Shelled almonds from Box Doña Marina

3.00 kg/box

Shelled almonds from Box Doña Marina

3.00 kg/box

Buy directly from the farmer. Without intermediaries.
Limited & seasonal harvest.
The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
Specifications
Contents of the box: 1 box contains 3kg of shelled almonds
Variety: Vairo and Lauranne
Almonds, shelled but not skinned (in a cotton bag): Rich flavour, crunchy and aromatic, can be eaten raw or toasted, or to used ground in recipes or desserts
Farming in transition to organic farming since 2020
In order to maintain their full flavour and crunchy texture, we recommend keeping them below 25ºC, and away from the sunlight
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Conversion to organic farming
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Personalized harvest
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Plastic-free
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Young Farmer
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Small Farm
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Family Farm
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Visitors welcome
Pedro Liñán
How does your home make you feel? When I was a child, I used to go out at night with the shepherds and we would sleep among the sheep in the middle of the field, under a magnificent starlit sky. Experiences like that connect you to your land, whether you like it or not. My journey so far has been meandering, but fun. It has been a long process and it took me a while to reconnect. I grew up, travelled, learned nonsense, played the guitar, danced (badly) ... without realizing that I wanted to be a farmer. I finished my studies as an agricultural engineer in France after dipping into a couple of other specialties. I have worked for various companies in Spain and Germany, always edging closer and closer to farming. On this journey I met my girlfriend Antonia, who works as a farmer analyst at CrowdFarming (you may already know her from videos or pictures). Thus I've been following the development of CrowdFarming live over the last few years and got to know many characters already of this great team. Now I'm finally part of it myself and I'm so excited! My head is a cauldron of ideas which I hope gradually to be able to implement. Working with our farm and seeing how we can evolve is what motivates me the most, because all my passion originated here. My dream is to restore the vitality of our farm and produce food in a sustainable way, focused on regenerating the environment, enriching the soil and creating jobs in this rural area. This means overcoming many challenges and, above all, working as a team with various members of my family. Each of us is responsible for different projects or activities. My uncle Agustín manages our almond production. He has spent many years improving the way we produce our harvest. He ensures that the entire cultivation process is seamless and nothing is left to chance. I focus on marketing aspects, and I am available to help him manage the crop. Mediterranean life can sometimes be hard, but it is wonderful. Let us bring a taste of it into your home! I want you to know where your food comes from and how it is produced. I have an adopted cow in Germany and a mango tree in Malaga, both of which I have already visited, meeting the farmers. CrowdFarming connects me with other places and cultures and allows me to understand their farming from up close. Join our family by adopting an almond tree in Doña Marina farm and let us share the Mediterranean experience with you!
Doña Marina
Imagine a farm that’s really an entire village. Back in the day, many local people used to work at Doña Marina before farm mechanization. So many, in fact, that there was a schoolteacher, a blacksmith, a carpenter, a baker, and so on. It was more like a village than a farm. Each construction is still named after either its purpose or the people who lived there. Now, of course, it has lost much of the bustle and joyous activity of that era. This is what drives our enthusiasm: a desire to restore the activity and hubbub of times past. The aim is to generate as much life as possible, to recover the harvest celebration that took place on August 24th each year. To achieve this, we need people to help us with our project! Our farm is in the north of the Granada province, in Andalusia, at an altitude of 1,100 meters above sea level in an area surrounded by mountains. Anywhere you look, you will see the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, Arana, Baza, Cazorla or Mágina ranges. It's a stunning and moving landscape, with many protected areas and a national park nearby. When the high peaks are snow-covered, it is simply breath-taking. The origin of Doña Marina farm dates back more than 300 years and it has always belonged to our family. Many people ask us about the origin of the name, but sadly that history has been lost over the generations. There are several tales, but none is certain, so the mystery and fantasy are perpetuated. Olive trees and cereals are the main crops in the area, but there are also almond plantations and orchards, as well as aromatic plants such as lavender. There are also many areas where wild animals live (foxes, rabbits, wild boar), and ravines which provide water and shelter, in which holm oaks (*Quercus ilex*) and wild aromatic plants grow. Walks are fragrant with a thousand aromas, typical of the Mediterranean. The trees are rain fed. It doesn't rain much, only about 500mm a year, but almond trees are very resilient and require little moisture to produce their fruit. We are aware that water is a limited resource and we do everything possible to prevent it from being wasted. With this in mind, we try to improve the capacity of the soil to store water and we have a pond that is filled with rainwater. We are now transitioning to 100% organic farming. Our farming model actively integrates grazing animals. During autumn and winter, until the almond trees start producing leaves, sheep are allowed to graze among them. The sheep's manure helps the trees grow and the trees, in turn, provide the sheep with much-needed shade. Leftovers from pruning and from the harvest increase the organic matter in the soil and are used to heat the house. In addition, straw and sheep dung from the sheds are composted and distributed in the areas where the trees need it most. This enables us to target specific areas for soil regeneration. As you can see, nothing goes to waste! Between the rows of trees, native aromatic plants grow. Rosemary, thyme, lavender-cotton and others serve as shelter and food for many species of insects. Every year, a beekeeper visits with his bees to take advantage of the flowers of our almond trees and the aromatic plants, and thus helps us to pollinate our trees. The project is a family-run endeavour and we are reliant on the help of several highly committed workers, as well as the shepherds. We have all been closely and emotionally linked to the farm in one way or another for many years and each of us is dedicated to the task he or she knows best. The region is 100% dependent on agriculture and we want our projects to grow so that we can generate more wealth and sustainable agricultural models.
Technical information
Address
Doña Marina, Guadahortuna, ES
Altitude
1.125m
Team
1 woman and 3 men
Size
150 ha
Cultivation technique
Agriculture in conversion to organic
Irrigation
Dry land
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