Organic extra virgin olive oil from Azienda Agricola Fausto Quintieri

6.00 l/box

Organic extra virgin olive oil from Azienda Agricola Fausto Quintieri

6.00 l/box

Buy directly from the farmer. Without intermediaries.
Limited & seasonal harvest.
The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
Specifications
Contents of the box: 1 box contains 6l of organic extra virgin olive oil
Variety: Dolce di Rossano
2 x Extra virgin olive oil (3 litre cans): a dense, light green oil that tends to lighten over time, with an intense aroma and a sweet but strong and slightly spicy flavour
Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2017
You can use our organic EVOO to dress salads and many other dishes, to enrich your recipes and you can also enjoy it on a slice of warm bread
Please store the oil in a dark and cool place (at least 10°C) and consume it within 12 months of the date of receipt
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Renewable energy
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Family Farm
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Visitors welcome
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Additional analyses
Nicola Scirchio
My name is Nicola Scirchio. Passion for the agricultural sector and love for our land have prompted my brother Fausto and me to take care of the company started by our grandparents and currently run by our mother. As a kid, I used to spend my days in the fields and later, even if my studies in Political Sciences could have led me somewhere else, I decided to stay and devote myself to our wonderful family business. On the farm, I am mainly in charge of accounting, but we actually help each other to manage every aspect of the firm at best. Together we deal with bureaucratic issues, we market our products enhancing high quality and organic plantation, we take care of human resources, their safety and needs. As it happens in agriculture, we do not have a typical day, but our work can be defined through the times of the year. Towards the end of October we start harvesting our products, when the first clementines ripen. From November to December we are busy with olive and common clementine harvests, while in January it is time to pick oranges and we start pruning our trees. When spring comes, around mid-April, a variety of late orange typical of Calabria, the Ovale, ripens. Summer is dedicated to the rigorously organic fight against olive and citrus fruit parasites, to the maintenance of wells and irrigation systems and the cleaning of the land. I discovered CrowdFarming by chance, thanks to a friend of mine and I immediately became interested in the idea of being able to offer my products directly to the end consumers, showing them a land and the things it has to offer. Moreover, it assures fair prices both for consumers and producers, which allows us to invest more in the farm to increase the quantity and, above all, the quality of our production.
Azienda Agricola Fausto Quintieri
From the 1960s the Quintieri family runs the “Eredi Quintieri Fausto” agricultural enterprise, named after its founder, my maternal grandfather. The farm is located in Corigliano-Rossano, in the province of Cosenza, by the Ionian sea, in an area devoted to the production of citrus fruits and olive oil – plantations which surround our farm. For this reason, we too devote ourselves to the plantation of these two types of products. Citrus fruits (clementines, oranges, lemons and kumquats) occupy 17 hectares of land while the rest of the farm is dedicated to more than 700 century-old olive trees (some are about 500-600 years old). Real “vegetal sculptures'' that have been subjected to constraint by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Landscaping. The aim is to safeguard them, therefore they cannot be cut or uprooted, it is not possible to build anything in the olive tree grove and any extraordinary work must be authorized by the Ministry. Following the company's philosophy of environmental protection, we believe in the importance of safeguarding basic resources like water. This is why we use T-shaped sprinklers for microirrigation, which allow us to reduce the amount of water used, because only the area of soil we want -the one closer to the roots of the tree- is actually wet. The amount of water used for each tree varies according to the seasonal features (heat, wind, humidity), and it is therefore difficult to evaluate the annual consumption of water for each plant. The water used comes from some wells we own, located within the farm. Driven by the desire to do something in order to reduce the environmental footprint of our farm, in 2014 we started the process to convert to organic, and in 2017 we obtained the certification. Being aware that this is not enough, we decided to introduce some beehives in the farm in order to enhance biodiversity, as well as help the pollination of our trees. Moreover, we try to use local varieties, or varieties that better suit our soil, considerably reducing the use of natural resources. The soil is tilled with a harrow, and grass serves as a natural fertiliser, helping reintegrate part of the organic material lost in plantation. We have also installed photovoltaic panels on the roofs of the warehouses to produce some of the energy we use in the farm. In a place where the social and economic situation is not exactly good, our firm has been relying, for at least 15 years, on the collaboration of 8 people, including administrative staff and workers in the fields. The workers take care of the land, trees and harvest, while the administrative staff deals with tax aspects and logistic organization of the sale. All our employees are regularly paid and protected according to current rules. As in any farm, part of the harvest does not meet the standards to be sold as fresh fruit, yet it is of very good quality, and we use it for domestic consumption or to make preserves. The thinner remains of tree-pruning are mixed with the soil during the tilling, together with the grass, while the thicker ones are used for the fireplaces we have in the farm or given to the workers for domestic use. The remains of oil production are left to the external oil mill we use, which takes care of their disposal.
Technical information
Address
Azienda Agricola Fausto Quintieri, Cosenza, IT
Altitude
0m
Team
2 women and 6 men
Size
67 ha
Cultivation technique
Organic Farming
Irrigation
Micro-sprinklers irrigation
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