We have integrated the local history where our village town Dor Marunt was formed back beginning of IXX century around the founder - Tany Dor the little one (Dor Marunt is a play on words, Dor is both person name and meaning the dearly missed one, Marunt is the little one).
The country town has integrated another small village called Lady Mary (2km from farm) which is carrying the name of Queen Mary (the direct niece of Queen Victoria) and express the affection of people for the princess Mary at that time, the village being born end of IXX century, during the time that the princess came to Romania to form the crown pair.
We have integrated also the history of one of the biggest horse stud in Romania (still is) founded beginning of XX century by the landlord Camarasescu (former Agricultural Minister) on which former estate we have the farm. The organic compost is coming every year from this local horse stud.
The Frost Valley (another famous local landmark) where we have some of the land located, it used to be full of hemp cultivation, as this area have had a large tradition of hemp cultivation, just 30 meters away from our farm is the former central south plain hemp smelter with built in infrastructure to train freight wagons.
The farm consist of over 70 hectares and 6 gardens.
It is a family farm started by two engineers, with a large experience in oil and gas.
The Biodynamic Gardens were bought back in 2005 having every year different crops and in 2008 we've started the full farming with Cezar directing all works from abroad and flying regularly and spending 1/3rd time in Romania.
The farm and gardens are all in organic agriculture, starting the conversion in 2010 and finishing in 2013. So we are know the third year of fully organic agriculture.
Also in 2010 he started an unconventional agricultural “no till” process and special techniques for weed control.
It took us 10 years to build the experience and we ranged from grains, corn, oilseeds, vegetables, trees (walnuts) medicinal plants.
This year will be the fourth year (first crop in 2013) when we are cultivating hemp having different strains of the plant (cbd, seeds, fiber, tea). For the hemp it took us years of authorizations and control with government authorities.
As the plant is under special conditions and regulations, it is difficult to cultivate it and there are very few hectares being cultivated in the country, exception is the Dutch company which is also the biggest in EU.
After a long battle with agricultural minister, in 2015 we have obtained the first ever issued authorization no. 1 (in the last 25years) for primary processing the plants. They basically redefined after that the norms for hemp in the country.
If in 2013 we had 70 hectars of organic hemp, last year we had approx. 17 crops as follows:
Some other plants we have in the wharehouse are coming from our fields, growing naturally but not under organic certificate: Perforate St John's-wort, celandine, acacia flowers, lime, Yarrow, rosehip, pine buds.
In addition we have many other medicinal plants supplied by the research stations, with organic certificate (salve, different mint strains, melissa, plantain, lavender, rosemarin etc.)
In 2016 we will cultivate a wider range of hemp strains, all the medicinal plants above and some more, flax, safflower and other oilseeds.
We will expand the range of crops by contracting some plants from the research stations, we currently cooperate with 4 of them, each specialized in different medicinal plants and oilseeds.
We have a long term cooperation with a well known professor that had dedicated his life to study hemp for more than 40 years. He developed some of the national strains. He makes us annual visits, share experience, share seeds for various strains. We also visit his plantations in the research station.
Farm is fully equipped with all the seeding, carriage, harvesting, trailers and other agricultural machines needed.
Farm land is very compact and gardens are all in the same town village which makes is easy to control, especially for the medicinal plants (controlling weeds and harvesting is done on daily basis).
Being all organically means that weed control and most of the harvesting, drying, storing process is done manually. For this as explained, we have team of season workers that were trained for each plant separately.
We are currently finishing 240sqm plant (cold pressing centre, laboratories, production hall and invoicing, expediting facilities).
Existing storing capacity for raw materials is for 1000sqm in one silo and two floors wharehouse.
Developing the hemp products has started also with the first hemp crops, and developed during the years, finding the best recipes and having the products tested (lab but also in public networks).
The experience in hemp for the last couple of years allowed us to develop the cbd oil.
We opened our farm site beginning 2014.
So basically we don’t sell any of our crops, we incorporate plants, seeds, cold pressed oils in end products, and the current range of products is only a first shot. The variety, diversity of natural products will be in continuous growth. We expect a large products expansion in 2016, this will include the extra virgin organic oils for consume, medical and cosmetic use, the cosmetics and medicinal products, cbd, food supplements and mix of tees.