organic oranges
El Palmar Viejo

organic oranges

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Adopt an orange tree from the farm "El Palmar Viejo" in Alcolea del Río (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of organic oranges at home. Mari Carmen 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.

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Plastic-free
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Organic
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Young Farmer
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Small Farm
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Family Farm
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What do you adopt?

You adopt an orange tree from our farm in Alcolea del Río (Spain) that we cultivate following the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2017. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your orange tree. Our orange trees have been in the family for more than half a lifetime. They're the roots that connect us to our origins and that we look after as if they were one of the family. Oranges were brought to Europe by the Arabs in the tenth century and have been part of our culture for more than one thousand years. This can be seen in many agricultural areas of Andalusia, as well as on the streets and in the parks of our cities, which in springtime are filled with the aromatic fragrance of orange blossom. The variety that we offer you, Navel Chislett, is originally from California and belongs to the Navel group, which is named after the growth at the bottom of the fruit that resembles a human navel. In our region, the valley of the River Guadalquivir, there are favourable climate and soil conditions for growing oranges, such as the many hours of sunshine per year and the thermal contrasts of the region. This makes us one of the top orange-producing areas. The orange trees that you have the opportunity to adopt are grown according to organic farming techniques. That said, my father-in-law has been carrying out sustainable agricultural practices all his life, following the teachings of his own father and grandfather, such as using organic fertilisers, tilling the land, pulling up weeds by hand, and taking advantage of natural pollinators like bees. Your adoption is 22 years old and its productive life 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 adoption dies, we will replace it with no additional cost assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. Your adoption produces an average of 100kg of organic oranges 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 that amount. This way you will only pay for what you consume and will be able to sell any remaining harvest to others.

What will you receive?

During harvest season you can progressively receive the quantity of harvest that you reserve at the moment of adoption. You will be able to receive a minimum of 2 boxes, which can be increased up to 10 boxes according to your needs. Shipping format: __10kg box of oranges__ * Chislett Navel: large with a thin and smooth skin, bright orange colour, lots of juice and low acidity * Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2017 * Picked the day before shipment at their optimal point of ripeness and shipped in a cardboard box without plastics * The box includes some extra fruits, in case some of them arrive damaged * One kilo contains between 4 and 6 fruits (the box contains between 40 and 60 fruits depending on the size) * If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 2-3 weeks in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge)

When will you receive it?

We start the harvest in February and continue through to late April. You can reserve your boxes in advance and we'll organise the picking process so that they arrive directly from the tree to your table.

Why should you adopt?
Know who, how and where your food is produced. Source your food in a conscious, direct and consistent manner.
Buying without intermediaries allows the producer to obtain better prices. This helps generate better jobs and social standards in rural areas.
When you adopt something, you allow the producer to ensure the sale at a fixed price and to produce on demand. This also avoids wasting food that is grown without being sold.
It supports producers who strive for environmentally friendly packaging and cultivation practices.
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