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Eat local in Tenerife thanks to Finca La Caldera Eco Farm

How Finca La Caldera Is Revolutionising Farming in Tenerife

Tenerife may not be considered a top farming destination but don’t let the rugged volcanic landscapes fool you. The lava sculpted, sun-baked earth is rich in nutrients and the gentle sea breeze makes this island an ideal place to grow all sorts of produce. One of the main crops grown on the island is grapes and it is not uncommon to find mini vineyards in people’s back gardens. But, as we are all aware, global warming is causing the climate to change and the growing conditions have become more and more challenging as the years pass by. This calls for innovation and who better to step up to the challenge than Elisa and Isabelle Castro from Finca La Caldera? In their fight to encourage people to eat local food, these sisters have taken their family farm and modernised it to produce enough food to feed the island. Well, via their vegan café at least! 

More About the Eco Farm Finca La Caldera

Located just up the hill from Tierra Café in Puerto Colon, Adeje, this green oasis has been passed down through the Castro family for the last 200 years. It has seen civil war, dictatorship, famine and now, a climate crisis. But, when faced with adversity what does this family do? Innovate. So it may come as no surprise that Elisa and Isabelle have decided to step up to the challenge armed with their weapon of choice – hydroponics. In the south of the island, there is always a shortage of water which makes Finca life problematic, especially when trying to keep crops alive. Hydroponics allows plants to grow without soil in a closed-circuit system which means that a reduced water supply is needed. 

What is Hydroponics?

This space-age style of farming is nothing new. In fact, it has been around since the 1600s when it was only possible to eat local produce. Some even argue that this method of growing food has been around since ancient times. But since water is our most valuable resource, today greater interest has been taken in protecting it, leading to a rise in hydroponic farming. Typically it is only used for crops such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce and other leafy greens since these grow well when their roots are exposed. But, here are some interesting facts about this alternative eco-farming technique: 

  • Plants grown with hydroponics grow 30-50% faster than those grown in the ground.
  • 90% less water is needed to grow plants using hydroponics
  • The word hydroponics comes from the Greek ‘hydra’ meaning water and ‘ponos’ meaning labour.
  • Zero soil is used to grow plants using hydroponics

In short

At Finca La Caldera you can:

• Find out how the hydroponics farming looks like and how it works

• Buy your fresh veggies and fruits directly from the farm in La Caldera´s FARM SHOP

•Order veggie box to the comfort of your home

• With your visit and shopping you are supporting local farming and sustainable living

How are hydroponics used to create local produce at Finca La Caldera?

Hydroponic setups come in all shapes and sizes to fit both indoor spaces as well as outdoor. But, at Finca La Caldera Elisa and Isabelle have opted for flatbeds and vertical towers so that they can optimize their space for growing. There is one main water tank that provides the water and nutrients for these crops and this water gets recycled through the closed-circuit system of the beds and towers creating a controlled environment for the plants to flourish. The harvests are bountiful and since there is no contact with the soil there is a lower risk of the plants becoming damaged from poor nutrition or insects. The result?  More tasty Tenerife food for people who want to eat local

Is it a Pick Your Own? How Can I Taste The Food From the Farm?

For those wanting to visit a farm in Tenerife, you are in luck. Finca La Caldera is open to the public and they have a farm shop for those who want to take something delicious home to eat. Of course, it comes as no surprise that Elisa and Isabelle are big supporters of the ‘Eat Local’ movement. So much so that their crops are used to supply their Tierra Cafe as well as nearby hotels and other vegan cafes Tenerife has to offer. In addition to their farm shop and cafe, the sisters have decided to create a subscription box of veggies from their farm which can be ordered and delivered to your door. Their focus on ethical eating offers a refreshing change from the typical foodie scene that is available in Tenerife right now. And, with such a positive approach to sustainability, these sisters are trailblazing the way forward for organic farming in Tenerife.

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6 thoughts on “Eat local in Tenerife thanks to Finca La Caldera Eco Farm”

  1. We keep going to that farm every week. The fruits are great and fresh everyday. The people there are very friendly. Also, they have some amazing ice cream.

  2. Quit spending fortunes on fruits & veggies from the supermarket. Get them from Finca la Caldera. Local fresh products that will turn you into a healthy freak. I’m grabbing my greens weekly from there!

  3. I was directly in love, will go get my weekly veggies and fruits from there, its fun to get lost in all the diverse offers they have and you support the local farming! Mangos are the best 🙂

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