefits while helping the environment, perfect as a gift, check out the

With so many types of food products available, it can be hard to understand where your food is grown, was it grown sustainably and organically. We all have choices to make when it comes to supporting farmers who actively make sure they are working sustainably and in favor of the environment we all live in and growing organic food. In order to ensure we are not only producing the highest quality extra virgin olive oil, and also working to maintain our soil and farm environment we wanted to let you know how we make sure that our products are organic, grown and produced sustainably. Our farm is currently going through

Well its finally cold, infact we are sitting at 2degrees outside today, and tonight it will be -1, its the time of year when the days are short and the nights cold and long. The project list is shorter. this year, but there are still many to get through. Keeping our kitchen garden running in the winter Yesterday, we spent some time making sure the greenhouse was nice and secure, and closed up a few gaps to stop the cold wind getting in, we also replanted some aubergine and Chili plants into the greenhouse alongside the tomatoes that have been doing well in there all year, and we can confirm,

We always wanted to be farming without pesticides, and using organic methods, so it was with this mindset that we started our farm, and look after our crops, be they grapes, olives or vegetables. When we started talking to our agronomist Francesco, we discovered that our land had been certified BIO, so farmed organically, however unfortunately the yearly payments to keep the application on the land, had stopped meaning that the land was just normal farmland again, and we would need to start the application process from the beginning. Three years of monitoring Yes, three years of organic logbook keeping to document the seeds we use, the trees we plant and

I always try to save money where I can, particularly when it is working on jobs I know I can complete or have the time to take on. More recently, as we are still working through an ultra ever increasing project list on the farm, I have been careful with the extra work I say YES to take on in between my other jobs around the farm. I knew some time ago that it would soon be time to fertilise the grape vines prior to them having a snooze for the winter, this time of year they are taking up carbs and energy to be stored ready for next

With the change in the hour, it seems the season has suddenly switched to cooler days, and much cooler evenings and the changing season means we are starting to receive regular rain, which although is good for all the plants, grasses and trees means that it can be difficult, and sometimes impossible to work on the ground doing vineyard work as the damage to the soil would be greater due to the boggy conditions. Ultimately working on the soil when it is waterlogged leaves scars that take forever to cover with grasses or the ground cover we sow, normally fava beans which as a cover crop in the vineyard

We always like to leave the natural habitat in the olive groves alone, not disturbed, we know it is home to so many animals, insects and flowers and having a healthy ecosystem I think goes a long way to reducing any need for pest control, we let nature do the work. Before the olive harvest we like to cut the grass to facilitate laying of the nets and basically navigating the olive grove and this year due to the early spring rains, that occurred very frequently, the grass really got some good growth in with some grasses growing up to 2metres. Laying the nets is very time consuming, so prior

Heavy rain across Europe In July you do not normally expect rain showers, but with the ever changing weather patterns of the world, the recent bad weather that caused loss of life in many European countries arrived to us, albeit with less strength and less water dropped. Fortunately for Tuscany, the wind strengths and the rain were low, it did rain consistently for a day, or around 12 hours, but soon diminished but it still aided the growth of the vegetables in our kitchen garden, with all the plants looking seriously stronger after the rain. Peaches and Pears The fruit trees also started to look like they were ready to give

I enjoy my kitchen garden, its true that Marthese takes care of it, but seeing what she wants to grow, her planning and helping move the seedlings, install the drip irrigation system and then weeding, means I do get to spend some time there. The vegetables we grow are seasonal, we grow what can be grown, we move our food intake along with the seasons, in summer lots of vegetables grow, and from this we take the opportunity to preserve as many as we can in different ways, in brine, as chutney, in olive oil. This gives us vegetables from the summer in winter, which we appreciate greatly. As the

Lots of work with vines is very labour intensive, from pruning, clearing the wires of old cut vine shoots from last season, aerating the soil and adding cover crops to get nitrogen into the soil, fertilising when needed before the grapes start budding. At the moment the task in hand for Marthese and I is that the vines leaf cover is starting to get in the way of the tractors working area, as well as stopping any organic treatment used getting to the grapes, this means the start of  tying back of the vines. To do this, we walk the vines and position the grapes vine shoots into the wires