oranges
Colline Recoleta
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The project

Adopt an orange tree from the farm "Colline Recoleta" in Montalbano Jonico (Italy) and receive your harvest in the form of oranges at home. The Farmer Francescantonio 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 orange tree from the farm "Colline Recoleta" in Montalbano Jonico (Italy) and receive your harvest in the form of oranges at home. The Farmer Francescantonio 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?
You adopt an orange tree cultivated under the European Union's Organic Farming regulations. We are in the process of converting and hope to get certified in 2022. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your orange tree. Adopt an orange tree of the Navel Newhall family from our farm in Montalbano Jonico (Matera, Italy), cultivated under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union. The Navel Newhall oranges are the first of the season and their size is usually medium to big. They start ripening around the middle of November and last until the end of February. The navel oranges get their name from the navel-like protrusion at the lower end of the fruit. The Newhall variety is a crossing between Naveline and Washington Navel. The oranges are characterized by their blond pulp and the absence of seeds. The tree is vigorous, medium in size and has a rather dense form thanks to the branches, which grow downwards. The fruits are oval in shape, large in size (average weight around 150 and 200 grams), while the peel is orange in colour (but tends to redden slightly when it ripens). The leaves are green and quite wide. An orange tree of our farm produces an average of 50 kg per season. The productive life of an orange tree is around 40 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 orange tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. A orange tree from our farm produces an average of 50 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 from your tree 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: __Box of 10 kg of oranges__ * Navel Newhall (November until January): segments that hold together and no seeds, intense, deep colours of rind and flesh and slightly oval shape, sweet taste with slight sour notes especially at the beginning of the harvest * Cultivated under the European Union's Organic Farming regulations and we are in the process of converting and hope to get certified in 2022 * They are not treated with wax or preservatives (you can use the peel) * Harvested from the tree on request and shipped directly to your home in a cardboard box * One kilo contains between 4 and 6 pieces (the box contains depending on the size 50 fruits approximately) * Storage advice: the oranges can last up to 2-3 weeks if kept in a cool, dark and ventilated place
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. The Farmer will collect your harvest on demand and just before shipment so you will receive it fresh, not treated with wax or other preservatives. The shipment season begins in November and usually lasts until the end of January.
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
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

Adoptions available until the 15/11/2020
Delivery starting on the 19/11/2020

Adopt an orange tree

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Select the number of boxes you would like to reserve. Minimum is 20kg and maximum is 50kg.

2
(20.00 kg)
2
20.00 kg

Delivery country Spain

Adoption

31.11€ / Season

(logistics cost not included)
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Francescantonio Manolio
The history of our small farm "Colline Recoleta" started back in 1992, when me and my wife, Carmela, decided to invest our savings in a plot of land about 5,000 square meters. This was a dream for me ever since I was a child. I used to help in the fields of my grandparents, who were farmers, and later, my father, who spent his spare time growing olives. So with the support of my wife, I dedicated the time I had outside of my job as a surveyor to transform the fallow land into a lush citrus farm. Later, our three sons started cultivating the land together with me. Now, after around 30 years, I am happy to see that our hobby has transformed into an interest and passion for nature not only for me but for the entire family. Believing that conventional agriculture based on synthetic chemistry damages the environment, the biodiversity and our health, I have always grown the trees with respect for nature and living beings in general. In 2019, we decided to start the process to formally certify our farm as Organic Farming. In recent years, in addition to the challenges of climate change, running a small farm has become even more difficult. The system of the fruit market unfortunately does not value traditional varieties, their tastes or the way in which they are grown, and intermediaries use their bargaining power to keep all the margin, leaving small producers with prices below production costs. This is why we have started to look for alternative ways to distribute our produce, a way without intermediaries and as direct as possible to ensure the best possible oranges for consumers. It is very fulfilling to produce oranges for consumers who value the passion and the affection behind each single fruit.
Francescantonio Manolio

"Me and my family are very happy to be part of CrowdFarming, because it allows us to create a direct channel with each CrowdFarmer. This way we can ensure that our oranges reach consumers, when they are at their best. We also hope that, with the CrowdFarmers’ support, we can expand our project to safeguard the environment as well as to recover abandoned lands of our region in order to contribute to keeping this rural zone, threatened by depopulation, alive."

Colline Recoleta
Colline Recoleta
Colline Recoleta is an organic farm owned by my family since 1992 and situated in the hilly landscape just off the long white sand beaches of the Ionian coast in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy. It is located in the province of Matera, the city famous for its ancient cave dwellings. However, the region is relatively unknown outside Italy, making it one of a few parts of Italy where the culture and food remain authentic and untouched by the world beyond. The farm takes its name from the nearby Recoleta Masseria, a medieval fortified country house on an estate dating back to the 17th and 18th century. Recoleta is said to mean “arugula” stemming from a local folk tale, where the herb saved the life of the estate baron’s son. Located at an altitude of approximately 100 meters above sea level, the farm has a good balance in temperatures, further improved by the nearby Lucan Appennine mountains, which protect it from cold winds. This combined with the very fertile soil, as the area is located in between the Bradano and Basento rivers, makes it an excellent area to grow rich flavoured oranges. It is no wonder that the area is often referred to as the California of Italy. The farm is part of the Montalbano Jonico Reserve – the largest of Basilicata – which boasts unique geological features and is rich in natural, archaeological and cultural heritage. Surrounded by pines and cypresses, the typical ravines known as ‘calanchi’ extend up to the cultivated fields and exhibit unique landscapes. The geosite of Tempa Petrolla, a rocky outcrop emerging from the clay can be named as an example. The landscape of calanchi is rich in flora and fauna, especially birds. That’s why the reserve has been identified as a European level I.B.A. (Important Bird Area). The reserve offers plenty of nature tracks, based on ancient paths, mule tracks and livestock immigrations routes, leading from the sea inlands, for example to the peaks of Pollino National Park. Our small farm is based on sustainable cultivation and respect for the environment. We crush green waste from pruning the trees to obtain a high quality fertilizer, which encourages the presence of microorganisms that slowly disintegrate the waste and transform it into humus and nutrients that keep the soil healthy. We also use organic manure to feed the soil. Every year we harvest all the oranges, even if the whole production is not sold, as the humus from citrus fruits makes the soil too acidic. We give the leftover oranges to friends and family. We fight the presence of harmful parasites with a natural trap system: we hang bottles with rotten fish from our local fish vendor throughout the farm, which attract most of the parasites. Our farm is located in a region with drought risk, making water a precious resource. We are therefore using a drip irrigation system, which concentrates the watering around the trees and reduces its usage. Also thanks to this system, the weed growth is reduced. The remaining weed is mowed and used to fertilize the soil and protect the roots of the trees. The energy consumption of our farm is next to nothing, as all work is done manually. Besides, we are very conscious about reducing our environmental impact, for example by using larger green waste as branches and trunks to heat our home. Colline Recoleta is a family project, and most of the work is done by ourselves. During pruning and harvest, which are done by hand, we involve a team of local workers to help. We are proud of the results and developments of the farm thanks to our collective efforts, and we continue to work to improve and learn.
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Technical information
Address
Colline Recoleta, Montalbano Jonico, IT
Altitude
122m
Team
1 woman and 5 men
Size
2,3ha
Cultivation technique
Agriculture in conversion to organic
Irrigation
Drip irrigation
Location