When the Giori family took the path of organic cultivation was an act of responsibility towards nature that could not be postponed and as an act of commitment to man that needed to be assumed, looked ahead and accepted for themselves that the path of biodynamic agriculture would open up naturally with the arrival of the sheep. These animals, at the same time common and legendary, blessed and docile, became part of the production system, providing the coffee plants with the nutrition needed and the Farm, as a whole, the energy of peace and gentleness necessary for a systemic balance.


Sheep were chosen because they are small ruminants, because of their docility, because they could graze between the lines of the coffee plantation at certain times of the year, for weeding and weed control, and above all because, within the view of regenerative and integrative agriculture, manure is the most precious of all fertilizers.

When Fazenda Giori decided to practice effective integration with all the nature’s elements, in such a way as to provide balance and effective sustainability in agricultural management, it adopted as a truth and guideline the words of Rudolf Steiner in the book Fundamentals of Biodynamic Agriculture, that “a thoroughly healthy farm should be able to produce within itself all that it needs” and all things necessary to the farm’s production “should try to possess it within the farm itself (including in the ‘farm’, needless to say, the due amount of cattle)”. It was based on this belief that the Farm embarked on efforts to make possible to achieve self-sufficiency in the nutrition and revitalization of the land from the production of manure from its herd.

Only after integration could the farm effectively perceive itself as a coherent, cohesive, agricultural organism.

And to achieve self-sufficiency it would be necessary for the number of animals in the herd to be sufficient or as close as possible to the need for manure for the balanced and essential nutrition of coffee and the pastures themselves. This was the reason Fazenda Giori sought to keep as many sheep in its agricultural organism as necessary to meet the needs of the coffee plantation and the farm as a whole.


And for integration to take place in practice, sheep carries humanized creation in all stages of the animal's life. Sanitary control and maintenance of the health of the herd takes place both through management based on biodynamic practices and principles, and through the use of homeopathy, in which the promotion of the balance and well-being of the animals is the key to disease control.

In the vision of Fazenda Giori, which is the vision of agriculture that cares and heals, the manure of healthy animals, which are raised with freedom to develop their potential and harmonizing with the whole, represents more than simple nutrition for the soil, it represents its own vitality.

This is the story of the sheep farming into the agricultural organization of Fazenda Giori. And that's how “aprisco” – the name given to the house that protects animals, providing them comfort and protection on rainy days – was born: to shelter the desire to relive the legend of the discovery of coffee by a shepherd and to constantly remind us of our vocation of care, as shepherds, and multiplication – through cultivation – as farmers.