The initiative to produce extra virgin olive oil underlines the work carried out so far at the Massa Marittima Institute, which began with beekeeping courses at the prison.
The olive oil production represents the second phase of the 'Programma Percorsi in Carcere' as it is carried out in a place far away from the prison. The responsible producer of this excellent olive oil is one of our working members, who is very active in promoting the reputation of our cooperative as a synonym for high quality and respect.
The extra virgin olive oil is the result of the pressing of the fruits of 150 olive trees, located in the upper Maremma, specifically in the Municipality of Sorano, Province of Grosseto, in an area surrounded by nature, far from pollution and from big cities' chaos. On a hillside, these trees enjoy the valley breeze and tramontana wind, which helps the olive trees to grow, making the environment inhospitable to the whitefly, a harmful parasite that feeds on the flesh of the olives. The absence of this arch-enemy of the olive trees allows producers to avoid any preventive action on the plants, including non-invasive action permitted by law; fertilisation is also a completely natural process and pruning is punctual and precise.
The final product is olive oil with a fruity and herbaceous aroma, with a slightly bitter and spicy aftertaste, delicate and not overpowering, able to enrich a simple dish and enhance the flavour of any food.
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- Fruity, herbaceous, with a bitter and spicy taste.
The idea of building something healthy was born in 2014 with the meeting of three people who decided to commit to a project that lays the foundations for the development of a social, sustainable and solidarity economy.
In the wake of enthusiasm and common values, from a simple idea, the Social Cooperative Together let's Help the Community! in 2016 it becomes a reality thanks also to the volunteer collaborators who participate in the meetings and contribute to making every initiative always special and unique.
As per the Statute, the objectives of the Cooperative are multiple and all linked together. By engaging in the dissemination of a production of biosocial products and carrying out activities with services that are useful to the citizen, our Cooperative expects to make use of all those disadvantaged categories that can still donate so much to the community.
Everything that is conceived, designed and built within the cooperative tends to raise public awareness of the concepts of mutuality, equality and respect. Our communication is based on the dissemination of values and basic concepts useful for an aware and active community. Children are the humus of every culture, and it is to them that most of our attention should be devoted in terms of investment. Making use of experts, the Cooperative elaborates paths and initiatives always seeking collaboration with the institutions and with companies sensitive to these issues.
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The social project:
The Social Cooperative Society "Together let’s Help the Community!" works with the intention of creating valid and concrete opportunities to promote the social reintegration of incarcerated and deprived individuals, aiming to curb recidivism and prevent social exclusion. Through the development and implementation of social projects, CoopTHC seeks to overcome these obstacles with the goal of establishing pathways to employment. This is achieved by engaging local agricultural businesses, social enterprises, and associations. This requires a dedicated focus to ensure that the established programs can be highly flexible and adaptable to the situations encountered along their journey. The individuals involved in this project are characterized by their strong spirit and dedication to work, and over time, they have developed a deep sense of belonging to the project.
The beekeeping operation is focused on eco-sustainability, respecting nature and the natural evolution of the bees that inhabit the hives. Currently, the apiary consists of 22 hives and is permanent, meaning that the hives are not moved based on the local crops but remain in the same location, resulting in a multifloral honey product. They are situated in a peaceful environment, free from pollution, far from industrial or busy areas, and distant from crops that use chemical products. The work is carried out without the use of antibiotics or chemical products that could alter the quality of the product and compromise the health of the bees. Additionally, out of respect for the hardworking bees, they never extract all the honey from the frames, allowing the bees to have a good supply for the winter without needing artificial feeding with sugary substances during critical periods.
The production of oil represents the second phase of the "Pathways in Prison" program, as it takes place in a location separate from the prison itself. The fruits cultivated in these lands are then sent to the Massa Marittima Penitentiary, where other inmates work to process and finish the products on behalf of our Cooperative THC, including the packaging. This establishes a production chain that connects the area surrounding the prison with its interior.