mandarins
Doña Ana
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The project

Adopt a mandarin tree from the farm "Doña Ana" in Lorca (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of mandarins at home. The Farmer María Luisa 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 a mandarin tree from the farm "Doña Ana" in Lorca (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of mandarins at home. The Farmer María Luisa 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 a mandarin tree cultivated under the European Union's Organic Farming regulations. We are in the process of converting and hope to get certified in 2021. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your mandarin tree. Our mandarin trees were planted in 2001 and have been grown organically since 2019. The mandarins should be with us for at least 30 years, so they are currently at their most productive. A mandarin tree of this variety and age (approximately 20 years old) and grown organically produces an average of 50–60 kg of fruit per year. The trees to be adopted are of the clemenvilla variety, also called nova, which is considered a late variety. It adapts very well to our area, and the mandarins are of high organoleptic quality with good flavour, good juice content . They are seedless, although due to cross-pollination some fruit may contain seed. The trees are a little taller than a person, with lustrous green vegetation and a large round crown since they are adult trees. The best time to enjoy a mandarin is between the months of December and March. In the months of February and March, on the same tree it's possible to see ripe fruit and flowers preparing for the next harvest. When the trees are flowering it's a real treat to walk around the farm while the sea breeze causes the orange blossom to fill the air with that characteristic sweet smell. A mandarin tree can produce mandarins of various sizes. The largest and the smallest, along with the ones that are not suitable for shipping, are sent off for juice production. The productive life of a mandarin tree 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 mandarin tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. A mandarin 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 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: __5 kg box of mandarins__ * Clemenvilla (late December – early February): great juice content and excellent flavour, fruit of medium/large size and a very attractive reddish-orange colour, characteristic sour note in balance with the sweetness of the mandarin, a little more difficult to peel than clementines * Farming in transition to organic farming since 2019 * Picked the day before shipment at their optimal point of ripeness and shipped in a cardboard box without plastics * One kilo contains between 6 and 9 fruits (the box contains 35 fruits approximately, depending on the size) * If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 2 weeks in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge) It is not advisable to store them in closed containers, neither inside nor outside the refrigerator, due to the reduction of the conservation time with the proliferation of mold. Refrigerated they last longer and also preserve their optimum point of maturity.
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. It may be received from late November to early February, when it will be at its optimum level of maturity.
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

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María Luisa Henríquez Santana
My childhood in the Canary Islands was spent in full connection with agriculture. At home, I have always grown papayas, strawberries, avocados, mangos, citrus fruits, and, of course, bananas from the Canary Islands. Farming was a fundamental income for the family and we all participated in it, either in the fields or preparing the boxes to take to the market. From a very young age, we learned quickly that we all had to work together for the common good. I remember that when it was time to harvest potatoes, we even missed school on some days. My family worked very hard so that my five sisters and I could have the education we wanted. I studied business in Madrid and extended my training with a specialized course in finance. I worked in several companies and finally got back into agriculture in 2009. At present, I am in charge of the financial part and I rely on my partner Paco Sánchez and his son (also Paco Sánchez) for the technical aspects of the cultivation. We form a good team as we have completely trust in each other. Paco has been working in the citrus fields all his life; as we say around here he was practically born under a lemon tree. The most beautiful thing is that he has managed to transmit his passion for agriculture to his son - the future is secured!
María Luisa Henríquez Santana

"The connection and respect for the land on which we live are vital. We must take care of it and nurture it so that it gives us the best without harming it. That's why it's essential to develop organic farming - the fact that we can share our project through CrowdFarming is exciting and challenging!"

Doña Ana
Doña Ana
Doña Ana is a citrus project with the main farm of 174 hectares cultivated in the municipality of Pozo la Higuera on the border between Murcia and Almeria. We have other smaller plots but this is the flagship where the trees we offer for adoption will be. We are in a quite warm area but irrigated by the fresh sea breeze, as less than 20 km away we have the beaches of Águilas. This combination of high temperature and freshness allows us to make some progress in the ripening of the fruit without the tree suffering too much stress from excessive heat. The upper part of the farm, where the orange and tangerine trees are located, is a gently sloping hill. The main material of the substrate is slate and thanks to this there is not much growth of unwanted herbs. The trees are located in large ridges that allow the roots to have an optimal root development without being affected by excessive humidity. The lower part of the farm is a much sandier terrain where a lot of lettuce and vegetables used to be grown. Now we have different lemon trees planted with the aim of harvesting lemons in Doña Ana all year round, even in summer. We also have a small part dedicated to grapefruit which will soon start producing. The farm has been our property since 2017 and already in that year, we started the conversion to organic farming of the adult trees as well as the newly planted lemon trees. We always knew that we wanted to grow citrus fruit organically because we believe that technological development today makes it possible to greatly reduce the loss of yield that traditionally occurred when a crop was converted to organic. We had already been using biological control in other fields so the conversion to organic has been easier. We rely on a team of highly specialized agronomists and field personnel who are the key to making the project work. We work with the latest technology so that our trees do not lack anything and we use all the tools available to optimize the use of resources. We have irrigation sensors in all the farms that allow us to make optimal decisions about the irrigation of our plots. The water on our farm comes from three main sources: the Negratín reservoir, the Tajo-Segura water channel, and the Águilas desalination plant, a nearby site. We use mainly manure from nearby goat farms to fertilize the farm and we also allow the remains of pruning and residues from the cutting of the ground cover to be incorporated into the soil as organic matter.
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Technical information
Address
Doña Ana, Lorca, ES
Altitude
260m
Team
1 woman and 6 men
Size
273 hectares
Cultivation technique
Agriculture in conversion to organic
Irrigation
Drip irrigation
Location