Organic oranges from Doña Ana and organic lemons from Villa Berta

10.00 kg/box

Organic oranges from Doña Ana and organic lemons from Villa Berta

10.00 kg/box

Buy directly from the farmer. Without intermediaries.
Limited & seasonal harvest.
The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
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Specifications
Contents of the box: 1 box contains 10kg of organic oranges and lemons
Variety: Oranges: Valencia late and Lemon Verna
Valencia: round shape, medium size, orange-coloured fruit, thin skin, high juice content, perfect balance between acidity and sweetness
Lemons Verna: elongated shape, medium to large size, almost seedless and low acidity, natural source of vitamin C, cultivated at Finca Villa Berta of our friend Paco, packaged in 100% compostable cellulose mesh
Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming seal
Harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics
Mixed box 10kg with approx. 8kg of oranges and 2kg of lemons
Mixed box 6kg with approx. 5kg of oranges and 1kg of lemons
One kilo of oranges contains between 4 and 6 fruits
One kilo of lemons contains between 6 and 10 fruits
If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 15 days in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge)
You'll see that the first lemons of the season may have a greenish hue, but over the weeks they'll take on the typical yellow tone of this variety
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Environmentalist
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Harvest analysis
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Organic
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Renewable energy
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Family Farm
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Visitors welcome
María Luisa Henríquez Santana
My childhood on 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 on the field or while preparing 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 called 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 on 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! For another season, we're working with CrowdFarming to deliver the fruit from our trees straight to your home. This collaboration is essential so that we can maintain and continue our business. And it's so great to see all the positive messages about our mandarins, picked straight from the tree every day. These last few years have been a personal and professional challenge with regard to our goal of certifying the entire farm as organic. However, all the hard work has been worth it, and I think it's the best way of getting fruit of an exceptional quality while respecting nature.
Doña Ana
Doña Ana is a citrus project with the main farm measuring 174 hectares, located in the municipality of Pozo la Higuera on the border between Murcia and Almeria. We have other smaller farms that work with the same philosophy and dedication but this is the flagship where the trees we offer for adoption will be. One of these is La Cueva, source of most of the clementines that we'll send at the beginning of the harvest season. We have a quite warm climate here with the occasional fresh sea breeze. Less than 20km away we have the beaches of Águilas. This combination of high temperature and fresh ocean air 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 soil is composed of 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 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 grapefruits 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. The farm has been fully certified as organic since 2022. The transition to organic has been long, as we needed to meet all the requirements and pass regular audits to ensure that we don't use chemicals on our farm. One of the measures we use to control pests are beneficial insects, which are responsible for stopping the possible presence of pests that may appear throughout the season. The installation of insect hotels has helped with this task, which is basically a way of letting nature take its course. Oh, and when we prune our citrus trees, we shred the branches to create cover crops, which are perfect for protecting the soil and encouraging the presence of organic matter. 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 workers who are the key to making the project work. The team consists mainly of three people: myself, Paco Sánchez and his son, Paco Sánchez. They're in charge of inspecting the farm every day with Domingo, our technical field manager, to make sure that everything is as it should be. Their work is crucial throughout the year as they control the phytosanitary status, the need for water and the optimal starting time for harvest. We rely on temporary employment agencies for the pruning and harvesting of the fruit. 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. Thanks to the exceptional location of our farm, we've introduced green energy systems. More specifically, we've installed solar panels at the top of the farm, which give us the energy needed for the maintenance of the farm. 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.
Technical information
Address
Doña Ana, Lorca, ES
Altitude
260m
Team
1 woman and 6 men
Size
273 hectares
Irrigation
Drip irrigation
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