organic walnuts and walnut oil
Bio Dio
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The project

Adopt a walnut tree from the farm "Bio Dio" in Osli (Hungary) and receive your harvest in the form of organic walnuts and walnut oil at home. The Farmer Nicole 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 a walnut tree from the farm "Bio Dio" in Osli (Hungary) and receive your harvest in the form of organic walnuts and walnut oil at home. The Farmer Nicole 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 a walnut tree that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2006. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your walnut tree. Adopt a walnut tree that we cultivate based on the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union. These are trees of the Alsószentiványi 117 and Milotai 10 types (very resistant varieties adapted to the Hungarian climate with a large, aromatic fruit). Each walnut tree bears an average of 10kg delicious walnuts per season. These walnuts are the fruits of a heart-felt project that started with my father and me here in Hungary. Become a part of it! 8,000 trees grow on the plantation, of which 2,000 belong to this CrowdFarming project. The trees were planted in 2000 and have now reached a stable production peak. The productive life of a walnut tree is around 80-100 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 walnut tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from other trees.
What will you receive?
Each season we will send you a box with: 1 x __5kg whole organic walnuts__ (natural fibre bag) 2 x __native cold-pressed organic walnut oil__ (0.25l glass bottle) Our organic nuts are large, aromatic and have a great walnut flavour. We slowly press the native walnut oil from the freshly harvested and peeled organic walnuts in a gentle process. This cold pressing preserves the valuable unsaturated fatty acids that characterise walnut oil. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and very aromatic. We recommend it for seasoning salads, vegetables, fish and desserts. You will receive your harvest personalized with the name you chose in the adoption process. Storage: The walnuts can easily be stored for one year in a cool and dry place. A pantry or storage basement is ideal. The oil should be kept as cold as possible, possibly even in the refrigerator, and consumed at room temperature. Keep it dark, cool and well closed, as the entry of oxygen will affect its shelf life (6-12 months, in case of doubt check for changes in colour and scent).
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date the Farmer will start preparing the orders that are to be shipped. You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out. Harvest time: mid-October or November
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.
Plastic-free
Organic

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 03/10/2021
Delivery starting on the 22/11/2021

Adopt a walnut tree

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Delivery country Spain

Final price:

99.45€ / Season

Includes adoption, preparation and shipment of the order.

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Personalized harvest
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Plastic-free
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Visitors welcome
Nicole Brazda
My family has Hungarian roots. My parents fled to Germany during the Cold War in 1970 and after the opening of the Berlin Wall in 1989 they moved back to rebuild their home country. 20 years ago I joined my father on a trip through France to visit walnut growers and processors. During this trip I learned that already for a long time he had been dreaming of planting walnut trees for his children and grandchildren. The walnut is the queen of nuts, a royal fruit (Juglans regia). But a Hungarian saying goes: "you don’t plant a walnut tree just for yourself". Only after 15 long years of hard work and relatively low yields, the trees bear their full harvest. We started planting our orchard which now counts 8,000 trees. Many trials and errors were necessary to find the best walnut variety for our piece of land, that also bears the most aromatic fruits. As a biologist, I was able to contribute to our vision of organic farming. As soon as it was possible in Hungary, our farm became one of the first certified organic walnut plantations in the country. We had to wait first until our production was high enough before we could start the long process of organic certification. Since 2006 we carry the EU organic seal, even though we had been working accordingly to organic cultivation a long time before. Our walnuts have received several awards as a Hungarian quality product. It is a great pleasure to see these big trees now, 20 years after our trip to France. My father's dream has now become mine and that of my family.
Nicole Brazda

"We started out in Hungary as pioneers in the ecological cultivation of walnuts and are proud to finally, after 20 years, be able to manage a magnificent walnut farm with around 8,000 trees. Every day we work to ensure that our walnuts thrive. This means taking ecological measures to protect plants, reacting quickly to drought, frost and excessive moisture, and returning to the soil at the right time the nutrients that we have been consumed by the trees. This nutrient balancing is fascinating! Our work is rewarded with the harvest in autumn by our aromatic juicy nuts, and we are so proud of them! CrowdFarming enables us to deliver walnuts in their optimal condition immediately after harvesting for people who appreciate their high quality."

