Today we have applied for funding under the Rural Development Programme of Puglia, in order to get co-financing for the creation of ecological infrastructures in one of our plots. The project includes the creation of tree hedges, made up of 257 trees and shrubs belonging to 30 different species.
Not just olives and cherries: our mixed orchards also produce a good amount of figs. We are currently picking our ripe organically grown figs, and we process them into an excellent fig extra jam.
Right at the end of the cherry season, we pick our ripest organic cherries, those spared from golden orioles and other wildlife living in our orchards. Today we have been picking our very last organic cherries and making the last round of cherry jam, which is also the best cherry jam for this year.
Small-scale habitat features play a key role in supporting biodiversity and ecosystem services. At Selvanuova we preserve and increase these important natural elements.
Spring has reached its peak in our organic farm, and nature is very busy at recovering from a cold late winter, and making the most before the summer drought.
Increasing the content of organic matter in the soil and restoring the nutrient balance are cornerstone principles of organic farming. Over the past few days we have been spreading, throughout our 5 hectares of olive groves, 10 tonnes of pelleted manure.