Suzie’s yard is a 13 hectares smallholding. We make our own extra virgin oil, our own wine, we make soap from old oil, we have bees and sell raw honey, we grow our own vegetables, make our own bread, have planted a fruit orchard for jams, lots of herbs and we chop our own firewood … and we grow our own wheat and spelt.
As well as growing, seven years ago we helped found a purchasing group of families who want to buy all their food from local farms. We’re about 25 families now and we buy our meat, cheese, cereals, flour and pasta directly, cutting out the middleman. The farmers get a better deal, we get a guarantee of quality and safety: it’s a win-win.
It’s been a huge learning curve (one that doesn’t ever finish), and we’ve made some mistakes along the way. We’ve had a lot of local help, and in the last three years a wealth of WWOOF volunteers, young willing people who have donated their energy and time and participated.
Extra virgin olive oil, raw honey, tomato sauce, artisan soap, bags of bay leaves and our first wine this year. You can buy all our products directly from our farm and a selection on line.
Our philosophy is to look at how it’s always been done. And then to look at it objectively, as if we had just landed from another planet.
The area where Cetona is located is part of the Val di Chiana.The whole length of the Val di Chiana, from Umbria to the plains of Lazio, still touches the core of the Etruscan epic. The Sienese part is home to bounteous wisdom: first agriculture, then art, then the solid, vital foundation of water. Three elements that define the civilization of ‘living life to the full’.
Four reasons to grow organically: Organic is healthier for us (we eat the food we grow), healthier for you, and healthier for the land. The last reason that we are organic is because we can be.; because we can, we feel we should.
At Suzie’s Yard we offer people a connection between the food they eat, the land where it is grown and the real people who grow it.
Food production has to be sustainable. Whilst farming we have a moral responsibility towards our land resources, water resources, today’s generations and tomorrow’s.