organic extra virgin olive oil
Terradiva
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The project

Adopt an olive tree from the farm "Terradiva" in Minervino Murge (Italy) and receive your harvest in the form of organic extra virgin olive oil at home. The Farmer Vincenzo will take care of 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 an olive tree from the farm "Terradiva" in Minervino Murge (Italy) and receive your harvest in the form of organic extra virgin olive oil at home. The Farmer Vincenzo will take care of 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?
Adopt an olive tree that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 1998. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your olive tree. The older olive trees on our farm (between 70 and 80 years old) are mainly of a very typical variety of Puglia: the Coratina. We do not call them "old" because the olive tree is an extraordinary plant, which can live for centuries. Coratina olive trees are very resistant and adapt to a large variety of soils, and also to ours which are stony and calcareous. The origin of the name of this variety derives from a small town in the area called "Corato". Curiously, our grandfather was also called, in our local dialect, "il coratino" precisely because he moved from that city to our town as an olive tree pruner. In our fields there are also olive trees of the Ogliarola Barese variety, while the youngest - planted in 2017 - are of the Leccino variety. We take care of our trees one by one, and we plant them in the traditional way, with about 7 meters of distance between them. We have been cultivating olive trees under the organic farming certification for more than twenty years. It was our father who made this decision in 1998 when organic farming was known to very few people. We follow the trees throughout the year, from pruning to their nourishment with substances permitted by organic farming, to the semi-mechanized olive harvest, to processing in the mill. We select only the best olives for our oil and we grind them within 12/24 hours of harvesting. We cold press the olives and the oil is then filtered. 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. Terradiva is our way of restoring a little beauty and dignity to the world of agriculture. The Terradiva brand was founded in 2015 by my sister Angela and I. Today, in Terradiva there is our whole family, it is a small business, so our products are handcrafted, they are packaged and labeled one by one by hand. As a younger generation, we are committed to combining family experience with our training and contemporary vision of a family-run organic farm, focused on sustainability and the care of our territory. Since the birth of the brand we have obtained numerous awards for our Allegro 100% Coratina oil: at the international BIOL organic oils award we received Gold Medal “Olio Novello” 2016 and 2017, Silver Medal “Olio” 2016 and 2019. The prestigious German magazine Der Feinschmecker Oil Award in 2018 has included our Allegro oil among the 250 best extra virgin olive oils from around the world, in 106th place out of 700 participants. The productive life of an olive tree is around 100 years. For as long as you want to keep it and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew your adoption year after year. If your olive tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. Each olive tree produces an average of 6l per season.
What will you receive?
Each season we will send you a box with: 1 x __Allegro Organic Extra Virgin Olive oil__ (3 liter can) 1 x __Andante Organic Extra Virgin Olive oil__ (3 liter can) We have dedicated the names of our oils to music and we have chosen them by imagining their flavors as symphonies that can have different tempo and character. In the box, one of the two cans will be from the “Allegro” line. You will find a monovarietal oil inside, made out of a single variety of olives: Coratina. The other can will be from the “Andante” line, with Coratina variety olive oil, but also Ogliarola Barese and Leccino, in varying quantities depending on the year and production. Andante oil is more delicate, the bitter and spicy notes are moderate, it matches well with white meats, fish, grilled foods, but also cakes and biscuits. Allegro is an intense oil, it has a structured flavor, the scent of freshly cut grass, almond, tomato and artichoke, with bitter and spicy finish. This oil matches very well with dishes based on legumes, vegetable soups, red meats but also bruschetta and raw vegetables. We suggest using both oils as raw as possible to preserve their organoleptic characteristics, especially the polyphenols. For optimal conservation of the oil, keep the cans away from sources of light and heat, in a cool and dry place. If possible, when you open the can, pour the oil into three dark glass bottles (each 1 liter) and use one bottle at a time for your recipes. In this way the oil will come into contact with the air as little as possible, so the organoleptic characteristics and the amount of polyphenols will be preserved at their best.
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. You will receive our organic extra virgin olive oil from the end of February as we dedicate much of our January and February work to manual bottling and labeling of products reserved for those who have adopted our olive trees. The olive harvest takes place always during daytime, from the end of October until the end of November, depending on the year and the weather conditions. The Leccino variety olives in our area (Alta Murgia, Puglia) ripen at the end of October, while the Ogliarola Barese olives and the most numerous Coratina varieties ripen later and are mostly harvested in November.
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
Plastic-free
Organic
BPA-free

How does it work?

