Headed by La Granja’s master farmer Andy Szymanowicz and a creative community of various disciplines—not to mention Coco, the all-knowing pig—fertile soil is sown for the free-flowing exchange of energy and restorative growth. Signed and labeled garden plots encourage open access and self-guided tours, and guests can learn about biodynamic agriculture through a series of workshops, classes and community-based projects.


 

 
 
This project spoke to me on so many levels. I could draw on my experience working in Northern California, where the conditions are similar, but at the same time it presented a new set of challenges. Easing the old farm back to life and returning the soil quality was paramount. But it had to be done with a gentle approach, using available resources like captured rainwater and tiered terraces. for water management in an area prone to drought. Beyond those logistics, It was also a chance to get creative designing the farm and gardens-mixing plant families and varieties for the purpose of production, but also of beauty.
— Andy Szymanowicz, the Farmer
 


All about agriculture

 

Composting, mulching, and a high-tech, sustainable approach to water management have returned vital nutrients to the multiple garden plots spread across the property. Old, ridged terraces have been reborn, revealing a seeded curation of the land with 30 assorted seasonal fruit and vegetable varieties, including beetroot, carrot, lettuce, eggplant, tomato, onion, squash, melon, herbs and berries, as well as trees of citrus, apple, nectarine, fig and almond.
 

 
 


Biodynamics play a major role in Andy’s work. He harvests around moon cycles and uses a probiotic spray on the plants or soil-drenches them, a process of lacto-fermentation that activates the plants to fight against disease and fungus by giving them a healthy microbiology. "We are building healthy soils on the farm that feed our plants,” said Andy. “This is the foundation of what we do."
 

 


Sustainable Ibiza

 

In collaboration with the Ibiza Preservation Fund (IPF), La Granja aims to preserve the natural beauty of the island through local initiatives and programs supporting organic farming. Together with other local farmers, we are now developing a breeding program to support the expansion of indigenous local heritage breeds, such as Black Ibicencen sheep and chickens.
 

 
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