- Who: Laia Ribes
- What: Sànima, Herbes d'Eivissa. Esencia Viva Agroecologic Project
- Where: Venda de Benirràs, 147 07815 Sant Joan de Labritja
- Nationality: Spain, Eivissa (Ibiza island)
- Web: www.sanimaherbs.com | www.esenciavivaibiza.com
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1) Who is Laia Ribes?
Laia Ribes, a young entrepreneur born in Ibiza 29 years ago, is founder and head of Sànima, a company devoted to the agroecological production of aromatic and medicinal plants (AMP) in the north of the island. She is co-founder of the Esencia Viva agroecological project together with her partner Raúl Checa, with whom she joined forces in 2014 to set up a space where residents and tourists alike could learn about, respect and enjoy nature. They run open-air sporting activities, workshops, courses and talks at the Can Joan Carreró farm.
2) What’s special about your project?
Sànima, Herbes d'Eivissa, is the result of the Esencia Viva agroecological project, the first of its kind in the Balearic Islands. By growing and hand processing aromatic and medicinal plants they have recovered land on a traditional Ibiza farm that had stood neglected for more than 70 years. The aim is to live from and for the land, through something as therapeutic and relaxing as aromatic plants, creating a top quality product that’s ecological, local and innovative, using sustainable and environmentally friendly methods.
The whole process is done by hand, using no heavy machinery and avoiding even the lightest equipment, putting the emphasis on the energy and love devoted to each gram of plant that we supply direct to the consumer. Our farm is open to visitors on Wednesdays, from 24 January 2018, with two time slots to choose from: 10 a.m. to 12 noon and/or 12 noon to 2 p.m. We run guided tours around the farm, as well as around the open areas in our garden of aromatic, medicinal and culinary plants (currently under construction until the official opening in Spring 2018), our crops and our facilities. Visitors can try our infusions, herbs and spices, with the option of buying our products on the spot.
3) Why Ibiza?
Because it’s my home, and it’s a perfect place for trying to do things a little better.
4) Ibiza is...
A very special place, full of contrasts, where opportunities are plentiful if you work carefully, because of its high international profile and its beautiful natural surroundings.
5) The Ibiza of the future...
I can imagine different Ibizas of the future, some good and others not so good, but it’s up to us to work on achieving the Ibiza we want. An authentic Ibiza, made by building sustainable and creative alternatives to current and future problems, that recovers its land and values the treasure of its fruits.
6) Suggestions for making Ibiza more sustainable...
Working as individuals and as a group to successfully follow a real and effective model of sustainability that’s a tourist attraction in its own right. We can set an example in renewable energy self-sufficiency; managing our resources, including water, the most precious resource of all, as well as our waste; agroecological management in our countryside and good quality local food in supermarkets and markets; sustainability in general.