A comprehensive understanding of our soil ensures that we are able to use responsible, environmentally-friendly farming techniques that are respectful of our fauna and flora.
We carry out a systematic analysis of our soil so that we understand its chemical composition and requirements in terms of micronutrients and nutrients, which means that we only add the essential supplements to ensure a good management of our crops. All our land is located in the Parc Naturel Régional des Landes de Gascogne, which means that we are permitted to use a limited amount of fertiliser only. This fertiliser is added progressively over the course of the natural growing cycle.
We don’t use any insecticide in the growing cycle of our carrots, except in the event of a major pest invasion. If necessary we use natural insecticides that we apply overnight in order to protect the bees from harm.
Our farms are amongst those farms pioneering non labour-techniques and the use of Simplified Crop Techniques (SCT) in the Landes. We pay particular care and attention to our soil capital, handed down to us by our grandparents, and aim to develop its biological activity. This explains why we banished soil disinfection as a practice more than 15 years ago. This process, which consists of injecting the soil with a powerful disinfectant, has devastating effects on the environment because it destroys all of the micro-organisms living in the soil.
In parallel, the long crop rotations that we practice allow the soil to rest and replenish itself naturally. We only grow the same vegetable on a particular plot of land every seven years as our aim is to preserve existing ecosystems and to reduce the use of phytosanitary products.