Meet the Farmers

Meet the Farmers

Adopt and plan your harvest

Adopt and plan your harvest

Let the Farmer and nature work

Let the Farmer and nature work

Receive your harvest at home

Receive your harvest at home

Adoptions available until the 14/02/2021
Delivery starting on the 25/02/2021

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Delivery country Spain

Final price:

87.82€ / Season

Includes adoption, preparation and shipment of the order.

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Vincenzo Lobascio
We are Vincenzo Lobascio, my sister Angela Lobascio and my partner Katharina Pönisch. We decided to found the Terradiva brand to enhance what our family and above all our father have created with dedication and daily commitment over many years. With Terradiva we have the opportunity to pass on the work of agriculture and food production to future generations as the protection and care of a territory, its economy and the local community. Since 2016 we have invested our training and the skills acquired in previous jobs in the construction of a piece of the business that was not there before: we have closed the supply chain. The olives and almonds, their entire process from the cultivation to the harvest can be communicated, presented and the final products sold by us who have taken care of those same plants from which they were born. With the birth of the brand we have combined my profession, Agronomist, and that of our father Michele as an expert farmer and entrepreneur, with Angela’s extra-agricultural skills in socioeconomic development and promotion of the territory, and Katharina’s expertise in promoting health and well-being. The combination of such a diverse range of competencies is not always easy but it gives us an innovative edge in a traditionally conservative sector. In everyday life my work, with Angela and Katharina is divided between the activities in the agricultural fields and the packaging laboratory. Michele's work focuses on coordinating all the activities we do in the fields together with the workers. I also deal with the transformation, quality and traceability of products and the administrative part. Angela and Katharina work on the packaging of the products and organize the shipments, they dedicate themselves to communication and sales activities, direct contact with clients and welcoming visitors. All three of us have dedicated ourselves to other jobs previously. I worked mainly as an agronomist and freelance organic farming inspector. Angela worked as a sociologist at the university but also in private consulting companies, in contact with international organizations, public institutions, local authorities and innovative companies. Katharina has worked in the field of promoting psycho-physical well-being and organizing events in Germany and the United Kingdom. We are happy to join CrowdFarming because here we will find a community of people who like us believe it is possible to choose a better agriculture, made of food that comes from territories with an identity, of small producers who have a face and who do not abandon their lands. We really like the idea of bringing something good (almonds and organic extra virgin olive oil) to the daily life of people we do not yet know and whom we hope to welcome soon for a walk among our trees!
Vincenzo Lobascio

"Our motivation has always been to safeguard the territory in which we were born and live, agriculture is our way of doing it. Being part of CrowdFarming allows us to tell our story and that of our territory outside the national borders. Offering our organic products throughout Europe is of great support for us: it allows us to continue building our business adventure with daily commitment, but also to always take new steps to find the right balance between man and nature."

