We bet on a sustainable and environmentally friendly agriculture 20 years ago.
We are deeply concerned about the idea that farming cannot go against the environment but it needs it as a support. We must manage what nature gives us and work side by side, observe and definitely learn.
We do not consider that we are the owners of some hectares of land but consider ourselves as its managers with a lot of responsibilities and obligations. We also consider essential to respect the environment that surrounds and supports us. By carrying out our work and practice along with nature, we manage to produce food for human and animal consumption alike because our aim is to improve efficiency, quality and, above all, biodiversity.
It is clear to us that soil is a living element in constant evolution, an invisible and dynamic heritage that we need to care, maintain and improve.
While some people use herbicides, insecticides and chemical fertilizers to obtain high productivity, we think that they are breaking the natural harmony and creating serious disruptions as a consequence. We feel that their only aim is to raise productivity with little profits and economic extra costs, to get rid of weeds and use insecticides when a possible plague appears. These factors affect deeply land imbalances and, by using synthesis fertilizers, soil gets these unfriendly and inefficient products as well.
This model of rural environment, prone to monoculture, brings the effect of reducing biodiversity, managing an unsustainable agronomic development and extremely dependent on agricultural inputs with the back towards nature, if not confronted with it.
Putting a suitable crop rotation into practice, which we have been using since we started farming in our plot following researcher Lacasta, meant to introduce leguminous, cruciferous and different and assorted types of cereals.
By doing this, we avoid using herbicides, we improve soil and its capacity of water storage as well as nutrients, the level of organic matter rises and consequently the number of numerous species and its diversity greatly improve. All of this significantly reduces the risk of parasites and diseases.
The Corraliza de Don Pablo, located in Peralta (Navarra, Spain), is only a sample of this new model of rural development that aims at making farming a source of green wealth.