Bio Dio
Bio Dio
Our "Bio Dió" walnut plantation, which has been ecologically certified since 2006, is located on the edge of the village of Osli (pronounced "Oshly") near the Austrian-Hungarian border. Biodió is the Hungarian name for organic walnut. This is the short name of our plantation. Denise & Sandy Kft is the name of the farm, named after the founder's two youngest children - my two youngest siblings. Vienna is about 120 km away. In the north we are bordering the cultural landscape Fertö (UNESCO World Heritage), known for its variety of water birds, as well as its diverse flora and fauna. The area owes its fertile farmland to the very balanced climate and the frequent rainfalls. If you drive through the villages around Osli, you will see miles of green landscape: meadows, agricultural land and beautiful old avenues along the roads. Particularly striking are the large bird nests in the masts, which are inhabited by stork families in spring, as well as herds of deer, numerous birds of prey and rabbits which can be observed throughout the year. Once you have crossed the village of Osli with its picturesque church, a road leads to our walnut farm, with its regular dense rows of trees. There are three buildings on the farm: the processing hall with our modern machinery for peeling, washing and drying nuts during the four weeks of harvest, and two warehouses. In spring the plantation offers a special view. The flowering of the walnut trees makes them look like green cotton wool puffs, while wild flowers can grow unhindered on the ground, because the walnut blossom should not be disturbed by mowing machines. During the day you can only hear the buzzing of the insects and at night you can see a fantastic star-covered sky. In summer it is hot in Osli and our trees have to be watered diligently with a water truck. A young tree needs 60-80 litres of water per week. Grown trees are watered with approx. 100 l per tree during very dry periods. We improve the soil structure by aerating the soil to use the water more efficiently. We obtain the water from the Hungarian waterworks. As we work according to the organic farming method, we mow the grass between the trees and do not spray. In late autumn we bring out cow dung, which smells good, but sticks very stubbornly to the shoes, should you be walking through our tree rows. The harvest is due in autumn. We use vibrating harvesting machines that shake the walnuts from the trees onto a collection foil. Furthermore, we have fruit collection machines and also collect by hand. You can watch the harvest between our walnut trees and get an impression of our plant in the video on this page. We sell discarded walnuts as animal feed and give away shells for firing fireplaces to employees or people on site. We sort the nuts on the assembly line and sort out the dark or visibly damaged nuts. In addition, empty shells are removed with air pressure. We compost tree cuttings and leaves with the aim of producing compost tea (a liquid produced during composting which is often used in organic farming for plant protection or as fertiliser). Some of the 8,000 trees are planted on nearby farmland, 15 minutes away by car, close to the village of Bogyoszló. We also set up a small reed biotope at the edge of the plantation, giving new value to very moist zones where our trees don’t grow well - a perfect habitat for beneficial insects. Next to the biotope we hang birdhouses and insect hotels on the trees. In the future we are considering using the area between our trees better by sowing wildflowers and integrating beehives. We are also planning to use solar cells in the near future. The economic situation in the Hungarian countryside is not good. Our farm is located on the Austrian border. As a result, many young people are working as guest workers in factories in Austria, because the earnings there are very high compared to Hungary. This in turn creates a labour shortage in Hungary. Guest workers have few rights and even less security. Our philosophy is to maintain an excellent and loyal team on the plantation through fair wages, continuous training and sustainability. We also support the Hungarian economy by buying as few products as possible from abroad, even if some of them are more easily accessible. Our company is the most important employer in Osli. My five employees receive a salary far above the legal minimum wage and, depending on the harvest, commissions per year. We promote team building measures and allow our employees exceptional flexibility. The work is varied. We have an occupational safety officer who regularly conducts training courses and monitors the company. During the harvest we employ local harvest workers, even if guest workers would be cheaper in Hungary.
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Technical information
Address
Bio Dio, Osli, HU
Team
1 woman and 3 men
Size
42 hectares
Cultivation technique
Organic Farming
Location