Terradiva
Terradiva
Our company is called TERRADIVA for two main reasons. The first: we would like the agriculture of Southern Italy to be more ... Diva! We wish no one was ashamed of being peasants, farmers, or had to encourage their children to leave from small villages, from inland areas, as they have done for generations, because “there’s just the land to work” and thus no worthy future. Terradiva is our way to restore a little beauty and dignity to agriculture. Also, and that’s the second reason for our choice, the name TERRADIVA reminds us of one myth of the goddess Minerva, one of the origins of the name of our very own town of Minervino Murge. Minerva won against Poseidon in the challenge to be the god of Athens, by giving her people the most useful gift – the olive tree, which was at the same time a source of nourishment, light through the lamps and wellbeing through skin care. We began our business adventure with organic extra virgin olive oil, so we feel particularly attached to this legend. The farm is located in Southern Italy, in Puglia, in Minervino Murge, a town at the gates of the Alta Murgia National Park. Minervino lies on two hills from which it is possible to observe a panorama up to 100 km away. It is a town rich in traditions, with a historic center of alleys and stairs, churches, and caves to explore. In TERRADIVA we grow almond trees, olive trees and vineyards. We have fields sown with cereals, and among our crops there are also other wild plants such as: rocket, mustard, poppies, thistles, daisies, rosemary, oregano, thyme, oaks, downy oaks, pomegranates, perastri, and wild almond trees. The fields belonging to Terradiva are scattered over the territory of Minervino Murge, but located in different areas, and they are surrounded by many other fields cultivated by local farmers with olive trees, vineyards, fruit trees, but also by the Alta Murgia Park, a protected natural area rich in rocky ridges, rolling hills, karst cavities, pastures, oak and conifer woods. TERRADIVA is located in an internal area of Southern Italy, an area with great potential: the landscape, the local history and culture, the conservation of nature, the quality gastronomic heritage. Unfortunately they are often not recognized or valued. The level of employment and the wealth are pretty low, and we are in an area at great risk of depopulation. With the work on our organic farm we make a contribution to the territory in terms of youth employment but also of protection of the territory, prevention of hydrogeological instability (by planting trees where before there was only cereal cultivation), and the enhancement of typical local products. We also try to promote our area of origin in Italy and abroad through our participation in trade fairs and guided tours of the farm and the area that we offer to visitors. The Terradiva brand was founded in 2015. We can count on a strong agricultural tradition and expertise that come from a history of family farming that has its roots in the early 1900s. The history of our farm begins in the early 1900s. At that time our great-grandparents already worked the land around our town, then our grandparents Paolo and Vincenzo continued their work as farmers: Paolo was a passionate cereal grower, while Vincenzo moved to Minervino Murge as an olive tree pruner. Our father Michele, who has always been involved in the world of agriculture, since the late 90s has enlarged and improved the company, making it organic and planting many new crops that were not there before: olive trees, almond trees and vineyards. At the end of 2015, after developing our careers in different directions, my sister Angela and I decided to come back to the fold and to found a brand that would allow us to close the supply chain and reach the market with a finished product. At the beginning it was just an experiment, but since 2018 it has become our main occupation. We started our adventure with oil, in recent years we have added almonds, Apulian taralli and gift ideas to our catalog. In 2020 we inaugurated our new Terradiva headquarters in Minervino Murge, and that is where we now store and package all of our products. At the end of 2016 Katharina Pönisch joined the family and business adventure, moving from Germany to Minervino Murge, firstly as my life partner, and then together with Angela we have built a work team with different skills and experiences and therefore very useful. In Terradiva we often host visitors who come for guided walks among our trees and product tastings. Since 2019 we have been part of La Ferula Magica, a project that aims to welcome travelers who love slow, active travel, in contact with the local community. For irrigation we use the water that comes from the Locone artificial reservoir, very close to our town and lands. A hectare of olive trees tend to need 1,500 cubic meters of water per year, while one single almond tree needs 1,000 cubic meters of water. Half of our olive groves and 3 of the 16 hectares of almond groves have a drip irrigation system, where the water comes out in controlled drops right next to the plant. Our water saving efforts consist in using the drip system and, where possible, to irrigate exclusively at night (in order to reduce the amount of water that evaporates). To improve the soil quality and health, we amend the soil not only with fertilisers but also add pruning residues, organic waste and mussel valve to enhance organic matter. Where the soil is generally poorer in organic matter and microelements we sow clover and vetch (nitrogen fixing plants) to enrich it and reduce soil erosion by wind and water. The whole farm is cultivated with the organic farming method. Our father Michele decided to practice exclusively organic farming since 1998 because he believes in the positive impact this has on the environment and biodiversity. He often tells us that he would like our planet's natural resources to be sufficient for his children, grandchildren and future generations as well. In addition, growing without the use of synthetic chemical compounds avoids the farmers themselves coming into contact with substances that are harmful to their health. To defend the plant from various attacks, we only use substances allowed by organic farming such as: copper, sulfur, bacillus, zeolite (rock dust), kaolin, lime. For the nourishment of our plants we instead use: nitrogen, potassium, iron, microelements, organic fertilizers. The grass cut between our trees is always left on the ground as nourishment, while through spontaneous vegetation we favor the presence of insects in our fields. There are about 12 of us working on the farm, however the number varies because it depends on the weather conditions, the cultivation phases of almond and olive trees during the year, and the fluctuations in sales. The team has grown slowly since the creation of the brand, at the end of 2015. Within the business, all workers receive a salary in line with the agricultural sector’s collective contract. When traveling between areas of the farm that are distant from each other, we make our means of transport available to workers. At the end of the fruit harvesting phases, we celebrate all together with a collective meal. We constantly monitor the status of sales of packaged products, and our goal is to sell all our production under the Terradiva brand. When there is an excess of production, though, we sell part of this in the wholesale market. An important part of our work consists in selecting, before harvesting, the trees in the field in order to choose those with the healthiest olives for transformation into organic extra virgin olive oil under our brand. In the case of almonds, we select the fruits manually after shelling, eliminating micro-shells of almonds that are not removed by the machine, smaller and poorly hydrated almonds or even broken almonds. All this takes place in order to offer a first choice product that is preserved at best and for a long time. We do not have a composting area so the pruning residues are chopped and left in the field, as are the residual leaves of the harvest.
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Technical information
Address
Terradiva, Minervino Murge, IT
Altitude
350m
Team
2-3 women and 5-10 men
Size
43ha
Cultivation technique
Organic farming
Irrigation
Drip irrigation
Location