The Monti family, who has a real passion for agriculture which has lasted for over two centuries, has been living at Guzzafame for over 40 years.
The 70 hectares of land surrounding the farm are cultivated to produce corn, wheat, rice and other plants and husbandry has been the main economic activity for the last four generations.
COWS AND MILK
Our cows are bred in two barns and are Holstein Friesian, the kind of cattle which is used for milk production all over the world. We also raise a few Brown Swiss for milk production and Angus crossbreeds for meat production. The herd consists of 400 cows of which 170 are milked twice a day. Our milking machinery has place for 24 cows and milking all of them requires approximately 3 hours for an average daily production of 4000 liters.
Cultivated land extends over an area of 70 hectares, 5 of which for human consumption and the remaining 65 produce fodder for our livestock. We plant Lolium multiflorum in wintertime, and corn in summertime.
RICE AND CEREALS
3 Hectares of land are left for the production of Carnaroli rice, which is planted in May and harvested in September. This variety of rice has not been planted in water, but in dry soil for the last few years.
ORGANIC VEGETABLE GARDEN
Our vegetable garden is certified organic. Growing organic vegetables means that we do not use any chemical herbicide or insecticide to fight against undesired weed and insects. We use plant essences, which are not harmful to neither man nor environment instead.
We pick vegetables by hand and grow seasonal vegetables, like salad, tomatoes, cabbage and many more. We also use three greenhouses where we anticipate seeding when the outside temperature is still too low to plant anything.
Linden trees and acacias allow our beekeeper Mauro Veca to install some hives which provide our shop’s honey.
DONKEYS AND HENS
There are other countryside animals in a hidden corner of Guzzafame Farm: two donkeys, Archimedes and Medea, and a pen with Emus, Muscovy ducks and gooses. Next to them several chicken reared outdoors in a hen-house which guarantees the greatest respect for avian species in commercial farming. The hen have access to a stable with feeders, drinkers and nests but additionally they can move from the stable to an open space, free to roam in an environment which is appropriate to their nature.
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