THE CONSORTIUM AGROBIOLOGICO AGRIBOSCO

The Consortium Agrobiologico Agribosco comprises over 130 members – more than 60 of whom are Umbrians – each member cultivates his farm by adhering to the rules and methods of organic farming; in total we cultivate over 17,000 acres of farm land - 7,400 of which are in Umbria. Umbria, Le Marche, Lazio, Tuscany, Molise and Puglia are among the regions of Italy represented by the Consortium, all regions well suited to the various crops we grow.

Every member of the Consortium is supported by team of expert agronomist technicians. Every growing season, the technicians of the Consortium Agrobiologico Agribosco create our Annual Cultivation Plan. This plan is developed taking into account market demand and total productive capacity; the total target production is then allocated among the various members of the Consortium according to the Annual Cultivation Plan in a way to produce the most optimum qualitative results.

Consortium's members are committed to growing their crops from seeds selected by Agribosco. It is imperative to use only the right seeds in producing our products. As such, we've gone back to the "original seeds," the "ancient seeds" so to speak, which have not been modified over time. Modified seed stocks, such as GMO (genetically modified organisms) are rapidly spreading throughout the world. At Agribosco we use only the "ancient," un-modified seeds. The use of "ancient seed" stock reflects our respect for the bio-diversity of the land and the traditional farming methods of our region. Our members cultivate their plants using only the ancient seeds and in accordance with our rules of production. During all phases of cultivation, from planting the seeds to harvest, the members' crops are subject to inspection by our technicians at Agribosco. Such inspections guarantee to our consumers the quality we promise.

Our "rules of production," developed with care from our years of experience in the field, provide not only a list of growing procedures/methods for our farmers but are also a means through which our members understand our approach to farming, the environment and our relationship with nature. Indeed, our growers tend to their activities with care and respect for the surrounding environment, including cleaning irrigation canals, and maintaining the country roads and the forests that surround the growing fields. All of this is done in an effort to minimize the effects of natural calamities.