When we started this project, we knew little about agriculture. Aromatic herbs have emerged primarily as a sustainable solution due to their low water requirements, their resilience in the light of Alentejo's edaphoclimatic conditions and their demand in the foreign market. The added value of living in the nature has also always been a goal in mind.
We live in a space in which we have reserved, 2 hectares for agricultural use and 6 hectares for our own enjoyment of nature. During this time we have observed, experimented, made mistakes and improved, but we will never learn all that nature has to teach us. These were centuries of evolution, adaptation and selection that we should all respect and venerate.
Here, in our paradise, we try not to harm nature, as we recognize the added value and resources it gives us, and with them we can value the quality and specificity of the products.
Nature is very generous, thus any square meter of land can produce a lot if we respect it and enjoy the signals it sends out. Organic farming has been and is a sustainable path, the path we have chosen. What matters is working with nature, maintaining biodiversity and its genetic, cultural and environmental heritage, respecting the seasons, producing endogenous species, adapting, using sustainable farming practices, respecting the environment, respecting the soil, respecting, respecting, to respect....
Soil, it all starts and ends in soil, preserving the soil, its mineral, structural and biological quality is fundamental. When the land, the soil runs out, there will be no crops, no fodder for animals, food, trees, animals, nothing, there will only be man, with a few years of life. One of the main causes of soil erosion is the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, so used in the Alentejo in the so-called intensive and super intensive cultures. It is with great sadness to observe the decaying monocultural mosaic, which we find throughout the Alentejo, and it is common knowledge that the use of pesticides and fertilizers is common practice in intensive and super intensive olive groves. Our traditional olive grove, our montado, has been pulled out and replaced by these olive bushes they call the olive grove. This olive grove, which enhances erosion and the end of biodiversity, ceasing to the existence of a whole fauna and flora that make up the Alentejo landscape. The fauna and flora found in the traditional and mounted olive groves represents us and it is our heritage. It was built by us, as a result of a centuries-old process of selection and propagation of the most resistant species, such as Galega, Cordovil olive trees. Serpa, Verdeal Alentejo and Cobrançosa.
It is up to us, as consumers, to be demanding when choosing and buying. Are we buying future or desolation? For this and much more, agricultural sustainability is directly linked to environmental sustainability. That is the only way it makes sense for it to be and the only way it should be.