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encyclopedia of the farm

A Vegetative Deep Dive
into the Inner Workings of La Granja Ibiza

encyclopedia of the farm
A Vegetative Deep Dive
into the Inner Workings of La Granja Ibiza
Days at La Granja start early, when the gardens hang in mist and the cool dawn air fills with birdsong and the chirping of insects. Soon the farmers arrive. They feed the chickens and a fat brown Iberian hog named Coco. As the sun rises over the pinewoods and aromatic fruit trees of Ibiza’s wild north, the farmers begin to harvest the crops that will wind up in La Granja’s kitchen, where morning preparations are already underway.
Play sound Listen to an environmental soundscape of the farm.

Since opening five years ago, La Granja, a 10-hectare biodynamic farmstead anchored by an 18th-century stone house, has become a polestar for a new and growing movement on the Balearic island. Nodding to Ibiza’s authentic hippie heritage and locally rooted vision of a greener, slower future, today’s La Granja is a laid-back agroturismo project that also functions as a platform for discourse on farming, sustainability and our relationship with the food we eat.

But the best way to understand La Granja is to begin, quite literally, at the roots. We followed a selection of crops as they made their way from soil to sustenance in a highly sustainable, zero-waste process presented by the farmers, cooks, critters and creative minds who make the farm what it is today.

Encyclopedia

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Avocado

  • Originated in south-central Mexico
  • May help to ward off cancer and inflammation and assist digestion and heart health
  • Harvested from late spring to early fall
  • 4-7 years seed to harvest

Chili

  • Originated in Mexico
  • May help promote weight loss and relieve pain
  • Grown in summer
  • 60-95 days seed to harvest

Carrot

  • Originated in Persia
  • Improves health of eyes, skin, hair, growth, and immune system
  • Grown year round
  • 60-80 days seed to harvest
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Eggplant

  • Originated in southern Asia
  • Strengthens bones, reduces symptoms of anemia, improves cognition and cardiovascular health, protects the digestive system
  • Grown in summer
  • 100-150 days seed to harvest

Greens

  • A great source of beneficial plant compounds like antioxidants and polyphenols
  • Strengthens heart health, lowers risk for numerous chronic diseases
  • Grown year round
  • 2-3 weeks seed to harvest

Herbs

  • Rich with unique antioxidants, organic compounds, essential oils, vitamins and phytosterols
  • Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Thought to strengthen immunity and reduce risk of various diseases
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Green Bean

  • Originated in Peru
  • Contains vitamins A, C, K, folic acid and fiber
  • Supports brain health, repairs cell damage and strengthens bones
  • Grown in summer
  • 50-55 days seed to harvest

Lavender

  • Originated in the Mediterranean and Middle East
  • Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, can help heal minor burns and insect bites
  • Grown in summer
  • 14-21 days from seed to harvest

Pepper

  • Originated in the Americas
  • Improves eye health and reduces risk of cancer, anemia and heart disease
  • Grown late spring to early fall
  • 60-90 days seed to harvest
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Strawberry

  • Originated in the Americas
  • Contributes to skin and hair health, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke
  • Grown in spring
  • 5 months to a year or more seed to harvest

Tomatoes

  • Originated in the South American Andes
  • Improves heart and skin health, may prevent cancer and other diseases
  • Grown late spring to summer
  • 60-80 days or more seed to harvest

Watermelon

  • Originated in Africa
  • Improves heart and eye health, lowers inflammation, assists with digestion and hydration
  • Grown in summer
  • 80 days seed to harvest
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Watermelon
  • Probably originated in Persia
  • Harvested in late spring and fall
  • Rich in nutrients thought to lower cholesterol and improve eye health
Watermelon 2
  • Harvested in late spring and fall
  • Probably originated in Persia
  • Rich in nutrients thought to lower cholesterol and improve eye health
Watermelon 3
  • Rich in nutrients thought to lower cholesterol and improve eye health
  • Harvested in late spring and fall
  • Probably originated in Persia
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Levander
  • Probably originated in Persia
  • Harvested in late spring and fall
  • Rich in nutrients thought to lower cholesterol and improve eye health
Levander 2
  • Harvested in late spring and fall
  • Probably originated in Persia
  • Rich in nutrients thought to lower cholesterol and improve eye health
Levander 3
  • Rich in nutrients thought to lower cholesterol and improve eye health
  • Harvested in late spring and fall
  • Probably originated in Persia
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Tomatoes
  • Probably originated in Persia
  • Harvested in late spring and fall
  • Rich in nutrients thought to lower cholesterol and improve eye health
Tomatoes 2
  • Harvested in late spring and fall
  • Probably originated in Persia
  • Rich in nutrients thought to lower cholesterol and improve eye health
Tomatoes 3
  • Rich in nutrients thought to lower cholesterol and improve eye health
  • Harvested in late spring and fall
  • Probably originated in Persia
  • Writer Charly Wilder
  • Directors Studio Airport
  • Camera Operators Luuk de Kok & Mischa van Schajik
  • Producers Lawrence Hazen & Hanna Thalén
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