My name is Bruno Lopez and I was born into a family of farmers. After my agricultural BTA diploma, my parents were not necessarily in favour of my wish to take over from them, because life as a farmer requires great commitment. I finally managed to convince them and I don't regret it. Even today they work with me everyday despite their age, because it is not only a profession but a passion. However, I was predestined to take over the farm: as my mother likes to tell me, I was almost "born on one of the plots of the farm", as my mother felt the moment coming while harvesting white beans! It is an anecdote, but it says a lot about the rooting of family in agriculture and working the land. The transition was smooth, I had already learned a lot as a young person and my parents continued to pass on to me what they knew. Since I took over the farm, I have also shared with them my experiences, discoveries and above all the shift towards organic farming that I decided to undertake a few years ago.
Today, I am in charge of crop management as well as product marketing. My daily life is really different from one season to the next but the common thing is that we never get bored! My wife Marie-Josée is also an employee and takes care of the administrative part. My father continues to help us on the farm, and my mother is often present as well. In addition, we have 7 seasonal crops, but they are there over 9 months out of the year between harvests which run from Spring to Autumn, followed by pruning. The manual picking of the kiwi fruits is pleasant with the mild climate, the shade created by the creepers and the possibility of hanging the baskets on the metal structures at arm level.
Today, one of the main challenges we face is adapting to global warming which our crops are suffering a lot, including kiwi, which does not like heat and drought.
My greatest satisfaction today is producing quality fruit and I am happy to be able to make them available directly to consumers through CrowdFarming so that they know where they come from and know their story.