organic Tarocco oranges
Bio Agrumi Monasteri
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The project

Adopt an orange tree from the farm "Bio Agrumi Monasteri" in Floridia SR (Italy) and receive your harvest in the form of organic Tarocco oranges at home. The Farmer Angelo will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will 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: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

The project

Adopt an orange tree from the farm "Bio Agrumi Monasteri" in Floridia SR (Italy) and receive your harvest in the form of organic Tarocco oranges at home. The Farmer Angelo will take care of your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will 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: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

What do you adopt?
Adopt an orange tree that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2000. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your orange tree. You adopt a Tarocco tree. Our Tarocco oranges are 100% organic and are produced on our farm with respect for nature and its biodiversity. The Tarocco orange is the most typical Sicilian citrus fruit, as this variety is native to the island. It has an orange flesh with red stripes, full of juice and aroma. It is easy to peel and can be yellow, orange or red depending on the level of ripening and the climatic conditions of the production area. Tarocco orange is the result of a spontaneous genetic modification detected by a Sicilian farmer in the Francofonte area at the end of the 19th century. The popular blood orange juice as most people know it originally comes from Tarocco oranges, and is a typical Sicilian and Italian tradition. Something particular about the Tarocco is that once it is ripe, it needs to be picked straight away as it becomes heavy and its weight can make it fall from the tree very easily. One of the particularity of the Tarocco is its orange flesh with red stripes that resembles the colour of blood, hence its nickname “sanguinello” (blood orange). The productive life of an orange tree is around 60 years. For as long as you want to keep it and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew your adoption year after year. If your orange tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. A orange tree from our farm produces an average of 66 kg each season. You do not have to commit to the consumption of the whole harvest. Each season you may decide what quantity to reserve and pay the maintenance in accordance with the amount you reserve. This way you will only pay for what you consume and we can plan and sell the remaining harvest amount to others.
What will you receive?
During harvest season you can progressively receive the quantity of harvest that you reserve on the moment of adoption. Shipping format: __6 kg box of Tarocco oranges__ * Tarocco (December - end of January): has an orange flesh with red stripes and a reddish jiuce, it has no seeds, its flavour is sweet, while keeping the sour touch of citrus fruit * Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming seal since 2000 * Harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in plastic free a cardboard box * We do not store the fruit in cold chambers, they go directly from the tree to your doorstep * The box includes some extra fruits, in case some of them arrived damaged * One kilo contains between 5 and 7 fruits (the box contains 36 fruits approximately, depending on the size) * If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 2-3 weeks in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge) Don’t be put off by the fact that not all oranges in the box are identical and some of them may appear a bit dark or stained, this is perfectly normal when consuming fruit that is 100% organic and has not been treated with any chemicals or pesticides. The best way to store Tarocco is in a cool, dark and dry place. If you keep them refrigerated they can last for up to 5 weeks. The master box is made of cardboard and is plastic free. If you like [lemons](https://www.crowdfarming.com/en/farmer/bio-agrumi-monasteri/up/adopt-a-lemon-tree-femminello-siracusano-monasteri), [oranges](https://www.crowdfarming.com/en/farmer/bio-agrumi-monasteri/up/oranges-monasteri), [grapefruits](https://www.crowdfarming.com/en/farmer/bio-agrumi-monasteri/up/adopt-a-grapefruit-tree-monasteri) and [mandarins](https://www.crowdfarming.com/en/farmer/bio-agrumi-monasteri/up/mandarins-tardivo-di-ciaculli-monasteri), have a look at our other projects.
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date shipments begin. You can plan all the deliveries once you completed the adoption process. The Farmer will collect your harvest on demand and just before shipment so you will receive it fresh, not treated with wax or other preservatives. The harvest season of the Tarocco is between December and January. The shipment will happen on a weekly basis between December and January.
Why should you adopt?
* Learn who produces your food, how and where. Receive your food in a conscious manner. * Buy directly from the farmer. Help to generate wealth and better jobs in the rural areas. * Plan ahead and enable the Farmer to produce on demand. This way we can avoid overproduction and fight food waste. * Reward Farmers who make an effort to use environmentally-friendly packaging and cultivation techniques.
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Buy a single box
Plastic-free
Organic
Fresh and in season

How does it work?

Meet the Farmers

Meet the Farmers

Adopt and plan your harvest

Adopt and plan your harvest

Let the Farmer and nature work

Let the Farmer and nature work

Receive your harvest at home

Receive your harvest at home

Adoptions available until the 07/12/2020
Delivery starting on the 10/12/2020

Adopt an orange tree

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Select the number of boxes you would like to reserve. Minimum is 12kg and maximum is 66kg.

