organic grapefruits
El Carrascal
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The project

Adopt a grapefruit tree of our farm "El Carrascal" in Fortuna (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of organic grapefruits at home. ​ The Farmer Carmen will take care for 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 grapefruit tree of our farm "El Carrascal" in Fortuna (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of organic grapefruits at home. ​ The Farmer Carmen will take care for 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?
Adopt a grapefruit tree that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2012. ​ During the process of adoption you can choose a name that we will engrave on a plaque and hang on your tree. Our trees are of the Rio Red grapefruit variety, characterized by its fine-skinned, good-sized fruits. The high content of flavonoids gives it its characteristic red color, the most intense of the existing varieties. . Grapefruit is still a rare crop in this area. This variety has been introduced more recently and is gaining popularity due to the amount of juice from its fruits since the juice content is at least 50%. Its flavor is sour but sweeter than other varieties of grapefruit. It is grafted on a citrange reed foot, which gives it greater resistance to cold, frost, and viruses than usual. Although they are already in full production, our grapefruits are young, as they were planted in 2012. It was a plot in which verna lemon had previously been grown. But a terrible frost in 2005 washed away the trees and cultivation has since stopped. When I took over the farm in 2007, I was awfully sorry to see the abandoned plot and I finally decided to plant the grapefruits, as they are more resistant to cold and frost. Like everything we produce, from the beginning we do it through organic farming, incorporating biological products that stimulate the uptake of soil resources and atmospheric nitrogen. The productive life of a grapefruit tree is around 60 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 grapefruit tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from 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: __Box of 6 kg of grapefruits__ * Rio Red grapefruit (harvested from November to May): Slightly flattened, with fine yellow-orange skin, red pulp and at least 50% juice, characteristic bittersweet flavor, but sweeter than other grapefruit varieties (less bitter aftertaste on the palate) * You can take it in juices or slushies and accompanying dishes such as salads, fish, chicken and also directly peeled, its segments are exquisite * Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming seal since 2012 * Harvested from the tree on request and shipped directly to your home in a cardboard box without plastics * One kilo contains between 3 and 4 fruits (the box contains 20 fruits approximately, depending on the size) * In one tree you have everything from small to large fruits, so your grapefruits will be heterogeneous * 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)
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 and without post-harvest treatment (no waxes, no preservatives). Grapefruit begins to be harvested from the end of November to mid-May. Our grapefruit is one of the sweetest of the existing varieties and does not leave the residual bitter taste that usually characterizes grapefruit and although logically, like all citrus fruits, its sugars increase throughout the season, now it already has an excellent point of sweetness, as indicated by its high brix value: 10º (which measures its sugar index). You can start receiving it at the beginning of December.
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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Buy a single box
Organic
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

Adoptions available until the 07/12/2020
Delivery starting on the 10/12/2020

Adopt a grapefruit tree

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Select the number of boxes you would like to reserve. Minimum is 18kg and maximum is 78kg.

3
(18.00 kg)
3
18.00 kg

Delivery country Spain

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36.50€ / Season

(logistics cost not included)
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Carmen Velasco
When my father died I decided to dedicate myself to the care of the farm, otherwise the land would probably end up being abandoned. So in 2007 I left teaching at the university and took charge of everything and the first thing I decided was that the crop had to be organic, because I can't see any other way to produce the food we consume. Since 2010 we have the seal of organic production. Because I care not only about people's health, but also about the health of the planet. We are putting it at risk because of the ways and customs that we have developed in our society, in which the only thing that has counted is progress at any cost, even risking our own health and the survival of the planet itself. We have learned a lot and now we only need the weather to help us and not be against us. My children are joining the project now and we are very excited about the opportunity that CrowdFarming gives us, to be able to send you our lemons so that you can enjoy their quality just like we do.
Carmen Velasco

"Besides the fact that it had to be organic, from the first moment I dedicated myself to growing crops I decided that I had to be able to get our lemons as directly as possible to the people who were going to consume them. I want to avoid the chain of intermediaries who make the product more expensive and often mean long storage times that do not benefit the quality of the fruit. And that is precisely what CrowdFarming offers me!"

