Organic extra virgin olive oil
Bastide du Laval
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The project

Adopt {publicVariety} from the farm "{farmName}" in {cityfarm} ({countryFarm}) and receive your harvest in the form of {production} at home. The Farmer {farmerName} will take care for your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

The project

Adopt {publicVariety} from the farm "{farmName}" in {cityfarm} ({countryFarm}) and receive your harvest in the form of {production} at home. The Farmer {farmerName} will take care for your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

What do you adopt?
Each {variety} produces an average of {masterUnitsMax}l of {production} per season. We collect the olives respecting and protecting the fauna that lives in our olive grove, especially the birds. This is why we have signed [the manifesto for the protection of migratory birds in olive groves](http://bit.ly/2MML0Eg). Our farm covers 15 hectares of land and 4,000 olive trees. The mayority of them wre planted in the beginnings of 2000. The olive oil is extracted directly from the freshly harvested olives without any delay and exclusively using mechanical processes. The cold extraction allows us to receive around 4 liters of extra virgen olive oil per tree. Between mid-October and mid-November the harvest and oil extraction run parallel. We mainly cultivate olives of the variety Agandau. Over the course of the years the work on our olive farm was awarded by various different committees, making us very proud: 10 gold medals from *Concours Général Agricole de Paris*, further gold medals from *Concours PACA in Marseille, Brignoles, Draguignan, Nyons and even in Tuscany*. Moreover our olive oil is used by numerous star chefs such as the chefs of the Elysée Palace and the Senate.
What will you receive?
We will send you the box you have chosen in the adoption process. __Big box: __ * 8 x Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (0,5l tinted glass bottles) __Small box: __ * 4 x Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (0,5l tinted glass bottles) Each of the boxes is divided evenly: * Cuvée « INTENSE »: Organic olive oil AOC Provence, cold pressed. Awarded with the gold medal of the Concours National des Huiles d’Olive en Appellation d’Origine à Nyons in 2019. Intense flavours of herbs and plants (artichokes, tomatoes, tomato plant, green banana). Rich in phenols, polyphenols and antioxidants which add a bitter touch on the one hand and ensure an excellent conservation on the other hand. * Cuvée « BIO »: Fruity, green organic olive oil, cold pressed. Awarded with the silver medal of the Concours Général Agricole de Paris in 2019. Flavours of freshly cut herbs and artichoke leafs. You will receive your harvest personalized with the name you've chosen in the moment of adoption.
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date the Farmer will start preparing the orders that are to be shipped. You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out.
Why should you adopt?
* Learn who produces your food, how and where. Receive your food in a conscious manner. * Buy directly from the farmer. Help to generate wealth and better jobs in the rural areas. * Plan ahead and enable the Farmer to produce on demand. This way we can avoid overproduction and fight food waste. * Reward Farmers who make an effort to use environmentally-friendly packaging and cultivation techniques.
How does it work?
Meet the Farmers
Adopt and plan your harvest
Let the Farmer and nature work
Receive your harvest at home
Roland Coupat
Since 1998 we dedicate ourselves to the olive oil production in the Sud-Luberon region. My wife and I produce a highly awarded extra virgin olive oil and have started grinding the olives ourselves in 2014. Our history is the result of an adventure which started with the return to nature. Nowadays, this allows us to control the production process of our products step by step. Being a son of winemakers and a daughter of farmers, in 1998 we decided to change our lives to find a meaningful task that is connected to our Earth. Eventually we fell in love with a small vineyard in Cadenet in Sud-Lubero and an old abandoned manor that watches over the region. Its situated on the banks of the small river Laval. This is where we planted thousands of olive trees and dedicated ourselves to the study of olive cultivation and the production of olive oil. Since we are located at the boundary in climatic terms for the cultivation of olive trees and we need to prune our trees each year, our yield is limited. The trees put all their energy in the few olives that hang from the branches. Since we aim to produce a high-quality and extraordinary olive oil, we had to make this sacrifice. Our olive cultivation is based on the guidelines of organic cultivation. The star among the fertilizers suiting our cultivation philosophy is animal manure. As soon as it is composted it is rich in microorganisms and benefits the regeneration of humus and the improvement of the soil quality. Slow and steady it releases minerals stored in the soil and needed by the olive trees (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium). Harvest is pure manual work where we use combs and nets. When the farmer is devoted to the cultivation of his products it is not recommendable to risk anything in the further processing of the products. The olive oil made from the olives from his trees should be in accordance with his values. Thus, in our case the olives should be grinded slowly and carefully. This is how we got the idea to install our own oil press and in doing so gained control over all of the production processes. Further it allowed us to follow the requirements in connection with the search for excellent quality.
Roland Coupat

“Olive oil is much more than a simple food product. It is an extraordinary ingredient rich in history, symbolism and tradition. It is our wish to further improve the quality of olive oil with regards to humans and the environment.”

Bastide du Laval
Bastide du Laval
Situated in the heart of the Nature Park “Parc Naturel du Luberon”, North of the city of Aix-en-Provence and only a couple kilometers away from Lourmarin Bastide du Laval earned its name from the river that flows from the Luberon massif and passes our region before leading to the river Durance. We have been cultivated this are extending to 30 hectares with olive trees, vines and other woods since 1998. Our olive grove covers 15 hectares and 4,000 trees and is located in the protected area Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée « Huile d’olive de Provence » (Controlled Designation of Origin of the Provence region). Traceability, control, knowledge and appreciation of the region are herewith guaranteed. Our farm has an organic certification. The oil press is designed with a minimum environmental impact and a maximum of energy self-sufficiency in mind: orientation, isolation, consideration of the features of the location and the use of high-quality and local materials. Even outside of this press we use these principles. The olive pomace (residues left after olive pressing) are used as biofuel to heat the oil press. The pulp after composting is used as fertilizer for the soil. Processing the olives with our own press allows us to cut time between harvest and grinding to a minimum and prevents fermentation and a loss of flavour. The oil extraction is done in a continuous cold press process. The modern machine was designed by a Tuscan engineer who is obsessed with the quality of oils coming from his press. It is a two-stage mill that does not add any water to the shredding processes of the olives. Consequently a majority of the flavours of the olives is preserved in the oil.
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Bastide du Laval, Cadenet, Provence, FR
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