The organic Farm

THE CULTIVATIONS


Cerretino property covers more than 20 hectares of land partially cultivated, partially covered by woods and partially dedicated to the pasturage.
The seeds, the vineyard, the olive grove and the vegetable garden are cultivated in compliance with the organic farming methods and in the respect of the very ancient farming traditions: slightly deep tillage, organic fertilizing using our animals manure or green manure leguminous plants, use of natural products, as sulphur and copper, respect of season cycles, of the shifts, of pruning and of fields laying fallow.
The Farmhouse slow rhythms are still today marked by the nature and its production cycles: the sowing, the vegetable garden production, the threshing, the grape harvest, olives hand-picking. All the fruits given by the land every year are obtained thanks to the combination of manual production methods and modern techniques able to ensure high quality and genuine products.
The wheat, barley, corn, sunflowers, fodders (medical herb and clover) are used in our farmhouse as food for our animals; the oil, wine, “Vin Santo” wine and the vegetables are, on the contrary, used in the Inn and can be bought by our guests.

THE VEGETABLE GARDEN


In our about 1 hectare vegetable garden we use an organic farming respecting the lunar calendar and grow different kinds of vegetables and officinal plants, which are used in the Inn for the preparation of tasty dishes and rich menus suitable for vegetarian cuisine lovers (salads, tomatoes, carrots, peppers, courgettes, aubergines, broad beans, beans, peas, cabbages, potatoes, garlic, onions, celery, etc.)

THE WOOD


The wood is mainly constituted by forest trees: oaks, maples, hornbeams, chestnuts and other broad-leaved plants. This is the kingdom of mushrooms, truffles and chestnuts which are picked up during Autumn to be served in the Inn. From the wood we obtain also the wood necessary to the Farmhouse use, with a particular attention to the cut. In winter the wood is given to our guests to be used in the apartments fire places.

THE ANIMALS


At Cerretino we breed poultry (gooses, chicken, ducks, guinea fowls, turkeys, pigeons) and sheep producing wools and lambs.
The animals stay in a wide shadowy pen, in the middle of a little wood close to the farmhouse buildings, which protect them against foxes, badgers, porcupines, stone martens incursions.
They are all fed with organic poultry feed produced in the farm and have wide spaces for pasturing.
Their meats are used for tasty roasts and casseroles.
We have also 10 beehives of very active bees under the olive groves shadow, giving us their tasty honey, which is served to our Farmhouse guests for breakfast.

FARM PRODUCTS SALE


It is possible to buy in the Farmhouse our organic products to taste at home the same genuine flavour you have tried during your holiday by us.
There is the availability of:
- Red Wine (D.O.C. Colli Altotiberini)
- White Wine (D.O.C. Colli Altotiberini)
- Vin Santo (a liqueur-like wine obtained from white withered grapes).
- Extra virgin olive oil (D.O.P. Colli del Trasimeno, obtained by cold pressing of hand picked olives).
- Honey (from different flowers or acacia)
- Vegetables
We organize also oil and wine samplings paired with bread, salami and cold pork meat and typical Umbria cheese.

EDUCATIONAL FARMHOUSE


Fattoria del Cerretino, being a farmhouse, carries out also an educational activity, offering visit tours or daily stays to students groups or to young people groups.
The activities offered aim at passing to the visitors that knowledge about nature, cultivation methods and organic farming, on farming traditions in the preparation of typical and local gastronomic products, aiming at arising the interest in farming culture use, promoting the tourism in a rural environment and making young people aware of the environment respect.
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