Vineyard Update: Employing Integrated Farming

As we do every year, we have sowed the “favino” (field beans) in the vineyards.

 

04.15.15 - Favino Beans

Favino is a leguminous plant that naturally absorbs nitrogen from the air and fixes it in its roots. By burying the plant and its roots, nitrogen and organic substances are released into the vineyard and we do not need to use chemical fertilizers. To begin this process, the Favino plants are first cut with a machine.

 
The soil is then worked to bury the plants.

 

This practice, known as “Sovescio,” has been used since ancient times and its cost is very close to zero. Il Poggione tries to totally avoid the use of chemical fertilizers, choosing instead to employ integrated farming, as you see here.

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