pomegranates
Verger de Alicia

pomegranates

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The project

Adopt a pomegranate tree from the farm "Verger de Alicia" in Valencia (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of pomegranates 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: Although your adoption will be renewed automatically, you will always be informed in advance and may decide to cancel your adoption at any time as long as the preparation has not yet begun.

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

You adopt a pomegranate 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 pomegranate tree. The pomegranate, or *Punica granatum*, is a tree native to South Asia, Persia, and Afghanistan. It was a highly appreciated fruit in desert areas as its thick and leathery skin would prevent it from drying out, which meant that it could be transported over long distances without loosing quality. These aspects may have made it one of the most widely grown fruits since ancient times. The deciduous tree is vigorous and productive, reaching up to six metres in height, although you can also find some shrub-like trees. Most of its branches end in the shape of a thorn, which can lead to scratches on some of its fruits. The trees blossom between May and June, covering the fields with a blanket of deep red, bell-shaped flowers. You will be adopting a pomegranate of the Mollar variety, native to our area. About 5.83 hectares of our farm are used for growing this crop, with approximately 2,200 trees. 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 25kg of pomegranates 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 the season, you will be able to receive the harvest that you are reserving now: a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 boxes. Once you paid for the adoption, you will be able to plan your shipments from your user account. Shipping format: __5kg box of pomegranates__ * Valenciana (beginning of September): it's a less coloured pomegranate, with a sweet flavour and medium to small in size * Mollar (end of September): more reddish, also sweet and medium to large in size * Farming in transition to organic farming since 2021 * Harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics * Our trees are not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size * One kilo contains between 5 and 7 fruits * If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 3 weeks in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge)

When will you receive it?

Pomegranates don't continue ripening after harvest, so they must be picked fully ripe to ensure the best quality for consumption. The first pomegranates of the Mollar variety are picked the second week of September until October.

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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