Hot Farm Rodinovi Best Practices

Name of Organization: Hot Farm Rodinovi

Region of Operation: Strashimirovo village, Varna county, North East region of planning

Size of Cultivation: 0.9 ha

Years of Production: 18 years

The unique farm is strategically situated in a close proximity of the Sea capital of Bulgaria – Varna. It specializes in the production of hot chili peppers and their food products such as sauces, canned, dried, marinated peppers and pastes.

They were established as the first hot pepper farm in Bulgaria and has started as a small family business. Eventually their production grew and they began to attract consumers and tourists for short tours around the farm land and production premises.

In the farm around 150 varieties of chilli peppers are cultivated. They production cycle is closed: from planting of the best selected seeds to the harvest and processing of grown peppers. The CSA approaches implemented by the company include:

  • careful selection of seeds and use of heirloom varieties for multiple production
  • early preparation of the seedlings (Mid December)
  • greenhouse climate-and temperature-control and pests-safe environment
  • minimal fertiliser usage
  • selection of produce of supreme nutritional and visual qualities

Recently the farm opened its premises for guided tours for visitors. The vicinity to major Black sea coast resorts such as Golden sands, Albena and Varna eased the flow of tourists who are interested to know more about methods of production and to taste and buy some of the various products manufactured on place.