7 ORGANIC FLAX FARMING IN FRANCE For growing and scutching the flax (preparing the fiber before spinning), we have worked closely with a group of farmers in Seine-et-Marne, France. Under the attentive and watchful eye of Carlos Devogele (scutcher at Coulommiers), these organic farmers have been cultivating flax for more than 10 years. In this magnificent undulating countryside they have created an organic area of some 400 hectares. Fields where wheat, alfalfa and flax alternate in perfect harmony. The first steps in organic agriculture were not easy, and the period of transition from conventional to organic cultivation demanded extensive research and trials. Some harvests were difficult, and yields were sometimes low. But little by little, techniques were improved: varieties, sowing techniques, mechanical weed treatments... Gradually, the land regained its balance and biodiversity was recreated, with the return of earthworms, ladybirds, and bees. The necessary nutritional and mineral elements are provided naturally. An organic microclimate has been developed where crops are obviously happy and where plants can grow at their natural pace again.
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