clementines
Verger de Alicia

clementines

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The project

Adopt a clementine tree from the farm "Verger de Alicia" in Valencia (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of clementines at home. Gonzalo 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 received your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

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Environmentalist
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Conversion to organic farming
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Harvest analysis
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Plastic-free
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Renewable energy
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What do you adopt?

You adopt a clementine tree from our farm in Valencia (Spain) that we cultivate following the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union. We are in the process of converting and hope to get certified in 2024. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your clementine tree. *Citrus reshni* is the scientific name of the tree that gives us the wonderful Nules clementines or Clemenules, as we call them here. As many of you'll know, citrus fruits date back approximately two thousand years to Southeast Asia, but Clemenules are somewhat more 'modern'. At an orphanage in Oran (Algeria) back in 1890, a certain Father Clement Rodier and the orphans identified a new, tastier fruit among the trees in their garden, which they named Clement, in honour of this priest. This clementine is known to be the hybrid of the common mandarin and the sweet orange. But Clemenules are even younger, as they first came about in 1953 when a clementine mandarin (the ones discovered by Father Clement) underwent a spontaneous mutation in the town of Nules, Castellón, just seventy kilometres from our farm, giving rise to the famous Clemenules, a very tasty and easy-to-peel clementine with an intense colour. Our trees are moderately vigorous, with large light green leaves, and a staggered flowering, usually starting in late March. The flowering affects the fruits' size, the thickness of their peel and when they are in season. What's more, the fruits are less resistant than those of the orange tree, being particularly susceptible to late rainfall that favours the growth of fungi. In May 2021, we took up a new challenge: to convert El Verger de Alicia to Organic Farming. Thanks to its climate and relief, the farm offers optimal conditions for the development of this organic project. The farm is 100% organic and herbicide-free. We control weeds mechanically, we only cut the grass in the summer months (so that it doesn't compete with the fruit trees), and we control pests with the help of insects. Your adoption is 7 years old and its productive life 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 adoption dies, we will replace it with no additional cost assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. Your adoption produces an average of 70kg of clementines 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 that amount. This way you will only pay for what you consume and will be able to sell any remaining harvest 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. You will be able to receive a minimum of 6 boxes, which can be increased up to 10 boxes according to your needs. Shipping format: __7kg box of clementines__ * Clemenules: medium-sized; seedless; easy to peel; sweet flavour; high juice content; and segments with a pleasant texture * Farming in transition to organic farming since 2021 * Harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics * 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 arrive damaged * Our trees are not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size * One kilo contains between 8 and 12 fruits (the box contains between 56 and 70 fruits depending on the size) * If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 15 days in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge)

When will you receive it?

We harvest our clementines from late November to mid-December. The exact dates may vary depending on the weather in each season.

Why should you adopt?
Know who, how and where your food is produced. Source your food in a conscious, direct and consistent manner.
Buying without intermediaries allows the producer to obtain better prices. This helps generate better jobs and social standards in rural areas.
When you adopt something, you allow the producer to ensure the sale at a fixed price and to produce on demand. This also avoids wasting food that is grown without being sold.
It supports producers who strive for environmentally friendly packaging and cultivation practices.
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