ETHICAL | ECOLOGICAL | ENVIRONMENTAL | SUSTAINABLE
FARM & PLANTATION
Land Selection & Plantation Location
There has been a tradition of plantation location protection and this is as much a security issue, given the prospective value of the crop and a tradition of secrecy that follows from the wild sources still prized and protected by truffle hunters. We have obtained land purchase opportunities in some of the best truffle areas including a number of small parcels in Uzes, the home of the world’s largest truffle festival, over 40H in ancient Roussillon truffle grounds south west of Perpignan. However, our first 5,000, 3 year old trees are due to be planted out this winter having secured rights over 52H Hectare Domaine Petit Donos in the Corbiere wine land in the Aude department. In addition, we have acquisition opportunities amounting to 38H in Perigord (including the Perigord National Park) among others as a valuable component in our brand development.
Husbandry & Cultivation
Among historically dominant French truffière (truffle growers), achieving successful truffle growth has traditionally been perceived as an ‘art’. This is because many factors go into successful truffle cultivation and little data of these factors has been gathered and analysed reliably beyond the work of MF&A in Spain. These factors form a matrix of inter-related choices and practices including the host tree, the land type, land location, land orientation, previous use, soil types and structure, planting times, densities, pruning, soil nutrient maintenance, weed suppression, inter-planting, distance from other foliage, watering strategies, etc.
We take the optimum of each and apply it to these factors and combine them in our practice. To this we add the latest experimental field outputs from Batea, along with analysis and understandings from other participating plantations to continually develop leading edge best science and management. By doing this successfully, we can achieve the maximum plant health and truffle yields, that are sustainable for in excess of 50 years. Crucially, we do not make plantation location decisions for convenience of management, but for maximisation of return. Plantations will be protected from both wildlife and human interference via appropriate security.
We develop Truffle Farms with the World’s best Truffle Science
WE PLANT THEM IN THE WORLD'S BEST TRUFFLE GROWING SOIL
Forestry for Fine Food