persimmons
Campillo de Julia
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The project

Adopt a persimmon tree from the farm "Campillo de Julia" in Jérica (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of persimmons at home. ​ The Farmer 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 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 "Campillo de Julia" in Jérica (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of persimmons at home. ​ The Farmer 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 receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

What do you adopt?
Adopt a persimmon tree from our farm in Jérica (Spain). During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your persimmon tree. 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 1 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 * 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)
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. Gonzalo will collect your harvest on demand and just before shipment so you will receive it fresh, not treated with wax or other preservatives.
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
Conversion to organic farming
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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Conversion to organic farming
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Plastic-free
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Young Farmer
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Family Farm
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 was 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 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.
Gonzalo Úrculo

"I admit that I never imagined myself becoming a farmer but after a few months, I was totally hooked. I think farming has that capacity that no other job has: it allows you to learn the basics very quickly so you can be useful but it will never allow you to master it."

Campillo de Julia
Campillo de Julia
On January 24, 2020, after a couple of years looking for land to continue planting trees, we took the reins of an olive grove with more than 400 years of history. It is the Masia del Campillo located in the town of Jérica (Castellón) 45 minutes from our orange garden. We have renamed the estate “Campillo de Julia” in honor of our grandmother Julia, born in Logroño and a magnificent cook who taught us to value life and good food. And good food always comes with a good extra virgin olive oil. Little by little, we are discovering interesting facts about the history of this old farm. Since the 16th century, Campillo de Julia has been home to a monastery, a dairy farm, and an orchard, before becoming the splendid olive grove it is today. We will continue to investigate and tell you everything we discover. One of the things that have touched us the most is that at present, the very Camino de Santiago passes by the Campillo, on the route that starts from Sagunto. Perhaps with time, we will be able to rehabilitate the stone house and turn it into an inn for pilgrims or Crowdfarmers who want to come and visit us. Buen camino! Currently in Campillo de Júlia olive trees and some persimmons are grown. There are abandoned almond trees, 4 dogs and about 400 sheep that will provide us with manure and help us control the weeds. We have designed this agronomic plan to be developed over the next 5 years. During __2020__ our tasks are going to focus on “putting in order” what is already planted: the trees need a good pruning, the irrigation hoses need to be checked to avoid leaks, we have to clean the irrigation pond, spread sheep manure and repair the machinery that already exists. We will try to be careful with new investments but the farm is desperately asking for a new tractor and a manure spreader which we will buy when we can. In __2021__ we want to plant the fallow areas with new olive trees of a local variety “Serrana Espadan”. During this year we want to repair a second irrigation pond that has been out of use for many years. We have studied that with this reservoir we could irrigate by gravity and avoid electric pumping. Between the year __2022__ we intend to transform one of the existing agricultural buildings into an oil mill to produce our oil and start making new products such as table olives. For the next few years we would like to install solar panels on the roof of the oil mill so that 100% of the energy consumed by Campillo de Júlia is renewable.
Technical information
Address
Campillo de Julia, Jérica, ES
Altitude
430 m
Team
10 women and 12 men
Size
115 hectares
Cultivation technique
Organic agriculture (in conversion)
Irrigation
Drip irrigation
Location