oranges
Cabet
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The project

Adopt an orange tree from the farm "Cabet" in Bétera (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of oranges 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 an orange tree from the farm "Cabet" in Bétera (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of oranges 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 an orange 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. Our oranges are of the Washington Navel and Navel lane late variety. The Washington Navel is a variety that emerged around 1800 and has given rise to all the varieties of the Navel group, including the Navel Lane Late variety that emerged from a spontaneous mutation of the Washington Navel in 1950. The history of oranges in Valencia goes back many centuries, to the time when the Arabs occupied the Iberian Peninsula, although these oranges were bitter and were planted for decorative purposes. It was not until 1781 when the first commercial plantations with sweet oranges began in the Valencian municipality of Carcaixent, some 60 km from Bétera, and orange growing quickly spread throughout the province of Valencia. Soon the Washington Navel was introduced and extended, establishing itself as the most planted variety and being considered by many the best orange in the world. The Washington Navel, being a variety with such a tradition in our area, has meant that it continues to be planted in Bétera even though its profitability in the conventional market is very low. This has meant that this variety only survives in citrus-growing municipalities as traditional as ours, and to avoid its definitive disappearance the Bétera Agricultural Cooperative decided to maintain these plantations. The Navel lane late variety was planted at the end of last century to increase the harvesting period, as this variety is late maturing and harvesting begins at the end of January, when the Navel Washington is finished, and ends in April. Our plots are certified by Global Gap which guarantees the use of good agricultural practices, traceability and respect for the environment, including also the GRASP certificate which supports our social commitment. In addition, the plots are registered and in the process of obtaining the organic farming certificate. The productive life of an orange tree is around 25 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 other trees. A orange tree from our farm produces an average of 60 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 from you tree 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 oranges__ * One kilo contains between 4 and 6 oranges approximately * They will be sent in cardboard boxes * The Washington Navel orange is large, spherical or somewhat elongated in shape and has a fairly pronounced navel. It is bright orange and has a lot of juice. You will receive it during the month of January * The Lane Late orange is medium sized, with a firm texture and a lot of juice. They have a belly button and thinner skin. You will receive it from February * Ideal for eating or juicing * The taste is very sweet with a touch of sourness, more intense at the beginning of the harvest and decreasing as the weeks go by * The oranges are harvested the day before they are sent, provided that they have reached the optimum ripening degree * The fruit is usually seedless, easy to peel and can be kept in a cool, dry place in perfect condition for about 15 days To define their optimum harvest time we analyse their maturity index, optimum harvesting time analysing their maturity index, which is obtained by measuring their sugar and acidity content. We cannot trust its external color because there is no direct relationship between the external color of the fruit and its internal ripeness. Tip: When you make orange juice, don't keep it too long, but only squeeze out as much as you are going to drink at that moment, because one of the components of orange juice is limonin, a substance that begins to oxidize over the hours and gives the juice a bitter 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. We will send your oranges from the beginning of January till the middle of April. First we send the Washington navel orange and when it is finished at the end of January or mid-February we start with the Lane Late.
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
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 10/01/2021
Delivery starting on the 12/01/2021

Adopt an orange tree

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Select the number of boxes you would like to reserve. Minimum is 18kg and maximum is 60kg.

3
(18.00 kg)
3
18.00 kg

Delivery country Spain

Adoption

20.73€ / Season

(logistics cost not included)
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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