A previously abandoned cattle farm, established in 1999. Paso Robles is a 170 ha organic banana farm.
Named Paso Robles because it had a beautiful lane through the middle of the farm lined with tropical oaks (Robles). In the process of planting bananas, we made sure that all the native trees were preserved. As a result, we have many trees inside the banana production, creating a natural habitat and corridor for the birds and other animals to move freely through the farm. 100 ha are dedicated to organic bananas, 35 hectares to dairy and cattle, and 35 ha to biodiversity. The waste of the bananas is used as part of the food intake of the cows. The manure produced by the cows is then used for compost.
Paso Robles uses the sprinkler irrigation system. It requires bananas to be planted in a hexagon shape. It can up saving 50% more water than the traditional flooding systems and reduced the loss of nutrients from 70% to 30% loss.
Quinta Pasadena was established in 2002. An abandoned 286ha farm, now home to bananas and cattle.
Named Quinta Pasadena, which means “crown of the valley”. The farm was not only large and abandoned, but it also had severe problems, requiring significant investments. To guarantee productivity, we invested a considerable amount in farming technology, such as dikes, drainage and irrigation systems.
In Pasadena, we use the drip irrigation system, which means we use double lines. We found it to be one of the most efficient ways to irrigate banana plants, as it guarantees saving up to 70% more water than the traditional flooding systems and only 5% of the soils' nutrients are lost.
Animal Husbandry & Fertilizer (biol)
Since 2020, we have been working on setting up our bio-fermentation factories. With them, we will go from partly producing our own fertiliser to being entirely self-sufficient. Additionally, making these fertilisers also known as “Biol", will improve the soil's fertility and reduce the high amounts of burning fossil fuels that come with the transportation of imported fertilisers. By doing this we are also are reducing waste from the packaging materials such as artificial plastics and cardboard, which also travel hundreds and thousands of miles.