organic squash
Domaine l'Hermiton

organic squash

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The project

Adopt 10m² of a pumpkin field from "Domaine l'Hermiton" in Montlaur-en-Diois (France) and receive your harvest in the form of organic squash at home. Charlélie 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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Cultivation in sparsely populated areas
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What do you adopt?

You adopt 10m² of a pumpkin field from our farm in Montlaur-en-Diois (France). Cultivation certified organic by the European Union since 1996. Historically cultivated in Latin and Central America for millennia, squash arrived on European soil thanks to Christopher Columbus and his travels. The different varieties were then developed by crossing, including the Potimarron, which comes more from the Far East (Japan) and has been cultivated for several centuries, and the Butternut, created in England in the mid-19th century. Our squashes are of two varieties: Potimarron (sub-variety "Uchiki Kuri") and Butternut (sub-variety "Trevor"). Both belong to the cucurbit family. These varieties are best suited to our mountainous climate: they are better at tolerating day/night temperature differences while maintaining good production and a size of around 1000 to 1200g per piece. They are sown in the ground at the end of May to avoid late frost, after repeated tilling to warm and loosen the soil following winter. As this is organic farming, we grow the squash in biodegradable corn starch mulches. This has the effect of warming the earth more quickly and retaining the soil moisture, therefore reducing the watering of crops and also stifling weeds. A space of about 1.60m is left between the rows so that the plants and their branches can spread out over time and thus cover the entire plot. This allows us to work the land mechanically in June, on a regular basis before the plants reach their final size and before the flowers appear, the female flowers are pollinated and the fruits appear in mid-July. They will provide excellent squash for the harvest in September. Each pumpkin field produces an average of 5kg of organic squash per season.

What will you receive?

Each season we will send you a box with: __5kg organic squash__ * Potimarron (August/September): bright red colour, top-shaped with yellow and floury flesh that tastes like chestnut. It can be cooked to make a very creamy, sweet and aromatic soup, or cooked au gratin in the oven with other vegetables or a piece of meat * Butternut (mid-September): golden yellow in colour, peanut-shaped, its flesh is orange and sweet like butter. Its highly varied uses make it equally suitable when cut into pieces to roast in the oven, fried, steamed, mashed or as a soup * Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 1996 * One kilo contains around 1 squash (the box you receive, depending on their size, will contain about three pumpkins and two butternuts) * Our products save you from tedious peeling because they are grown without pesticides or sprayed phytosanitary products * If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last for 8 weeks in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge)

When will you receive it?

The Potimarrons are often harvested at the end of August/beginning of September and the Butternuts more in mid-September. We therefore offer to ship the boxes at the end of September.

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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