HOW WE GROW IN PERMACULTURE / AGROECOLOGY
OUR AGROECOLOGY / PERMACULTURE PRINCIPLES
In Ognon, we use resilient and regenerative farming practices to grow seasonal and regional fruits and vegetables.
Our methods inspired by permaculture help to enrich the soil with nutrients, which makes it possible to produce exceptional fruits and vegetables.
This method of cultivation makes it possible to develop dynamic, self-generating agricultural systems that do not require any chemical fertilizers, pesticides or other artificial inputs.
We produce hundreds of varieties of fruits, vegetables and flowers on about 2.5 hectares outdoors and in an old greenhouse.
We are also working to increase the biodiversity of our spaces to promote pollination and natural balances of nature.
Resilient agriculture begins with healthy, fertile soil.
We cultivate with the following goals in mind:
- Develop and maintain soil health using compost, plant associations, crop rotations, diversification, recycling and many other methods ...
- Make maximum use of local natural resources and limit the use of non-renewable natural resources
- Caring for and caring for animals in the same way that people would be treated,
- Use the power of life cycles and natural ecosystems to control populations of predators or non-beneficial insects,
- Respect the natural life, the native / local biodiversity and the ecosystems on which they depend,
- Help as many people as possible appreciate the good fruits and vegetables and the farmers who produce them.
EVERYTHING STARTS WITH THE SOIL
In a good number of farms in France and in the world, the soil is in very bad condition. Because of industrial production methods, it is estimated that in the last fifty years it is estimated that about 50% of the top layer of soil cultivated in France is lost. The soil is eroded, leached and the water is discharged into the estuaries and rivers that they contribute to pollute (thanks to the pesticides and Nitrates they transport). Once damaged, the soil loses its nutritive capacity and dynamism.
The soil of our crops at Ognon is particularly healthy and we regularly measure the evolution of the organic matter it contains. It should be known that an increase of 1.5% of the organic matter in the soil allows the soil to retain 10.000 liters of additional water per hectare and about 1.5 tons of carbon.
The steady increase in organic matter in the soil of our farm is a guarantee of healthier fruits and vegetables that are richer in nutrients essential for health.