ISIDE was founded in August 2013 thanks both to the passion of Simone for plants and to dedication of Mariagrazia for officinal herbs. Our company’s name is meant to be a tribute to Isis, who belongs to the group of great Mother Goddesses. She was the goddess of fertility and is known to have taught agriculture to women in ancient Egypt.
Our fields are our grandparents’ fields that got abandoned for many years. Therefore, we decided to give them back life in order to link our past to our future. Our present is the following: 75 acres of land in the towns of Pietradefusi (Avellino) and San Giorgio del Sannio (Benevento). Currently 25 ac are dedicated to aromatic/officinal herbs and the remaining part to traditional crops (with special attention paid to ancient cereal grains such as emmer wheat and spelt), olive trees, a small vineyard, vegetables, several fruit trees and woodlands.
We take care of the environment and our land, which is why Slow Food has awarded us the title of Custodians of Biodiversity in Irpinia territory. We farm using certified organic methods and we follow the principles of natural farming whose father was Masanobu Fukuoka. We are respectful of what nature can offer us and we don’t force the natural course of events even if it means losing some harvests.
This is why we have developed crop rotation plans in order to get high quality genuine products that are ethically sustainable. We harvest and select herbs by hand. We dry them naturally. We distil them slowly without adding chemicals and solvents. We take care of every detail of the production cycle in order to get essential oils, herbal teas and spices, which are all for food use.
Our products are analyzed by specialized university laboratories. They are natural and 100% organic, GMO free, without additives and chemicals. Quality and safety for our consumers are our priority. Our passion for officinal herbs encourages us to study, attend training courses, interact with specialists and research centers in order to improve our work performance and our products.
In addition to being members of Slow Food, we are part of the Italian Federation of Officinal Plants Producers (F.I.P.P.O) and we have been the first company in the Campania region to create a short supply chain (production, processing and distribution) specifically for officinal plants.