Demeter almonds
Casa Cañada
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The project

Adopt an almond tree from the farm "Casa Cañada" in Villamalea (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of Demeter almonds at home. The Farmer Julio César 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 almond tree from the farm "Casa Cañada" in Villamalea (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of Demeter almonds at home. The Farmer Julio César 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 an almond tree that we cultivate under the Organic Farming and Demeter regulations of the European Union and the ARBORIGEN label since 2015. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your almond tree. Our almond trees are of the Comuna variety, well known and highly regarded globally because of the size and quality of its fruits, the great taste and consistency. In Casa Cañada we started growing almonds in the year 2000 always following agricultural practices in accordance with our philosophy and respectful with the environment. For this, we carry out organic, bio-integral, and biodynamic cultivation. We grow in the traditional Spanish extensive dry-land farming method and our trees only receive rainwater. We also use an indigenous rootstock: Arzollo (Amygdalus webbii), a small tree native to the Spanish Iberian forest flora. The wild almond tree o arzollo *(Amygdalus webbii)*, as a wild species, is native to southern Europe, North Africa, and Asia Minor. Until the 1950s, the Arzollo was considered not to be part of the native forest flora of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal). Several decades ago, at least three wild almond populations have been discovered in mainland Spain: Sierra de Cazorla Natural Park (Jaén), Campo de Calatrava (Ciudad Real), and around the Algodor River (Toledo). Small wild almond populations are also known in Sicily (Italy) and on the island of Crete (Greece). The wild populations of the Sierra de Cazorla Natural Park cohabit with cornicabra (Pistacia terebinthus) and hackberry *(Celtis australis)*. We program our agronomic activities (such as the organic compost, the pruning, the tillage, etc.) strictly following the lunar calendar. We provide nutrients of plant and mineral origin through fermented sheep manure and perform a spontaneous plant cover for at least four months a year. In addition, we carry out a botanical-forest restoration with trees and shrubs native to the Iberian Peninsula in all the borders, slopes, hedges, road boundaries, and marginal areas of the farm with the aim of promoting integrated pest management (IPM) (biological pest control). It can be said that Casa Cañada has always opted for organic cultivation, so our certification in the Committee of Organic Agriculture in 2009 was no effort, we had already been meeting the requirements for many years! Later, we decided to take it a step further and in 2015 we incorporated biodynamic agriculture with the Demeter seal. However, seeking to reduce the impact of man on the natural environment, and make responsible use of water, we certified in 2019 as a Bio-Integral crop with the ARBORIGEN seal. The productive life of an almond tree is around 80-100 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 almond tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. Each almond tree bears an average of 4kg per season.
What will you receive?
We will send you the box you have chosen in the adoption process. __Big box:__ 4 x Raw almond grain (kernel) with skin (bags of 1 kg) __Small box: __ 2 x Raw almond grain (kernel) with skin (bags of 1 kg) Get your box of Comuna almonds kernels, without the shell, raw, with skin of a creamy texture. A unique almond that retains all its flavour, neither roasted nor salted, an exceptional almond with the minimum process! Grafting on the native variety *Amygdalus webbii*, gives our almonds a more intense taste and aroma reminiscent of marzipan. Its moisture content of around 7% (greater than that of the roasted almond) makes our almond soft and creamy. You can eat almonds at any time of the day, such as a snack between hours or with a beer or glass of wine. You can also try introducing them to recipes like salads, bread, buns… Feel free and experiment! We recommend that you store the almonds in an area at room temperature, protected from direct sunlight and radiation sources. Its low moisture content helps to extend its storage time up to one year. We take care of every detail of all the phases to offer the best product: during the harvest, we dedicate the mornings to the collection of the almond and the afternoons to peel the outer pulp (exocarp), in this way we avoid the development of fungi. Afterward, we dry the fruit for two days in the sun and store it until we have all the almond harvested. Once all the almonds are harvested and dried, an external company does the selection, discarding those that are empty and separating those that do not reach the best calibre, which is what we want to offer our CrowdFarmers.
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date the Farmer will start preparing the orders that are to be shipped. You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out. The harvesting of the almond in our area is usually done in early October (some years at the end of September) and lasts about a month. You receive your almonds in March. Our almond preparation process is somewhat complex, and we have set this delivery date to ensure there are no delays.
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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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 08/02/2021
Delivery starting on the 04/03/2021

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Final price:

39.56€ / Season

Includes adoption, preparation and shipment of the order.

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Julio César Vergara
Agriculture has always been present in my family and surroundings, and despite having studied law I have always been passionate about agriculture and nature. Since I was quite young I have actively worked on projects to conserve Iberian nature, with groups such as WWF-Spain or FAPAS (Fondo Asturiano de Protección de los Animales Salvajes). Since I was a little boy, I have spent summers on the farm with my family, getting up very early and learning about the typical crops of the region from my father's hand. Our journey in Finca Casa Cañada begins with a nature conservation project through the installation of a forest nursery of native Iberian species. Ten years later, having researched which crops would best suit our dry land area, we began to develop the agricultural sector of the farm with the cultivation of almond and pistachio. Currently, the Finca Casa Cañada team consists of six people, reaching more than 25 in the harvest campaign. Usually, Angel oversees the management of the farm from an agricultural point of view, as our graft specialist, and is responsible for organizing the calendar of fieldwork. My cousin Carlos is our warehouse manager, a meticulous and perfectionist person who takes care in detail that all orders go out properly. Antonio deals with logistics, and usually works hand in hand with Carlos, although he is always eager going out on the field and helping there with whatever is required. My brother Pepe is responsible for administrative issues, and Alvaro supervises business relations. Finally, I assume the management of the company, and therefore, I am in charge of organizing the various jobs of our team so that everything works properly. At Casa Cañada we decided to enter CrowdFarming to expose our products to the community of European consumers looking for products of excellent organoleptic characteristics, cultivated with the highest agronomic and environmental level today.
Julio César Vergara

