Our farm belonged to our grandparents since the beginning of the 20th century. Historically it was used for vineyards, but for a few years now, we have focused on the cultivation of saffron in dry land.
Our farm is called La Casita de Genaro and it is located on the outskirts of a town called Villarrobledo, in the heart of La Mancha. We are very grateful for what nature brings to us, and do not punish the land or water with pesticides or herbicides. As only soil amendment we apply rainworm humus a few weeks before planting to maintain a high soil organic matter. We obtain this singular spice in a very artisan way, the same way it has been done for centuries. We take care of all the processes manually and we give them great care. Our project has, among others, firm ties to our natural, cultural and traditional environment.
At Azafrán Carmín dryland farming is undertaken, which is why our plants depend on each year’s rainfall. For weed control no synthetic products or herbicides are used. Weed growth is controlled in order to avoid competition with saffron, and by ploughing several times a year the seed germination of many weeds is prevented. Yet, in years with lots of rain, such as 2020, the weeds have flourished and in late May a weed-whacker was used leaving the remains on the field. In September, a rotovator was used, afterwards adding the compost from the clearing into the soil, and in this way providing the crop with organic matter. This method makes it unnecessary to apply any alternative pest control practices. The production of our saffron generates practically no waste or any spoilage. If any vegetable residue is generated, it is incorporated into the crop.
We count with 40,000 m2 of which 15,000 m2 are used for cultivation. The rest is white land that we are conditioning year after year to increase our plantation.
From our saffron field, we lose sight of the immense plain in which we find ourselves and every November we witness the spectacle of lively contrasts of purple tones of our crocus roses. A unique and fleeting spectacle offered by these roses, which appear at dawn and wither at dusk.
In 2020, we began with the construction of a new warehouse from where the saffron will be prepared from 2021 onwards, equipped with solar panels which supply medium voltage electrical backup to the installations. Our future objective is to obtain complete energy self-sufficiency.