El Carrascal
El Carrascal
Our farm is a family farm, which has been producing lemons since the 1980s. The farm is named "El Carrascal" after the large century-old holm oak (Quercus ilex) that grows next to our warehouse. It is located in the municipality of Fortuna, Murcia, a lemon growing area par excellence in Spain. The lemon grown in our Mediterranean climate conditions gives an adequate and appreciated level of acidity. It is also a low frost risk area which makes the lemon tree develop very well. For all these reasons, in this area the whole environment is a general landscape of lemon trees. In order to promote biodiversity, we have gone from having only lemon crops to having, in addition to lemon trees, limes, grapefruits, oranges and tangerines. The change to organic farming was difficult, due to the general lack of experience and because there were additional problems, such as a heavy frost that destroyed the trees and we almost had to start over. So it has been very difficult for us to get the farm as it is now, but I think we have finally achieved what we wanted. In addition to the adult trees of the Primofiori variety, in 2018 we planted a total of 900 verna trees which, although still small, are already beginning to produce fruit and will soon be adults, so that we will not lack lemons all summer. In addition to lemons, we have recently planted grapefruits, oranges and tangerines, which will soon start producing as well. The rootstocks for our varieties mainly provide quality at the cost of slow growth. Although it is true that trees can last up to 60 years, it depends on different aspects whether their life is more or less long. Ours have gone through a lot of stress, with several very heavy frosts that left them completely dry just as we were beginning the transition to organic farming. This made this process very difficult and its recovery was very long and costly, increased by the lack of knowledge that still existed at that time about the procedures and ecological resources to be applied in a similar situation. Some trees of the Finos variety did not resist and we had to cut their trunks to raise from the same foot a new tree but one that conserved its traditional characteristics, something very important for us, since they are the ones that give them their great quality. In the Verna variety, we finally had to decide to make a new plantation in the part of it where they did not manage to recover and there we planted first grapefruit, of the Rio Red variety which is a particularly sweet and juicy red grapefruit. In this process of renewal, we have successively planted mandarins and oranges of very diverse varieties to extend the harvest as much as possible over time. We have planted these varieties where the lemon trees were no longer able to grow, because it also happens with the aging of the tree, which reaches a point where the graft on which it has grown ends up making it difficult for the sap to pass through so much as to cause its death. We are now raising trees that are two, three and four years old. Some of us are grafting them from Verna lemon over orange foot, as this is what produces a top quality lemon. In this way, we are gradually renewing the plantation only to the extent necessary, with a conservationist approach to the maximum. In our agricultural practices we try to incorporate everything that is most beneficial to the environment. We use natural fertilizers and incorporate biofertilizer microorganisms that stimulate the absorption of environmental nitrogen and nutrients immobilized in the soil. We shred the pruning remains for reabsorption into the soil. We have been planting a hedge with different varieties of plants and shrubs that favour the presence of natural predators. And since lemons require significant amounts of water (between 6,000 and 7,000 m3 per tree per year depending on the variety) we have incorporated drip irrigation in all fields, adding to the community irrigation in the area, to improve efficiency and reduce water consumption as much as possible. All this is backed by the Ecological Certificate we have held since 2010. But we are not only concerned about the environment, we understand that agroecology must be supported by decent work and wages. All the people who are in our team have salaries higher than those fixed in the Convention. We are six people, among whom we distribute all the work required for the production and distribution of our crops. We do not need to outsource any work from production itself to collection and distribution. All this allows us to collect the fruit at the best time and always on demand, so that it arrives in the best quality conditions.
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Technical information
Address
El Carrascal, Fortuna, ES
Altitude
15 m
Team
3 women and 3 men
Size
13,8 hectares
Cultivation technique
Organic Farming
Irrigation
drip irrigation
Location