Farm Montegrappa’s Pulledraia is located, near the coast, in one of the farms born from the subdivision of the Lorenas’ posessions after World War One.
Even after the unity of Italy, the land of Alberese remained in the Lorenas family’s hands, that had bought it in 1824 from the princes Corsini. Right after the outbreak of World War One the Lorenas, become enemies of Italy for their allegiance to the Austrian kingdom, transferred the land to duke Lante della Rovere, it is unknown if there was a real deed or just a fake one, however the Italian Governament, with a decree signed by the prefect of Grosseto dated March, the 17th 1923, expropriated the land as a possession of a defeated country’s subject.
On January, the 1st 1924, Alberese was assigned to the administration of the Opera Nazionale Combattenti (Fighters National Deed) aka ONC, that completed the reclamation and built about 100 farms giving them the names of the places where World War One had been fought (Bainsizza, Montegrappa, Pasubio, Montesanto, Gorizia, Monte Asolone).
In 1930 the ONC called as sharecroppers for these farms some Venetian families right from the lands of the World War front. It is still possible to hear the Venetian dialect spoken with a Tuscan accent among the inhabitants of Alberese whose surnames are: Marangon, Bettiol, Bredariol, Troncon, Perin, etc…
The farm, near the coast, with its 24 hectares has been the first in Alberese to operate following the rules of organic farming and we keep on following these same rules with perseverance and determination because we are the first consumers of our own products. We have come to this result after eight and a half years of reconversion from traditional farming (the one based on the use of synthetic fertilizers and chemical antiparasitics) to organic farming (from 1983 to 1991 thanks to our old
administrator, mr. Giorgio Verutti) putting great efforts in the rotation of crops.
We would like to stress that with organic farming you gain loads of benefits:
- you produce food that does not contain antiparasitics
- you do not pollute the surrounding air and water tables from where aqueducts draw our water
- you do not pollute the areas surrounding factories that produce plant protection products and chemical fertilizers
- you produce vegetables with better nutritional value and better taste