When we began operations we decided
to bring the agricultural part of the Estancia into production
over a period of years. We took a conservative approach because
there was a learning curve to starting up an organic farming operation
and we wanted to minimize mistakes. Plus, we wanted to balance
our production with the markets that we were developing. As of
the year 2007 we are farming over 2200 hectares and calculate
that the entire area available for crops will be in use by the
end of the year, perhaps another 800 hectares.
When we are asked, “What crops do you grow?” we answer,
“Anything that our customers want!” Of course there
are limitations as to the crops that will thrive at Buenaventura
and there are considerations of sustainability and crop rotation
but within those limitations our primary goal is to provide the
products in the quantities and forms that our customers require.
To date our crops have been soybeans, corn, sunflowers, safflowers,
sorghum, wheat, black beans and adzuki beans. We grow a variety
of crops each year because crop rotation is essential for the preservation
of the fertility of the soils and is also necessary to enhance biodiversity.
Soybean and Safflower Fields
We are committed to developing a first-class
agricultural operation – one which can produce many thousands
of tons of crops each year. The world market demand for agricultural
products has grown enormously and we think that there is a place
for a family farm which is large and efficient and which can deliver
products at low cost without losing sight of the principles of
sustainability and biodiversity. Since 1998 we have sold our crops
to customers in Argentina, Europe and North America.