Biodynamic farming on Lanzarote
As well as beautiful rooms and apartments at the heart of Lanzarote’s rural landscape, Finca Lomos Altos is home to our sustainable organic farm.
We’ve been growing a variety of vegetables and other plants here since 2010, using biodynamic agricultural methods. This is an approach to organic farming that looks at the elements of a farm – its soil, crops and wildlife – not in isolation but as a single, self-sustaining organism. And it focuses on supporting the local ecosystem to produce high-quality food, without the need for artificial chemicals.
Biodynamic agriculture was originally developed in the 1920s by Rudolph Steiner – philosopher, author and the founder of anthroposophy.
How does it work at the Finca?
The ground at the Finca is covered with the Lapilli lava that’s so typical for Lanzarote. These are porous little stones that absorb moisture from the air and protect the soil from drainage and erosion. This is nature’s way of looking after the local land and plants.
One way in which we’re helping nature along is by introducing ponds and flowforms that enhance the quality of the water we use on the farm. Flowforms are cascades of water designed by John Wilkes. They help water oxygenate again and return to its natural mountain-stream state as much as possible.
We grow many different garden plants, ornamental shrubs, fruit trees and herbs at the Finca, including:
- pepper trees
- orange and lemon trees
- fig trees
- grape vines