The agricultural company “Juntos” collaborated with the Association of Neighbors of Corona, with the support of the Consell, the municipality of San Antonio and IbizaPreservation
Santa Inés, December 15, 2021 – The agricultural company Can Escarrer SL, known as “Juntos”, has stated today the planting of 1540 almond trees in the Pla de Corona, in a joint initiative with the Association of Neighbors of Corona to recover the iconic place of Santa Inés.
In an event open to the media, the farmers of “Juntos” began to plant the almond trees in the holes dug after the excavation of those trees that had reached the end of their productive life.
Using ecological and regenerative agricultural practices will be replanted between December and January in an area of 9.60 hectares 1540 almond trees. Normally this type of tree will take about five years to start flowering and bearing fruit.
“We are honored and grateful for the trust that local owners have given us to replant these iconic fields; we believe in both the almond business and its regenerative cultivation potential, given its water efficiency and resistance to fungi,” said Christian Jochnick, director of Juntos, a collective of farms focused on the regeneration of the land through innovative and traditional techniques. The company already planted about 800 almond trees on its first farm, Can Escarrer de San Mateu, in 2019.
“We hope to have found a mutually beneficial model with the owners and that we can continue to strengthen in the future. We are very excited about our contribution to the collective effort to protect this natural treasure in the Pla de Corona and so that future generations can enjoy the flowering of the magical flower,” added Jochnick.
“For us it is a privilege and an honor that they come to help us put what is the Pla de Santa Inés in conditions as it was in the past,” confirmed María Ferrer de la Corona Neighborhood Association. “These initiatives give life and joy to the people of Santa Inés and to all of Ibiza because the countryside belongs to everyone and we must recover it for everyone.”
It is the latest in a series of actions to recover this very traditional crop of the island of Ibiza, which has been lost in recent decades due to the abandonment of agricultural land and the emergence of tourism as the main economic engine.
According to the Consell d’Eivissa, the productive area of almond trees today is only equivalent to about 100 ha, and most of the fields, including those of the iconic Pla de Corona, are in a situation of neglect with the trees near the end of their biological life, which is about 70 years. Therefore, the Consell insists on the importance of expanding the area of the almond tree plantation through this collaboration with the Neighbors.
The initiative also has the approval of the Sant Antoni Town Hall. Attending today’s event, Miguel Ángel Costa, agriculture technician, has indicated that from the Town Hall, they hope that interest will skyrocket among others of the residents of Corona to join the plantation project. This initial stage was formalized with the support of the IbizaPreservation Foundation, which acted as an interlocutor between the interested parties.
“From IbizaPreservation we have always supported initiatives related to the recovery of the almond tree, not only because it is part of the heritage of the island, but also the almond is a superfood with a multitude of nutritional benefits and should be appreciated for this reason,” said Gabrielle Gambina, coordinator of Ibiza Produce, IbizaPreservation project that promotes the revitalization of the soils and landscapes of the island.