organic apples
Azienda Agricola Tetto Bernardo

organic apples

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The project

Adopt an apple tree from the farm "Azienda Agricola Tetto Bernardo" in Cuneo (Italy) and receive your organic apples at home. Giovanni will take care of your adoption and take its picture. You will also be able to download the adoption certificate, and if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: Although your adoption will be renewed automatically, you will always be informed in advance and may decide to cancel your adoption at any time as long as the preparation has not yet begun.

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Experienced Farmer
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Cultivation in sparsely populated areas
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Visitors welcome
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What do you adopt?

You adopt an apple tree from our farm in Cuneo (Italy). The cultivation here is certified as organic by the European Union as of 1997. When placing the adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your apple tree. This variety belongs to the Rosaceae. Agronomically, the apple tree is classified as a Pomaceae. This technical term is used for all trees that produce spherical fruit. In nature the apple tree varies between 3.5 and 10 metres in height, but when cultivated it rarely exceeds 3-4 metres. Height is a very important factor to take into account, especially when harvesting by hand. The bearing of apple trees can be columnar, expanded, or pendulous. At our farm we use the columnar habit, this describes a strong central rootstock from which thinner secondary branches originate, and these branches carry the flower and consequently the fruit. As well as the Inored variety we also grow the Royal Gala, these two are the "diamond" products that we grow on our farm. The columnar habit is managed and maintained during pruning by our highly skilled farm workers. The apple tree has a trunk with a grey, very wrinkled bark. The branches, on the other hand, are reddish-brown with a smooth surface. The leaves of the tree are oval and deep green in colour. The leaf shape and margins are important for recognising the variety. The apple tree is one of the oldest fruit species with roots in ancient and popular traditions. There are historical sources attesting to cultivation as far back as the Roman Empire. The apple tree is a hardy tree that adapts very well to almost all Italian microclimates, but it is at its best in hilly and mountainous areas as it is a species that can withstand low temperatures. In winter, the plant can withstand temperatures as low as 0°C and, thanks to its late blossoming, does not suffer from spring frosts. Our apple orchards extend for about 70 hectares and are cultivated in an open and ventilated area. These two characteristics allow us not to have water stagnation that could be potentially dangerous for our cultivation. It also means that the soil is almost always dry, which helps prevent attacks from fungal diseases and pathogens. Our apple orchards all have a southern exposure and are planted in permeable, medium-textured soil that is not too deep. Our farm is located in the central part of northern Italy. We use hail nets to protect our plants from stormy weather and any debris that could damage the fruits. Your adoption is 6 years old and its maximum lifespan is 20 years. For as long as you want to keep your adoption, and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew year after year. If your adoption stops producing for any reason, we will replace it with another, and guarantee you the delivery from the production of other units. Your apple tree produces an average of 30kg of organic apples each season. You do not have to commit to ordering the entire harvest though. Each season you can decide how much you want to reserve, and you pay the maintenance cost according to that amount. This way you only pay for what you plan to consume, and we can offer any surplus harvest to others.

What will you receive?

During the season, you will be able to receive the harvest that you are reserving now: a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 0 boxes. Once you paid for the adoption, you will be able to plan your shipments from your user account. Shipping format: __2,5 kg box of organic apples__ * Gala: 65-70 cm calibre; category II apples, some apples may have slight aesthetic alterations; It is orange-red in colour, sometimes red with a yellow background, rounded truncated cone shape, the pulp is not particularly hard, very juicy and sugary * Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 1997 * Contrary to other fruits, apples cannot be harvested gradually and need to be harvested all at once when having reached their full maturity. In order to avoid food waste and to ensure farmer’s economic stability, they are kept in cold storage, never longer than the current season (maximum of 12 weeks storage) * Shipped in a cardboard box and separated by cardboard inserts to stop the apples from moving too much during transit * Our farm is not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size * One kilo contains between 7 and 8 fruits (the box contains between 18 and 20 fruits depending on the size) * If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last up to 2 weeks in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge)

When will you receive it?

The apples are harvested in August. All the fruit is grown and stored according to organic farming guidelines. The Gala apples are stored in state-of-the-art cold rooms with a controlled atmosphere. We will send apples once a week from September to December.

Why should you adopt?
Know who, how and where your food is produced. Source your food in a conscious, direct and consistent manner.
Buying without intermediaries allows the producer to obtain better prices. This helps generate better jobs and social standards in rural areas.
When you adopt something, you allow the producer to ensure the sale at a fixed price and to produce on demand. This also avoids wasting food that is grown without being sold.
It supports producers who strive for environmentally friendly packaging and cultivation practices.
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