In these warm days of August we have harvested the organic and biodynamic almond that we grow in Cortijo el Puerto.
The fruit of the delicious and nutritious almond tree is gathered in our fields in the early light of the sun on these summer days accompanied by the small serenade, breeze and song of cicadas in the company of a multitude of insects, birds and small mammals that make up the landscape of biodiversity on the farm.
Always Organic & Biodynamic
Our young almond trees are organic “from birth”, in accordance with the philosophy of Cortijo el Puerto, which combines Ecology and Technological Innovation with a clear commitment to quality.
Organic & Biodynamic Certified (world premiere we announced last year (2019)). In the 2020 harvest, the recent joy of having been awarded the prestigious “Spanish Food Award” (Premio Alimentos de España) in the Organic Production Category is mixed with concern about the current situation.
This encourages us in our conviction and commitment to the sustainability and regeneration of nature. Certified by Demeter, an international brand of biodynamic agriculture products, the almond from Cortijo el Puerto has become a worldwide benchmark for biodynamic almond grown in hedgerows, in its five varieties and framed in a global project for the recovery of biodiversity and regeneration environmental.
The biodynamic almond cultivation implies prevention measures, land care and soil protection. Its regeneration and enrichment, supported in compost and preparations in an organic and natural way.
Over time, it implies strong cost savings, a noticeable expansion of recycling and much more self-sufficiency and, above all, plant health, from the soil to the ripening of the almond, and that is a guarantee of quality.
Pioneers & Innovation
The plum hybrid (Prunusbesseyi x Prunuscerasifera) is endowed with a dwarfing pattern that converts any variety of almond tree that is grafted, into almond trees of low vigor, with the consequent adaptation to hedgerow formation. This allows early maturity and production, reduces pruning work, and enables automated harvesting with the same harvester as the olive tree.
The harvested varieties are results from the research of the CITA of Aragon: Isabelona and Soleta whose objective was to obtain a similar fruit to the varieties most valued by consumers, Marcona and Desmayo largueta, but including multiple improvements in the field in terms of agronomic management: like late flowering avoiding the early and self-fertile frosts, thus allowing pollination without the need to cross pollen of different varieties. At the same time, traditional varieties such as Lauranne, Ferraduel and Guara have also been raised.
In Cortijo el Puerto we rely on organic & biodynamic farming. We like to define ourselves as a project of environmental sustainability and ecosystem regeneration in which high quality and nutritious food products are also produced.
In addition, in alliance with technology, we incorporate Precision Agriculture to make farming an intelligent rural area. Aerial images with diverse information about the plantation are obtained, the crops are managed remotely and in real time, and the intervention is carried out with the accuracy of a surgeon. Sowing, tillage and harvest are done respecting the rhythms and principles that ensure the health of the soil and plants, and, in a derivative way, produce a healthy nutrition for animals and for human beings.
The innovative hedgerow system has multiple advantages:
Reduction of harvesting costs.
Fully mechanized harvest.
Reduces pruning work, and enables automated harvesting with the same harvester as the olive tree.
varieties of late flowering
high productivity, highlighting the quality of the fruit and a high ease of training and pruning
Bio: Creating hedgerows it is great way to have harmony in the Orchard because of the diversity of wildlife they attract. Hedgerows are mixed plantings of trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials and ground covers that provide nectar, food or fruit to bring diversity to our Ecosystem at Cortijo el Puerto:
Provides covers for fauna (also one plus for us). There are many native species of wildlife that rely on these areas as a way of travelling.
Increases the habitat resource availability for essential wildlife, including species that undertake pollination or act as natural controllers of other pest species, contributing to biological control and thus, reducing the need of pesticide usage.
In summary, The provision of trees and hedgerows can deliver numerous benefits economically, ecologically and environmentally.
Quality, Ecology and Innovation are core features of Cortijo el Puerto
The harvest becomes the end of a long journey of research, work, effort and affection, a story that today we have invited you to know a little more in Cortijo el Puerto.