Organic Farming….What is organic agriculture?
Organic food is food grown without the use of pesticides artificial, fertilizers or sewage sludge, and without the use of genetically modified organisms or any other chemical products. Organic farms are more sustainable and environmentally sound. We are proud to say that all of our products (our prize-winning, extra-virgin olive oil, our honey, fruits and vegetables) are certified organic.
We are certified organic by ICEA and recognized by the European Community.
Organic produce is not covered in a cocktail of poisonous chemicals and contains on average 50% more vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other micro-nutrients than intensively farmed produce. Organic farms support and nurture our beautiful and diverse wildlife. Organic farms use less energy and produce less waste. Organic produce simply tastes so much better; fruit and vegetables full of juice and flavour – remember those?. All three of us – Lucia, Alina and Giovanni – are strongly committed to respecting the environment and that Green Ethic infuses everything at Fontanaro, Fontegirasole and Tartagli:
We actively compost and recycle all organic materials for fertilizing our soil, without using any chemicals. As rainwater collects on the roofs of our buildings, a series of pipes and gutters send the water to large holding tanks. This recycled water is then used as needed in the dry season. All materials like plastic, glass, paper, organic trash, are separately recycled. A substantial portion of our energy needs are generated using solar cell technology. Fontanaro was one of the first in Umbria to make use of this technology. Solar panels heat water (in summer) for all domestic purposes. BTUs (in winter) are maximized with a wood burning furnace. The gas boiler serves as a backup.
We are fully committed to protect our environment in order to preserve it from pollution.
A video about our organic products!
This is what we do to help the environment
1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Compost
2. Conserve Energy: Lower our thermostat in the winter, raise it in the Summer
3. We support clean, renewable energy
4. We don’t Use pesticides/herbicides on our lawn and we are nationally certified organic
5. We buy local and organic
6 . We only buy energy-efficient electronics and appliances
7. We support Green Peace and Slow Food int.
8. We give children the experience of planting trees and vegetables