I have had a passion for agriculture, and for tomatoes in particular, since childhood: as a child, in fact, I helped my parents on the family farm to grow and process San Marzano tomatoes. During my university years, I studied Economics but always in relation to the agri-food chain. In 2017, after a long experience as an accountant, I decided to found the agricultural cooperative "Eccellenze Nolane".
Together with Felice Vitale, a young agronomist, we recovered the native cultivars of the Vesuvian area that, due to poor production competitiveness (yield and post-harvest lifespan), had been abandoned in favour of modern cultivars selected by the industry (which have much lower organoleptic and qualitative characteristics). We immediately decided to root the company in the organic method and with Katia, my wife, we created a small artisan workshop to transform the vegetables from the garden into excellent preserves. Also on account of her training as a biotechnologist, she is in charge of the workshop.
We have also opened an urban farm where, with the help of our chef, Ciro Del Vecchio, we have created the line of simple and tasty ready-made sauces, following the recipes of Neapolitan cuisine and always using our tomatoes and vegetables.
I deal with the management and organisation of the different aspects of the farm: agricultural, processing and agri-tourism. My greatest joy is seeing that the vegetables I have grown are appreciated! The biggest challenges for me are getting the people of Nola to understand that we have an incredible agricultural and culinary wealth and making farmers aware of why they should carry on with the ancient seeds.
CrowdFarming's philosophy fully reflects our values. Even before we were farmers, we became CrowdFarmers and we met other producers who, like us, are dedicated to the cultivation of extraordinary products and sell them directly.