Naturland organic melons from Finca Ariza

5.00 kg/box

Naturland organic melons from Finca Ariza
Buy directly from the farmer. Without intermediaries.
Limited & seasonal harvest.
The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
Contents of the box: 1 box contains 5kg of Naturland organic melons
Variety: Charentais
Rounded and green rind with slight grooves; smooth, creamy, sweet and tasty pulp; very characteristic and pleasant aroma
Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2011 and Naturland label since 2019
Harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics
1 piece weighs between 0.6 and 1.2 kg, in the box you'll receive 4 to 7 melons
If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last between 7 and 12 days in good condition
If you don't finish all the melons at once, cover to prevent them from drying out and store in the fridge
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Jesús Ariza
My name's Jesús Ariza and I come from a a family of farmers. Years ago, I took over our business after my father retired, and together with my sisters, Silvia and Elena, I manage the company that our great-grandfather started. I've been very close to everything related to farming since I was a child and I've always been interested in finding out the peculiarities and difficulties involved with agriculture. Each crop is a world in itself and needs different types of attention. And behind each action, there's a logic that I like to investigate. That's why I trained as an agricultural technician, so that I could learn and implement the best way to react. I worked as an agricultural consultant for several companies in the area, then as a freelancer in the industry, and after that I moved to Mexico for a few years to manage a tomato plantation. All this experience helped me to better understand the large-scale management of agriculture. It was upon my return to Spain in 2010 that I took over the family business. This new stage of growth has been gradual, and my sisters have also joined the company. First to join the team was Elena, an agricultural technician like me, specialised in food quality and safety. She served agri-food companies as part of the workforce and later as an independent consultant. Then years later we welcomed Silvia, who used to work as an architect at a studio in Madrid, but wanted to come home to support the family in our new agricultural project. There are three distinct parts of our everyday work: Elena is in charge of quality, food safety, and pest prevention. She makes sure that all processes and actions are geared towards guaranteeing the quality of our produce without compromising good agricultural practices and respect for our environment. What's more, she's responsible for the farm complying with all the requirements of the organic and Naturland certifications. Meanwhile, Silvia is responsible for administration and the warehouse, and manages the production, accounting, and sales team. And finally, I take care of all the work out on the farm, along with my team. And then there's our father, who might be retired but still lends us his opinion on how to operate and manage the farm. He's a great advisor and companion and he plays a key role in the farm. In recent years, we've seen the need to change our business. You, the consumers, are demanding more approachability, transparency, and information from us. We're confident that our hard work is worthy of your trust, and CrowdFarming offers us a major opportunity to achieve this.
Finca Ariza
Our farm is located in a place known as Pago de Trayamar, in the area of Canto Blanco. It's a traditional area famed for its potatoes, sweet potatoes and other horticultural products, which are grown almost all year round thanks to the proximity to the sea, mild temperatures and plentiful sunshine. Algarrobo is home to people working in agriculture, fishing and tourism, which makes the village even more attractive. This results in a diversified development model, with cultural nuances thanks to the mix of agricultural and maritime professions. We all know each other in Algarrobo and we've always lived off the land and the sea. We're also very unassuming, and even tourists are part of the village as they're usually families who come back year after year for their holidays. Despite being on the coast, the village retains its identity and very little urban development has taken place. For example, just a few metres from the beach you can find tomato plantations, ancient olive groves and fields of avocados and mangos. Finca Ariza is a project that fuses innovation and tradition. The farm has been in operation ever since my great-grandfather's time. We've grown everything from potatoes and sweet potatoes to strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, beans and cucumbers. We still grow all these crops today, which are in decline around here due to the boom in tropical fruit, and we've recently started with Romanesco broccoli, pointed cabbage and Charentais melon. My great-grandfather was truly devoted to his work, dedicating his life to agriculture and eventually dying on the farm itself. My father, Angelín Bueno, professionalised the management of the farm. He bought land off family members and expanded the farm to the point that it needed staff to operate. This is the case of Ángeles, who joined us when she was just eleven years old and is still with us at the age of fifty-six. There are twenty-three people in the team now. Each one specialises in a specific role, and they're paid according to the collective agreement and the complexity of their job. As for the cultural diversity of our team, the Costa del Sol has always attracted immigrants from Senegal in search of employment related to tourism and farming. We've got five Senegalese employees in total and we've helped them become legal in Spain, as well as helping them buy houses back home in order to make their families feel more stable. The next step was when I joined the company. I spent several years working as an agricultural technician at companies in Mexico and Spain, and in 2010 I took over the farm to make our production organic and supply our own crops directly in order to sidestep the intermediation suffered by ordinary farmers. In this line of specialisation, we included Naturland certification in 2019, which saw us assess the importance of biodiversity in agriculture. As a result, we've grown hedges formed by Mediterranean plants, we've respected uncultivated areas, we've designed plant islands based on local shrubs, and we've improved water management, as Naturland helps us accurately determine the water needs of our crops and control spending. Our farm gets water from the La Viñuela reservoir, and we also have our own wells located nearby. We use a drip irrigation system, which saves us a lot of water compared to the irrigation practices used years ago. In our case, one plant doesn't need more than 0.7 litres in each session. As for the quality of the harvest, we select the crops at our own warehouse, where our team of packers discard any potatoes with damaged skin or any other symptoms of decay. We give these to farmers in our region so that they can use them as food for their livestock. We crush the by-products of our plants and incorporate them into the soil as organic matter, thereby closing the cycle without the need to generate waste.
Technical information
Finca Ariza, Caleta de Vélez, ES
20 m
12 women and 11 men
18 ha
Cultivation technique
Organic farming
Drip irrigation
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