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.
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."
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.