Sustainability is very important for us. And it makes for better food, too.
Ecology: many of our farmers can’t afford to get full “bio” certification, and we don’t tell them how to grow their food. But most of Amfora’s farmers use no sprays, fertilizers, irrigation or treatments of any kind, apart from pruning and maintaining their land through mulching and clearing brush. However, some farmers do minimal treatments, and we’ll tell you which ones.
Zero waste: recycling won’t save the planet. Instead at Amfora we re-use. Buying a 5L amfora means 10 heavy glass olive oil bottles out of circulation. If we replace your container, we clean the old one and re-use it for someone else. We’re building a fleet of electric delivery vehicles for last mile delivery, and transport our products to market in as much bulk as we can.
Revitalizing communities: We pay our farmers a 20-50% premium to prevailing prices, with long term supply contracts. Small farmers are abandoning their land across the Mediterranean, as supermarket competition has pushed prices down to ridiculous levels. Sons and daughters see no future in farming their parents’ land and are leaving for the cities. Villages are ageing and dying, olive groves turning wild, and traditional ways of life are being lost. Amfora is an attempt to stop this, so creating beautiful artisanal food can be profitable again.