Organic or biodynamic agriculture
Organic and biodynamic agriculture are farming methods that deeply respect the rhythm of the seasons, the lifecycle of every single crop and the surrounding ecosystems. The objective of both approaches is good and healthy food, free from any residue of pesticides.
Here at Cascina Palazzo we grow many varieties of fruit with both organic and biodynamic methods, so that you can choose the best for you!
Which is the difference between organic and biodynamic farming?
Organic farming limits the use of synthetic substances (like fertilizers and pesticides) and GMOs, that may spread from the plant tote soil and water. The result is a chemical-free product.
Organic farming also means a deep respect for the cycle of seasons and an intelligent use of the soil, in order to ensure enough nutrition for every plant, and obtain a good and healthy product.
Biodynamic agriculture is based on the full synergy between crop and ecosystem. The plant, the soil and the surrounding ecosystem are seen as one and all together they fertilize, feed and take care of the whole ecosystem. The total respect for biodiversity is key. Moreover biodynamic farming uses techniques like composting, following the moon phases, following the cosmic forces, the green manure (leaving uprooted or sown crop parts to wither on a field as mulch and soil amendment), crop rotation and biodynamic preparations, made for example with manure and mineral or plant powder. The balance of the farming system is key for the respect of the bio-system and its organisms, that are all considered as useful roles: for example, all plants are useful, so infesting weeds do not exist.
Much of our varieties of fruit are grown following both organic and biodynamic methods.
Cascina Palazzo ensures the traceability of every product, from picking to consumption. We have a special processing area for every product, and you will find a code linked to the product origin on every label.
Cascina Palazzo respects the environment with sustainable farming methods.
The energy we use for heating and hot water of processing area and office comes from a wood splinter boiler. Splinters come from explants in the fruit plantation and from the winter pruning. We don’t use diesel, which lets us avoid the emission of 1.266 tons of CO2 in the atmosphere: like 231 tours of the Earth by car.
We want to achieve zero water waste and optimize water resources. We use drip and spray irrigation instead of flood irrigation. We also create new irrigation wells under competent authority approval: every well is connected to a photovoltaic system, which lets us save a high amount of energy.