Arantruf is a family company producing organic blueberries and black truffles from Perigod.
A family business created in 2007 with the purpose of producing Organic Blueberries and Black Perigod Truffles, in a 28 hectares precoast range field precordillerano sector of the City of Lautaro, heart of the Araucanía region.
Jorge, my oldest son, a senior agricultural student was in charge of executing the project from its origins. He started Arantruf’s story.
Different advisors whom we consulted before doing the plantation recommended us to plant at the beginning with conventional system, that is, using all kinds of chemical products until plants were around 2 or 3 years old and from that moment start to make the conversion to organic.
When we proposed the idea of starting organic from the beginning, they told us that it was not right and that the plantation could not express its maximum productivity and that if we wanted to do this as a business, we would never achieve it.
In 2008, the Blueberry plantations (7.2 hectares) of the Brigitta and Legacy varieties and the black truffles (5.5 hectares) mycorrhizated on Quercus Ilex and Quercus Robur trees also began.
We were stubborn with our idea and with a very strong conviction that it could be achieved, we did the opposite of what the experts said was the right thing to do.
We decided to plant organic, from the beginning our plants were never subjected to the harmful pressure of any type of pesticide, herbicide or agrochemical, which resulted in organic blueberries of superior quality and flavor, which is as close to what a wild fruit can be.
At the beginning it was very difficult to fight against weeds, which were very aggressive, and also the existence of only a few fertilizers certified for organic use made it difficult to consolidate our field.
Thanks to our perseverance and stubbornness we never gave up and proved that we could.