persimmons
Cabet
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The project

Adopt a persimmon tree from the farm "Cabet" in Bétera (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of persimmons at home. ​ The Farmer Paco 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 persimmon tree from the farm "Cabet" in Bétera (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of persimmons at home. ​ The Farmer Paco 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?
You adopt a persimmon tree cultivated under the European Union's Organic Farming regulations. We are in the process of converting and hope to get certified in 2024. During the process of adoption you can choose a name that we will engrave on a plaque and hang on your tree. You adopt a persimmon tree from our farm located between the towns of El Puig, Bétera, and Marines. El Puig is a coastal town in Valencia that is characterised by its precocity thanks to its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea, while Bétera and especially Marines are characterised by their natural delay in ripening thanks to their inland climate. The persimmon is a fruit tree. It has been cultivated since the 8th century in China and Japan, reaching the United States at the beginning of the 19th century and Spain around 1870. The variety of persimmon grown on our farm is the "bright red". This variety adapts perfectly to the Mediterranean climate as the fruit requires long, warm summers to ripen while the tree benefits from winters that are not too cold for it to flower. It does not tolerate frosts well and if these occur in spring they can destroy the buds of the new branches. Persimmons require good luminosity to develop and lose their leaves in autumn before their fruits ripen. They can be harvested over an extended period of time, from when the fruit is sufficiently coloured, usually in November, until it begins to soften naturally at the beginning of December. The productive life of a persimmon tree is around 30 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 persimmon tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. A persimmon tree from our farm produces an average of 20 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: __5 kg box of persimmons__ * Persimmon variety Bright Red (end of October - mid-November): they have an ovoid-shape and the colour of the skin and pulp is reddish-orange, the taste is sweet * Persimmons when harvested are rough to the palate, we reduce the astringency by leaving the persimmons with food alcohol vapour in a hermetically sealed space * We send them to you hard and firm so that you can eat them like an apple, as the days go by the persimmons will become softer and sweeter * Farming in transition to organic farming since 2020 * Picked the day before shipment at their optimal point of ripeness and shipped in a cardboard box without plastics * The box includes some extra fruits, in case some of them arrive damaged * One kilo contains between 3 and 5 fruits (the box contains 20 fruits approximately, depending on the size) * If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 10 days in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge) Freshly picked persimmons are rough on the palate and must go through a process to eliminate this roughness or astringency. This astringency is due to the fact that persimmons naturally have tannins which, among other functions, are a defence for the fruit against herbivores and will remain there until the seeds are ready to germinate, which occurs when the persimmon becomes soft. Therefore, if we want to have hard and firm persimmons, we will have to eliminate the tannins, and in our case, we will do it by means of food alcohol, since tannins are soluble in alcohol. To do this, in an airtight place we spray the ground with alcohol which, on evaporating and being in gaseous form, is able to penetrate the fruit and deactivate the tannins. When receiving the fruit, it may have some stains on the skin as a result of some blow during the journey. This is due to the fact that the skin of the persimmon is quite sensitive to shocks, and it is advisable to eat the fruit with marks first. Tip: If you notice that some persimmons keep some of their astringent taste, you can put the ones you are going to eat soon in a airtight container together with a ripe banana or an apple to enjoy their sweet taste.
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. We will send you your persimmons from the end of October to the end of 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
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

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Experienced Farmer
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Conversion to organic farming
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Farmer 360
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Plastic-free
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Renewable energy
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Paco Alufre
I am Paco Alufre, Engineer of the Agricultural Cabet and for more than 20 years I have been advising and directing the production of our farmers' harvest. Since I was young I had a love for agriculture and enjoyed helping my parents in the family gardens. With time, this hobby was transformed, almost without realizing it, into curiosity, interest and passion for nature. When the time came to choose a university career, it was clear to me: I wanted to be an Agricultural Technical Engineer. Soon I had the opportunity to work in the Agricultural Cooperative of Bétera, which is the cooperative of my home town, being able to develop not only professionally, but also personally putting at the service of my neighbors the knowledge and experience that I had, and helping them in the management of their gardens, which also allowed me to be modifying the form of production, and to introduce the integrated production, directing the production of the gardens towards the ecological production. The current fruit market system does not value the traditional varieties, nor their taste and aroma, nor the way in which they are grown and this has caused many families to have to give up their farms, while others survive with much effort and sacrifice so as not to abandon what their parents left them.
Paco Alufre

"Now, thanks to CrowdFarming, I have the opportunity to lead this exciting and forward-looking project that will allow us to grow our trees sustainably and improve the environment by restoring our trees, our fields, our farmers and our way of life."

Cabet
Cabet
CABET, our domain, is originally a cooperative. It was actually born in the Agricultural Cooperative of Bétera, to which it owes its name. It is made up of plots of land owned by small farmers who, by joining forces, promote innovative projects such as CrowdFarming. It is here that a group of 10 farmers have brought their plots, their work and their enthusiasm to create this project, which we hope will continue to grow and incorporate new producers. At present, CABET includes 16 plots of land that make up 10.5 ha in total. Fourteen of them belong to the municipality of Bétera. The other two are located in Lliria and Villamarxant, two neighbouring municipalities. Our objective is to spread this project beyond our village, to develop it in other localities and promote these agricultural transformations to develop it in other localities promote these agricultural transformations. Most of the plots are located in Bétera, a Valencian village that has historically been characterized by its dedication to agriculture, which is the livelihood of most families. It is in these small family plantations, where we have recovered traditional farming and where many tasks are carried out in a traditional way, as they were more than 100 years ago. From the pruning to the manual harvest of the fruit, helping out each other with machinery for heavier tasks or in cases that its use can improve the environment. The geographical location of our territory gives our fruit unique characteristics. They are located at the foot of the Sierra Calderona, considered the green lung of Valencia, which lets pass the soft and humid winds of the Mediterranean east and the water from the river Turia, taken upstream of the Benagéber reservoir and reaching our fields by gravity without the use of a well or consumption of electricity. We also use the controlled deficit irrigation technique in the cultivation, which helps us saving a lot of water compared to conventional irrigation techniques. We are currently three engineers in the team that manage our farmers' plantations according to the criteria of organic farming and we make sure that all the workers who carry out work on these plots comply with all the legal, social and environmental requirements. We fight against food waste, but at the same time want to offer the best fruits, so the produce which does not meet our quality standards will be destined for the industry to be processed into juice. At the same time, we will follow rigorous protocols (internal and external fruit maturity, analysis, etc.), which will guarantee that when our fruit arrives at your home you will be able to appreciate, not only the dedication and passion of our farmers, but also the taste, aroma and color that our land provides.
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Technical information
Address
Cabet, Bétera, ES
Altitude
125m
Team
1 woman and 2 men
Size
12,60 hectares
Cultivation technique
Organic agriculture (in conversion)
Irrigation
Drip irrigation
Location