Fire Destroys an Olive Grove in Provence
As in many parts of the world, hot summer months in Provence bring an increased risk of forest fires.
Fire in the Olives
If we ever needed a reminder that all it takes is a spark, our friends at Les Pastras lost 180 olive trees to a grass fire on July 8th. Dry conditions, a bit of wind, and a spark from a weed trimmer was all that it took to ignite a small grass fire. Local firefighters responded quickly, controlling the blaze and limiting the damage.
Luckily for the Pepins, the fire did not impact the main house and other buildings. The balance of the olive grove, the grapevines, beehives, fruit trees and truffle oaks were all spared as well. However, the loss of 180 highly productive olive trees is impactful to Les Pastras production. The event was also sad as Johann Pepin planted each tree with the help of his wife Lisa and his now-deceased grandfather, from whom he inherited the property. Read the Les Pastras newsletter announcement here.
How can you help?
Les Pastras is an organic farm near Cadenet in the Luberon. Purchase some of the delicious culinary products. The list is below, and please email firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order.
Book a truffle hunt or order some truffle products. Read Les Pastras Gourmet Pursuits Unearthing Truffles for more background on the delightful owners.
Inquire about the annual old school grape stomps at Les Pastras.
Ask about the Les Pastras adopt a tree program.
Image Credits: All photos were provided by and published with the permission of Les Pastras