2
(12.00 kg)
2
12.00 kg

Delivery country Spain

Adoption

25.36€ / Season

(logistics cost not included)
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Angelo Gibilisco
Our history dates back to 1957, when my father Rosario Gibilisco, a simple blue-collar worker, but with a great love for the land, purchased a plot of about 5000 square meters in which he often invested and sacrificed his salary and the limited free time available. He and my mother, Stella, loved working the land and spent any time they had available planting, watering and growing fruits and vegetables that they would pick and cook for the family every day. One of my earliest memories is eating oranges while walking among the trees with my father - To this day, every morning I eat about 20 or 25 oranges and mandarins for breakfast. When Valeria and I got married we went to live on the farm in Monasteri where we had all our children and have been here ever since. As a family, we spend a lot of time together, even each one of us gets on with their tasks on a daily basis, we come together around the table every evening for dinner and we get to share things or just chat about the day. We don’t go out at night much, also because we rise very early in the morning and we tend to go to bed early as well. We live a simple life but one that is filled with pride and passion for our work and I think this gets reflected in the quality of our products. __Angelo and his son Renato Gibilisco__ Although Renato and I are involved full time in the running of the farm, we also have our seasonal team of eight pickers that work with us during harvesting, as well as Sara and Valeria, my daughter and wife who work more on the administration and accounting side. Renato and I tend to plan tasks on a daily basis. Every morning we go around the land for a daily inspection, we check that everything is in order, we look for possible intervention to the trees and plants, we decide if the soil needs weeding, treatments, irrigation, etc. When it is time for harvesting we set a weekly plan and we organise the work with the rest of the team until all of the fruits are picked, boxed and shipped. Renato strongly believes in biodynamic agriculture and is studying its processes. He is now preparing the land for cultivation in BIODYNAMIC. When he graduated from high school he went travelling around Europe and stayed in Germany for five years. When he decided to go back to university and returned to Sicily, one afternoon he came with me for an inspection in one of the plots and he stopped and said: “Dad, I am not going to university, I am going to work with you on the land and we are going to turn our cultivation into biodynamic!”. We are happy to be part of CrowdFarming as we want to share our farm life with CrowdFarmers around the world and we want to give them the opportunity to adopt our trees and have a closer first-hand experience with farming, agriculture and nature.
Angelo Gibilisco

“I have been around oranges and lemons since I was a very little child, when my father used to take me to the fields with him. I have dedicated all my life to growing citrus and I have never grown tired of it. I am still eager to explore, learn and develop new projects and new ways to grow and improve our farm. I am very happy that Renato, my son, shares my passion and love for the land and it gives me great joy to know that this will be my legacy to future generations. Thanks to CrowdFarming we are now able to offer our fruits directly to consumers and we can’t wait to hear their reviews and comments about our products.”

Bio Agrumi Monasteri
Bio Agrumi Monasteri
Our farm is in Monasteri (Floridia SR). There are four of us in Monasteri full-time, me Angelo, Valeria, my wife, Renato and Sara, my two children who live and work in the farm with us. We also have seasonal workers who come and help us during harvests. Monasteri is a special area and perfect for growing citrus because the altitude is not too high, perfect for nurturing citrus-based cultivation. In fact, the optimal altitude for citrus should not be over 250 meters above sea level. Our house in Monasteri is an old millstone built in 1880 - Before it became a citrus farm the farm was a vignard. The land conversion was done in 1955, when the previous owner changed its cultivation to citrus and then in 1980, my father purchased the land to cultivate citrus, the same ones as today. We are located across a number of plots around the River Ciane area (a natural reserve) and Contrada Monasteri which is a very fertile area in the South East of Sicily. Our altitude is approximately 100 meters above sea level – This is the optimal height to grow the best possible quality citrus. We promote biodiversity in the farm as we integrate our cultivation using beehives in our cultivated plots, ladybugs and different types of trees and plants. Our farm is based on sustainable cultivation and respect for nature. We use the ‘cover crops’ (sovescio) method, which is an agronomic practice that allows us to maintain or even increase the soil fertility by planting special crops such as legumes, cruciferous plants and grass in the soil. This system has allowed us to improve the organic substance to the soil, which helps slowing down the erosive process and reducing drought because the humus in the soil retains the water. The area around the Farm is very rich with local fauna. There are ducks, flamingoes, fish and reptiles around the River Ciane, while hawks, rabbits, owls and foxes are more visible inland towards Monasteri. We fight the presence of parasites that can harm the soil by introducing ladybugs and other insects that help the soil to become rich and healthier. We use organic manure to feed the soil. We also promote the natural growth of nettle, which is regarded as the natural disinfectant for the soil and borage which flowers attract bees and ladybugs. The water that we collect to irrigate our trees comes from local natural aquifers that we extract at approx 70 meters and up to 200m below sea level. Although, as we constantly promote the biodiversity of the environment by introducing specific plants and through "Cover crops", the soil requires less irrigation as it is able to retain more water in the ground. By using the drop irrigation we have become more efficient and are able to save more water and energy. The use of "Cover crops" is a great opportunity for us to keep the soil in an ideal condition for nature to do its work in the best way. In fact, the soil remains protected, along with the microorganisms, living underground.
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Technical information
Address
Bio Agrumi Monasteri, Floridia SR, IT
Altitude
100 - 120m
Team
2 women and 2 men
Size
30 hectares
Cultivation technique
Organic Farming
Irrigation
Drip irrigation
Location