Clementines from Verger de Alicia

2.50 kg/box

Clementines from Verger de Alicia
Buy directly from the farmer. Without intermediaries.
Limited & seasonal harvest.
The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
Contents of the box: 1 box contains 2.5kg of clementines
Variety: 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 20 and 30 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)
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Conversion to organic farming
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Harvest analysis
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Renewable energy
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Young Farmer
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Family Farm
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Visitors welcome
Gonzalo Úrculo
When I was 24 years old, a train crossed my path and I got on it without much thought. My grandparents' farm needed someone who dedicated body and soul because every year it went from bad to worse. I left my job in logistics, which had always been my passion, for some country boots and an old Barreiros tractor. I admit that I had never imagined myself as a farmer but after a few months, I was totally hooked. I believe that farming has that capacity that no other job has: it allows you to learn the basics very quickly so that you are useful but it will never allow you to master it. Together with my brother Gabriel, we started to cultivate the fields at the same time as we set up a website to sell our crops directly. In the first season, we had very few orders and most of our harvest had to be sold to intermediaries below our cost price. Year by year and thanks to word of mouth, our presidents (that's what we call our customers) were increasing. Over the years, we have started to grow new crops, among which olive trees stand out. The great culprit of my passion for the cultivation of olive trees is Miguel Abad. Besides being a great friend, Miguel is a recognized expert in the world of oil. After many lunches, visits to farms and olive oil mills, we finally found the opportunity that we both were looking for. In Campillo de Júlia we want to make our agronomic dream of creating a model farm in the cultivation and production of olive oil come true. We have many ideas to implement but we have to be patient and go little by little. We can't do everything at once. Some bigger projects are building our own oil mill and turning it into a self-sufficient farm in terms of energy and fertilizers.
Verger de Alicia
Since we founded Naranjas del Carmen in 2010, we’ve learned how to convert to organic farming. During the adaptation process, the orange tree harvest decreases and then recovers little by little as the soil recovers microbial life and the roots learn how to absorb nutrients from the soil naturally. Thanks to the fact that we’ve tested this process on our own trees, we can safely say that the soil is regenerating thanks to our hard work and patience. In May 2021, we took up a new challenge: to convert Verger de Alicia to organic farming. It’s an orange, clementine, pomegranate and persimmons orchard belonging to Benjamin, a 72-year-old neighbouring farmer. After a few months looking for funding, the bank granted us a loan and we signed the sale contract at a notary office in Valencia. We’ve already begun the transition to organic farming and we’ve convinced Benjamin to keep coming to help us. Thanks to its climate and orography (relief), the farm offers optimal conditions for the development of this organic project. It's surrounded by the Sierra Calderona mountains, making it a home to a remarkably diverse Mediterranean flora and fauna, including wild boar, roe deer, goats, eagles and bats. In fact, bats are the symbol of the Valencia region. We've built an insectarium for breeding insects, which then help us control pests and maintain a balance. We mechanically control the grass and try to avoid overusing the tractor and compacting the soil too much. We only cut the grass in the summer months so that it doesn't compete with the fruit trees. Verger de Alicia has abundant water that is pumped into a reservoir at night. We then use this for all the trees, watering between three times a week in the summer to once or not at all in the winter, depending on rainfall. As we sell our crops and pay back the bank loan, we want to invest into solar panels to power the water pump. There are forty of us working full-time now: farmers, engineers, beekeepers, programmers, designers, etc. A great mix of people working on a profitable agricultural project with the ability to attract talent. If you're passing through Valencia one day soon, we'll be delighted to show you the farm and our way of life. Over the next ten years, we know that we're going to endure difficult seasons with small harvests, hailstorms or strong winds, but we're sure that direct selling will help us overcome these issues, as we have done in the past. We also know that the feeling of fulfilment and pride in carrying out an organic agricultural project makes all the effort truly worthwhile.
Technical information
Verger de Alicia, Valencia, ES
16 women and 24 men
Cultivation technique
Drip and sprinkler irrigation
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