With permaculture we try to understand nature better, to recognize and apply its principles. The focus is on promoting a diversity of plants and animals that support each other and thus optimize production and at the same time make a positive contribution to the climate. In mixed culture, plants use e.g. different root areas and pests can spread less well.
Hedges serve for wind protection and give shelter to a large variety of beneficial insects. A particularly important point to us is an intact soil condition with healthy microorganisms and the increase of soil fertility. Necessary requirements are the formation of humus and permanent plant coverage with vital roots.
Circular economy, biodiversity, saving ressources and social responsibility are briefly explained
Together with the “Gesellschaft für Permakultur in der Landwirtschaft e.V.”, we are working to advance the permaculture cultivation method, bring it closer to our producers and get more and more farmers enthusiastic about it.
We are not only traders but also producers. On our fincas in Andalusia, Spain, we grow according to Demeter and permaculture guidelines. Due to the immediate proximity we are able to optimally identify with the product and to receive our knowledge directly from nature. Therefore we are empathetic traders and our producers benefit directly from our own experience and research.
Location of the finca: Gibraleón
Takeover of the finca: 1992 (originally untouched wildland)
Research focus: microorganisms
Cultivated area: 50 ha
Production basis: Demeter (biodynamic agriculture) & permaculture
Since 1992 we have been growing fruits and vegetables on the Finca Jelanisol in Spain. The 50-hectare area produces exclusively with permaculture and biodynamic agriculture standards. We work on the constant research of those microorganisms, which increase soil fertility. Therefore the Finca Jelanisol serves as a role model for people worldwide. In the company’s own research facilities workshops are offered regularly to student groups or representatives from universities, producers and retailer. It offers deep insight into permaculture and invites visitors to enter a world of colorful diversity.
Location: El Granada
Takeover of the finca: 2014 (before entirely organic!)
Research focus: organic agriculture according to permaculture
Cultivated area: 85 ha (160 ha including natural forest)
Production basis: currently Demeter (biodynamic agriculture) in conversion to permaculture
Finca Terra Rica was acquired in 2014 and is in the process of converting from organic agriculture to pure permaculture cultivation. The 85 hectares of cultivation area are Demeter-certified which means that biodynamic agriculture is practiced. On the finca crops such as oranges, lemons, limes, persimmons, pomegranates, olives, clementine’s, pistachios and almonds are grown. The finca includes a natural forest area which expands its entire area to 160 hectares. Terra Rica is also used for research in organic agriculture according to permaculture guidelines.