avocados
Dos Arroyos
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The project

Adopt an avocado tree from the farm "Dos Arroyos" in Alhaurin de la Torre (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of avocados at home. Rainer 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 avocado tree from the farm "Dos Arroyos" in Alhaurin de la Torre (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of avocados at home. Rainer 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 avocado 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 avocado tree. In our fields, 90% of the avocado trees grown are of the Hass variety, and 10% are of the Fuerte variety, to support pollination. The Hass variety is not a targeted strain, but a random mutation. The Californian Rudolph Hass found the tree in his garden in the 1930s. All of today's Hass avocado trees that are grown in Israel, California, Mexico, Chile, Spain, Australia and New Zealand are descents of this one tree. Since the flowers have to be pollinated by insects, several varieties use that flower for different lengths of time in order to extend the pollination periods. Our trees have been planted in a grid of 6 X 4 in order to give them enough space and are efficiently watered by means of drip irrigation. Because it is very important to us, we have cultivated our produce in line with ecological principles and regulations right from the start. We will receive the corresponding ORGANIC certificate after the end of the conversion period in December 2020. At first glance, organic means more work, but you are rewarded for it: we find a greater variety and number of insects, which create healthier soil structure and thus helps our plants grow better. The productive life of an avocado 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 avocado tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. Each avocado tree bears an average of 15kg per season.
What will you receive?
Each season we will send you a box with: __5 kg of avocados__ * Hass avocado (February and March): dark, rough skin, delicious, full-bodied, slightly nutty taste, and a delicate, creamy consistency, small variety * Farming in transition to organic farming since 2017 * Harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics * We do not store the fruit in cold chambers, they go directly from the tree to your doorstep * The box includes some extra fruits, in case some of them arrive damaged * One kilo contains between 6 and 8 fruits (the box contains 40 fruits approximately, depending on the size) * Keep them at room temperature until they are ripe, once they are fully ripe put them in the fridge to keep them longer * It is a climacteric fruit that will continue to ripen once you receive it The avocado is ripe for consumption as soon as the skin slightly gives way when pressed gently with your fingers. You can then cut it in half around the pit inside. Twist the halves apart and remove the pit. Remove the flesh from the skin with a spoon, or halve the halves again and peel. And enjoy! To speed up the ripening process of an avocado a bit, you can wrap the unripe fruit together with a ripe apple or banana in a paper bag or newspaper (at room temperature). If you want to store an avocado that has already been cut, it is advisable to cover the flesh with lemon or lime juice. To keep an avocado longer, you should always store it in the refrigerator. A fruit that has not been cut can stay fresh for up to two weeks if refrigerated. Packaging: cardboard box with filler to protect the avocados from bumps (plastic-free)
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date the Farmer will start preparing the orders that are to be shipped. You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out. Our harvest time is usually in February and March, if nature cooperates. The shipping dates are also within this period.
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.
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Rainer Sühling
My name is Rainer Sühling. I grew up on a farm in the Münster region together with my siblings. It was a given that everyone helped out on the farm, so I got to know and love working in nature and life in the country from an early age. As the firstborn, my brother took over my parents' farm, and I had to go my own way. After years of working in Germany, the chance of a position in the tourism sector in Spain arose. My wife Gaby and I decided to take up this challenge. So, we came to Malaga on the Costa del Sol. We quickly fell in love with the country and its people, and a desire grew to one day run our own farm in order to live and work there. In 2014, the time had come. With our team, which consisted of local farmers, we started to create all the conditions for growing avocados. In 2016, we were able to plant the first trees. "Finca Dos Arroyos" was born. Today, everyday life for us means planning the upcoming work and carrying it out ourselves, or instructing the necessary employees. Gaby takes care of the administration and our animals, while I take care of the irrigation and all other day-to-day work. CrowdFarming offers us a platform to get in touch with like-minded people who value sustainable farming and fair product sales. Thanks to the individual relationship with the farmer, the customer learns more about the product, its creation, its origin and all the steps. For us, it means making a contribution towards combating mass production and ensuring more sustainability.
Rainer Sühling

"It seems like a long journey from the farm in Münster to Malaga. And yet, for me, it was a return: back to the roots, back to nature. We are convinced that "healthy farming" will become more and more important, and I look forward to seeing some of the fruits of my labour find their way back to my home country."

Dos Arroyos
Dos Arroyos
Our farm is called Dos Arroyos, because the property is surrounded by two streams that meet at the entrance to the farm. You will find us in a unique location in the Guadalhorce Valley in Malaga, one of the most fertile regions in the Mediterranean. It is one of the few areas in Europe where it is possible to grow tropical avocados, thanks to its special microclimate. My wife Gaby and I started here in 2014 and have fulfilled our dream by taking it over. The finca used to be an orange farm, with a few avocado and mango trees. Due to the poor condition of the trees, it was necessary to replant. We decided on avocados because we are big fans of the fruit ourselves and the conditions for growing avocados are very good here. Since we started, we have relied on the advice and help of local farmers, who support us with their labour to this day. We have no permanent employees; rather, the work processes are planned together as required and then carried out using the relevant specialists – for example, weed control, which has to be carried out three to four times a year. We use handheld strimmers to cut back the weeds. They are removed by hand around the trunk. The cut grass is left on the ground to form a humus layer, which also stores water for irrigating the plants. The entire plot is surrounded by a wide belt of reeds that lines the streams and serves as a habitat for many insects and animals. There is a lot of life here! Our neighbour Jose, the beekeeper, who pollinates our trees with around 30 colonies, sells the honey that is produced at local markets. Because it is very important to us, we have cultivated our produce in line with ecological principles and regulations right from the start. The foundation of the farm is a natural water source, which supplies the trees with water by means of a water-saving drip irrigation system. A young tree needs about 15 litres per day, while a full-grown tree needs about 50 litres per day. We do not use any deep wells that would pollute the groundwater. In addition, we have a lake that is fed by rainwater, which we use as a reserve for the summer months. We generate the electricity for the irrigation pumps via our 10KW photovoltaic system. All of our organic waste is composted and reused as fertiliser. This creates a closed cycle. Only flawless, hand-packed fruits are dispatched. Fruits that are not perfect are processed into oil. Avocado oil is one of the best vegetable oils in the world. We all look forward to sending the fruits of our labour straight to your home, and we hope we can share our mantra with you: BACK TO THE ROOTS – BACK TO NATURE.
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Technical information
Address
Dos Arroyos, Alhaurin de la Torre, ES
Altitude
60m
Team
1 woman and 1 man
Size
9ha
Cultivation technique
Agriculture in conversion to organic
Irrigation
Drip irrigation
Location