IL LAGO NELLA VALLE

Monte San Vito (AN), Marche

Very versatile farm with production ranging from cereals to closed-cycle horticulture. It recovers and uses wastes for organic fertilizer production (such as those from a nearby coffee roasting plant) and employs active microorganisms in regenerative organic farming.

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SOIL DESCRIPTION
The main issues with the soils on this farm can be summarized as: compaction, reduction of organic matter, and water retention problems.
The company is committed to adopting specific best practices to reduce its impacts on the soil system and ensure long-lived productivity of its soils.

GOOD PRACTICES

In order to reduce soil compaction, minimum tillage is practiced, consisting in vegetable gardens of two operations per year with a mulcher and tiller to make furrows and raised beds, while in the open field only one operation is carried out.

The decrease in organic matter content is counteracted by the use of a product obtained from a closed cycle; in fact, in addition to compost obtained from the organic fraction produced on the farm, organic coffee waste from a local coffee roasting plant (about 30 t per year) is acquired. From the same roasting plant, jute bags that are used as biodegradable mulch material are also reused. In addition to this input of organic matter, mulching by means of straw and green manure is carried out and manure is also used.The farm contributes organic matter to the soil from different matrices about 4 times a year in the vegetable gardens.

Il Lago nella Valle

In order to reduce and optimize irrigation use, drip irrigation is used, and the farm is also committed to maintaining an active and functioning artificial lake that serves as a water reservoir and biodiversity pool.

The farm is totally independent of the use of inorganic fertilizers.