"I am extremely excited to be able to offer the Finca Casa Cañada products to customers from other countries through CrowdFarming. I hope that our product will fulfill your expectations in both quality and taste and be the beginning of a great relationship."

Casa Cañada
Casa Cañada
Finca Casa Cañada gets its name from the times of the “Mesta”, when in the XI century sheep had great economic importance in our country. The export of wool and the Castilian manufacture of cloths caused the transhumance of herds throughout Spain. These areas of the passage of shepherds and sheep were known as cattle routes and today, give the name to our farm, which saw thousands of sheep pass by. Our farm is in the municipality of Villamalea, about 10 km from the urban centre, in the province of Albacete. The plantation of pistachio, almond, jujube, acerole, cermeña (small pear) and olive is surrounded by Mediterranean forest and thicket. In addition, we have a naturalised collection of hedges of more than 250 species native to the Iberian Peninsula. We are in the surroundings of the Natural Park of the Hoces (gorges) of the Cabriel River, with the largest wild canyon in the Iberian Peninsula (about 30 km, with no roads or paths). Here live faunal species such as the otter, the genet, the wildcat, the mountain goat... which makes our farm a unique place. Today, our region enjoys good economic health because the agricultural property is very distributed in medium-sized farms. In Casa Cañada we were the first producers in our region in Biodynamic farming, due to which we have contributed to its dynamization. Presently, many farmers have transformed their cereal and vineyard crops into the cultivation of pistachio or almond trees. At Casa Cañada we are proud to be a family business and continue our grandparents' passion for agriculture, who cultivated these lands of vineyards and cereals. In recent years, we have been replacing the vineyard and cereal with almond, pistachio, and native forest species. We are committed to extensive dry land farming. We want to combat today's biggest agri-environmental problem: the consumption of groundwater to produce fruits that have always been grown under dry land farming methods, such as pistachio, almond, or olive. Rainfall in our area is about 350 mm per year and our trees live with this amount. However, our forest nursery needs water for the development of younger plants. To do this, we have designed a water accumulation system using small dams. Our inspiration came by discovering in our farm Arab vestiges of water use. The agricultural management on our farm is carried out under the certifications of Organic farming (CAAE), Biodynamic farming (DEMETER) and Bio-Integral farming (ARBORIGEN). In this way, we carry out sustainable agriculture that seeks the balance between the natural environment and the intervention of man in it. We apply our principles starting from the roots, using as rootstocks traditional native varieties that survive in dry land agriculture. We want to take care of our soil and for this we let the grass grow for 4 months a year. The remaining months the scarce rains in our area force us to reduce the presence of weeds through several shallow ploughs. Thus, we avoid competition between our crops with the other plants and guarantee a good harvest. In addition, with the ploughing we incorporate the grass into the soil as organic fertilizer and improve the water absorption capacity. We are currently experimenting with legume plant covers, although we have not definitively implemented this system. My journey in Casa Cañada started with a forest nursery, so we have never lost sight of the importance of maintaining the original flora and fauna of the area and the Iberian Peninsula. By restoring botanical-forestry of borders, hedges, slopes, road boundaries and marginal areas of the farm we promote habitat creation for insectivorous bird and small predatory mammals that control potential pests. In our farm you can find a minimum of 20 different species of trees and shrubs native to the Iberian Peninsula. On our farm we do not have renewable energies because we do not need irrigation pumps or other machinery, we do not consume any energy. In addition, we are zero waste, taking advantage of any by-product or waste that can be generated on our farm. The remains of pruning, exocarps, and shells are composted and serve as nutrients for our crops. On the other hand, pistachios and almonds of smaller calibre or pieces are used to produce pastes, oils, and turrons. The selection of the best product for our CrowdFarmers is done by relying on an external company, that is certified in Organic and Demeter. Thus, with the best technology, we separate impurities and empty fruits through blowers and classify the fruit by calibres using optical technology. Finally, a team of women makes the final visual inspection of our farm ensuring that there is no fruit that does not fulfill our quality parameters. Our team consists of six fix people, reaching up to 25 people in the harvest season, and this is how we contribute against the rural exodus that hits the rural areas of our country. Some have been with us since the start of the project in 1990. All our workers receive a salary according to the collective agreement. As a family business, we are flexible and do not mind extending our workers' paid leave period if they need it.
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Technical information
Address
Casa Cañada, Villamalea, ES
Altitude
700m
Team
6 men
Size
100 ha
Cultivation technique
Organic and biodynamic farming
Location