Biodynamic agriculture is a step forward from the ORGANIC farming method. This method is based on the harmonization between the different forces that govern Nature: seasons, atmospheric phenomenons, lunar cycles and the position of the constellations in the cosmos. Biodynamic agricultura seeks a comprehensive balance of soil, trees, animals and Humanity.
Castillo de Canena launches its first Biodynamic virgin extra olive oil, strengthening its commitment to elaborating extra virgin olive oils of the highest quality and to protecting the environment and olive groves. This Biodynamic extra virgin is certified by the International Association of Biodynamic Agriculture with the DEMETER label.
This olive oil is part of their exclusive “Aceites del siglo XXI” collection and is elaborated in complete synthesis and harmony with the ecosystem, the natural habitat and the cosmos, taking the concept of ecological farming to a higher level.
From organic to Biodynamic
In addition to organic farming practices, Castillo de Canena has incorporated others, such as sheep grazing on the premises, made-on-site compost fertilizers rich in potassium and nitrogen, the enrichment of plant cover through the installation of honeycomb, biological pest control, eradication of fungus from olive leaves using silica (crushed quartz) instead of copper, and the application of different biodynamic preparations.
To further this support for the Biodynamic farming concept, Castillo de Canena has also raised a forest of autochthonous species of trees such as oak, holm oak, black poplar and juniper around the olive groves to intensify the quality of a Mediterranean wood in which both “humanised forest” and “natural forest” coexist.
Moreover, the firm has introduced sheep grazing which, alongside the olive forest, aids in fixing the nutrients in a natural way, mitigates the loss of moisture and erosion, increases organic mulch on the ground and acts as a primary fungicide and insecticide, as it provides the natural habitat for olive tree predator pests (butterfly, worm, beetle, ladybird and birds).
“A biodynamic farm should be self-sufficient. It is fundamental that all by-products and waste resulting from farming go back into the earth, becoming life-producers”.
We can also see Castillo de Canena’s concern for sustainable farming in the project “La tierra para la tierra” (Earth for the Earth), which donates €1.00 (together with the Xabi Cabot Selles Foundation) for each bottle of new Biodynamic oil sold, to build water reservoirs and help the poorest farming areas in the world: Lake Turkana (Ethiopia and Kenya), through the Missionary Community of Saint Paul The Apostle.