Location The farm is located in Corteregona di Calvatone in province of Cremona, in the south-east of the Po valley, far from noisy factories and the bustle of motorways. It covers about 40 hectares within the bounds of the Oglio Sud Natural Park bordering the WWf Oasis “Le Bine” and a site of archeological and historical importance. The areas that are part of the natural parks, oasis and archaeological excavation sites are naturally subject to strict regulations to ensure the safeguard of the environment and nature. This is an ideal setting for a farm specialized in biological production methods to achieve only the highest quality standards for its produce.
The origins It was founded in 1978, taking inspiration by IVO TOTTI‘s teachings, "forerunner" and "pioneer" of the organic farming practice in Italy, Since the beginning we developed our agronomic abilities and knowledge with the aim of promoting the methods and the techniques of organic farming. Our continuous research activity often makes these methods the object of great interest and debate as well as a reference point for both national and international field, favouring the spreading of organic farming method.
The horticultural products Iris vegetables and cereals are grown only in the lands of the cooperative located in Calvatone. Among our cultivations of vegetables there are: Salad (Lettuce, Gentile, Canasta), chicory, (Chioggia, Treviso type, Indivie), courgettes, Delica pumpkins, San Marzano tomatoes and so on.
Breeding in the wild We raise pigs according to the organic method, free in the country. It is a small farm. In this way we recover the rejects of organic pasta of the pasta factory. We produce salami and cotechini.
Processed products For the production and marketing of IRIS brand processed products - pasta, flours, biscuits, crackers, processed tomato - In 1999 IRIS created its own trading company named A.S.T.R.A. BIO. Company’s primary purpose consists of controlling the whole production process of each single item in order to guarantee to the consumer not only the total traceability but mainly the high quality of IRIS products so that they can convey the purity and freshness of our raw materials.
The 100% certified organic pasta factory In may 2005, IRIS acquired the “PASTA NOSARI” pasta factory in Piadena, that is only 6 Km. far from our farm and office in Calvatone, with which we had been cooperating for about ten years. This acquisition allows the Cooperative to concretise its original aim of guarantee to its customers the direct control of the whole organic pasta production process. To this end, some members of the cooperative contribute actively to cultivate organic durum wheat and spelt according to our indications and plannings. The goal is to recognize them a fair compensation that ensures security and continuity to their farm. Today IRIS grows most of the raw materials that are processed in the pasta factory, controls the grains stock at a mill of its own trust and decides the procedures and the times of the milling. Our internal procedure regulates the pasta production so that it starts no later than seven days after the grains milling.