organic chickpeas
BioVállega
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The project

Adopt a chickpea field from the orchard "BioVállega" in Illana (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of organic chickpeas at home. The Farmer Luis 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 chickpea field from the orchard "BioVállega" in Illana (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of organic chickpeas at home. The Farmer Luis 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 chickpea field (80m2) that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2008. Our chickpea corresponds to the Pedrosillano type and Amelia variety. This traditional variety from the central area of the peninsula, specifically from Madrid, became obsolete due to its low productivity. It was recently recovered by a group of researchers from IMIDRA (Madrid Institute for Innovation and Rural Development in Agriculture and Food), where they kept some specimens of this chickpea for years. This research team, when registering the chickpea varieties, did so with the name of one of the workers at the centre, in this case, Amelia. Production varies according to the weather conditions of each season. On average we obtain 800 kg per hectare. If you like [organic flour](https://www.crowdfarming.com/en/farmer/biovallega/up/adopt-a-wheat-field-khorasan), have a look at our other project.
What will you receive?
Each season we will send you a box with: 5 x __organic chickpeas__ (1kg paper bags) Variety “Amelia”: They are small, round chickpeas characterised by their very marked cotyledons and pointed tips. They have a light brown, orangish colour with slightly marked creases. This chickpea is similar to the “Pedrosillano” variety, the smallest within the varieties of chickpeas but also the most appreciated for its buttery and intense flavor. Once cooked the “Pedrosillano” chickpea perfectly retains its shape and its skin does not peel. Our chickpeas are grown dry and organic so that little water and nitrogen is necessary. Hence, you will need to soak them all night and cook them longer than usual. These chickpeas are perfect for making the famous "cocido madrileño" and also ideal for preparing cold dishes such as salads and hummus. The conservation of this chickpea is simple, as all legumes need to be in a cool and dry place. Keeping them in a covered jar in the pantry will guarantee their perfect conservation. As they contain very little water you will be able to keep them for months.
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.
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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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

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Experienced Farmer
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Cultivation in sparsely populated areas
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Farmer 360
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Harvest analysis
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Organic
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Small Farm
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Family Farm
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Visitors welcome
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Additional analyses
Luis Ballesteros
I am a farmer by conviction, all my previous generations, or at least those I can remember, have been involved in farming. From a very young age, I remember helping my grandparents when they were harvesting by hand and then threshing (or separating the wheat from the straw) with the help of the family's mules. I am proud to preserve some of the farms that belonged to my grandparents, and also to have the help of my son Tales, who wants to follow the path of agricultural tradition and together we are in this adventure. Between both of us, we are moving forward with this project by sharing all the tasks, both in the field and in the preparation of the boxes. We believe that conventional agriculture based on synthesis chemistry is damaging our land, the environment, biodiversity and our health, so in 2008 we decided to initiate the change and began to certify our plots in Organic Farming. We combined the traditional techniques and advice from our grandparents with the collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Madrid to move our crops forward. As a result of this collaboration, we participated in the LIFE+ Crops for better Soil project, whose objective was to demonstrate that organic farming methods can return carbon content to vulnerable soils and make them economically viable again. The project started in 2011 and was awarded the 2018 Green Awards. During the five years of the project we were able to gain very satisfactory knowledge that gives us the security to offer our products with full guarantees. We join CrowdFarming for a fair price for our product and to save both economic and energy costs. I am worried about the future of my profession because climate change generates many unknowns: will we be able to stop it?
Luis Ballesteros

“We live off the land and for the land so that many more generations can say the same thing. I am a lifelong farmer. My father taught me how to work and love the countryside since I was a child. In my environment they call me “Pincheto”, a common name for the goldfinch in my land. My main hobby is caring for my hives. I currently have 120 LANGSTROTH hives scattered throughout the nearby mountains where I produce Alcarria honey. The hives barely move from their settlement except to pollinate our own crops (chickpeas, almonds...).”

BioVállega
BioVállega
The name “BioVallega” consists of two parts: “Bio” refers to the fact that all the plots we cultivate have been certified in Organic Agriculture since 2008 and “Vállega” refers to an Andalusian settlement on the Tagus River near our village. We are located in Illana, within the region of La Alcarria in the south of the central Iberian plateau. The property is located in the municipalities of Illana and Albalate de Zorita (Guadalajara). In the surroundings, we have the field of Guadalajara de la Alcarria which is characterized by a multitude of aromatic plants such as rosemary, lavender, thyme. And a forest populated with holm oaks, juniper, oak, etc. It is an area where dry farming alternates with small gardens around the many rivers and streams that run through it. Apart from the crops, the presence of slopes and cuts near the streams favours the presence of a great diversity of aromatic flora that has led, for a long time, to the establishment of apiaries in the area. In 2008 we decided to convert our crops to organic production because we did not want to use products that would damage the health of the soil and human beings. The conversion time for the land to obtain 100% organic products was 2 years for cereal and leguminous crops and 3 years for olive and almond trees. Seeking to improve our efficiency, reduce soil erosion, and increase the biodiversity of our farms, we decided to implement a crop rotation system. To do this, we decided to cultivate following the order: cereal (usually wheat) - chickpea - fallow. In this way, the chickpea crop is responsible for fixing nitrogen in the soil, being a key tool in the supply of nutrients, and on the other hand, the fallow helps us to increase biodiversity and reduce competition from weeds when we grow the cereal, so much so that some swarms of bees have landed on our crops, being able to recover and care for them in our beekeeping site for self-consumption. In addition, we grow our crops on dry land, reducing the water footprint of our products as much as possible. As Farmers 360 we carry out all the tasks that make up the production processes of our flour and chickpeas, from sowing to harvesting when the ripening is perfect. At the time of harvest, the harvester itself separates the grain or chickpeas from the rest of the plant, which is crushed and incorporated into the soil as a contribution of organic matter. We also have our own stone mill where we grind the wheat to produce the flour. Finally, if during the cleaning of the wheat and chickpeas we find broken grains we use them as food for our chickens, so we manage not to produce any waste and have excellent eggs for our own consumption. Currently, our team consists of 2 people (Luis and Tales) who have been working together for 14 years.
Technical information
Address
BioVállega, Illana, ES
Altitude
720m
Team
2 men
Size
Chickpeas 27 hectares // Durum wheat khorasan 15 hectares
Cultivation technique
Organic Farming
Irrigation
Rain
Location