Demeter organic almonds
Casa Cañada

Demeter organic almonds

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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 organic 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.

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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 heat sources. Keep them in the fridge during the warmer months to prevent the appearance of insects. Stored this way 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?

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?
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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