Madre Terra was founded in November 5th 1944 with the approval of the land reform launched by Antonio Segni and Fausto Gullo, which assigned uncultivated estates to co-op societies.
After the reform, the uncultivated estates became fertile olive tree grooves at great cost and sacrifice to local farmers and Accursio Miraglia, the trade union leader killed in 1947 by Cosa Nostra.
Today the co-op counts more than 600 associates, its land extending up to 2.000 hectars near Sciacca, which is certified as PDO “Val di Mazara” area.
Sciacca, a nice town that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea on the one side and that is surrounded by S. Calogero mount on the other, was founded by the Phoenicians. Steeped in history, its economy has always been primarily based on fishery and agriculture.
The surrounding area is mainly composed of plains and small hills, where local varieties of Cerasuola, Biancolilla and Nocellara olive trees have been cultivated for centuries.