- INTERESTING FACTS: THE FARM -
Fondo farm holiday centre is part of a farm which extends, uninterrupted, over
an area of around 250 acres.
The farm is made up of 5 estates which are called: Tesoriera, Clelia, Pomposa, Enrica and Torre Del Fondo (the Farm Holidays centre takes its name from the latter). In its turn this farm is part of a much larger one named "La tenuta Ghisiliera" (whose history you can read about in the "HISTORY" section) and which extends over an area of around 500 acres.
The main crops cultivated are maize, soya, Swiss chard, wheat, Indian millet and pears.
cultivation method used is known as "integrated agriculture", and aims to
reduce the environmental impact of the use of the earth to a minimum. For
example, rather than using traditional fertilizers, organic fertilizers (such as
animal manure) are used which are much more eco-compatible than the former.
numerous farm buildings on the farm including stables, haylofts and store
houses, which were once inhabited by the families of peasants who worked the
land. Also there is still a charming little lake which was used, in the 20s and
30s, to soak hemp (which is no longer produced).
THE SEASONS OF THE COUNTRYSIDE
maize, soya, Swiss chard and Indian millet are sown. After sowing we must check
that there are no "weeds" growing which can damage the seeds planted; the
treatments for making sure this does not happen are milling, weeding and weed
killing. To help the seeds grow healthily manure is used.
this is the harvesting period (threshing season); first wheat, then maize, soya
and Indian millet are harvested.
Late summer: the harvesting of the Swiss chard (extirpation) and the pears takes place. After this, all the fields are ploughed.
the ploughed land is prepared for sowing, crumbling all the clods of earth which
are too big. This result is obtained through interventions which are known as
extirpating and harrowing.
Winter: in this period the countryside does not require any particular commitment and work; it is the best time to think about how Torre Del Fondo Farm Holidays can be improved.