Organic cultivation is based on the natural fertility of the soil, without using synthetic substances or GMOs, and it only employs natural elements (such as manure and compost) that do not alter the integrity of the soil. The purpose is to supply consumers with products entirely free from synthetic chemicals while at the same time guaranteeing biodiversity.
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Maria Rosa Ghiringhelli's family from Gambara, in the Brescia province, has promoted organic agriculture for over 30 years and is now a leading company when it comes to organic cultivation in northern Italy. Over the years, it started collaborating with Idromeccanica Lucchini SpA to receive support for this adventure
30 years of organic cultivation
Maria Rosa and her husband Ettore started dealing with organic cultivation in the mid-1990s - when the topic was just in the early stages and reserved to a niche of consumers - by founding L'Ambiente Naturale. During those first years, the produce was mostly sold locally. Ghiringhelli's intuition proved right, as organic farm-to-table products are now a major trend within contemporary agriculture. Organic cultivation evolved over the years and is now regulated by strict specifications that envision accurate checks on the land and products.
Vegetables are grown depending on their seasonality and, thanks to the license available all over the European Union, they are commercialized in various countries. L'Ambiente Naturale is currently managed by the couple's sons Pietro and Giovanni, and covers around 40 hectares.
The intervention of Idromeccanica Lucchini SpA
Open-field organic cultivation requires a large space to be left between organic crops and other types of crops to avoid contamination. In order to guarantee the protection of the organic soil and not to waste land, the Ghiringhelli family, together with Idromeccanica Lucchini, decided to extend the area covered with a greenhouse to protect the crop from pests, insects and all those external agents that can alter product quality.
The technology employed
The Multyhortus multiple greenhouse was put up by Idromeccanica Lucchini without the need for concrete foundations that could contaminate the soil. It is completely self-sustainable and built using material that can be reused, suitable for organic cultivation and covered in recyclable polyethylene. What is more, the multiple structure means gutters can be installed to collect water that can then be reused for irrigation, thus avoiding waste.
For all the crops typical of periods with a more rigid climate, non-woven fabric is used to protect plantlets and can be recycled when it is no longer needed. What is more, corn-starch biodegradable mulching films can be used to protect crops against pests.
Lucchini greenhouses for organic crops
Idromeccanica Lucchini can meet the specific needs of any organic company. In addition to traditional polyethylene covers, greenhouses can be equipped with nets to protect the crops against insects and avoid external contaminations that may alter their organic integrity.
Irrigation systems can be installed both in greenhouses and open fields with the purpose of obtaining the best results without wasting water. Idromeccanica Lucchini helps producers choose the best greenhouse for their specific needs and strictly adheres to organic specifications. All requests can be met.