The name of our farm, El Solar, comes from land that my family had and from whose sale we were able to buy the land of our mangoes and avocados. We have decided to keep this name in memory of our grandparents, from whom we inherited this beautiful farm, and thus follow in their foot steps, as excellent farmers.
It is located in the region of La Axarquía, east of the province of Malaga. This region preserves deep roots of its Arab history, such as the names of towns, the architecture of streets and even today, some hydraulic works for irrigation. In the highest and coldest areas old plots of olive and almond trees, grapevines and prickly pear remain. However, tropical agriculture has allowed significant economic development in a traditionally poor and depressed area. Today there are many families that, in one way or another, live off the avocados and mangoes that are growing in the valleys and slopes of the region, dressing them in green tones.
Our water footprint is very small thanks to the compensated drip irrigation system. For us, water is a scarce and universal good, therefore, we try to make the least possible impact. We are currently working on a project where we will save up to 20% of the water consumed per kg produced, by monitoring environmental parameters.
Thanks to my international experience as a Business Controller in one of the largest organic avocado producers, I have seen the benefits of growing organic products. There are many reasons, but the main one is that we create life on our land thanks to the processes we carry out, including:
The handling of the grass, we brush it with electric brush cutters. The grass is crushed in the ground to be used as compost for our crops.
Pruning, we carry out a very similar process.
Pollination, we always try to leave some part of the farm with flowers, to keep the bees alive.
Regarding our staff, as it is a small farm, the family nucleus itself is in charge of it, consisting of:
My parents, Salvador and Ana: since they were very young they have been breeding livestock (cattle) and cultivating different types of crops such as cereals, tomatoes, artichokes with care and affection, and now they cultivate mangoes. From them we inherited the passion of loving what you do, since that way you will get a top quality product.
The promising young talents, my brother Jaime (agronomist) and I (economist): from a very young age, we have been connected to the agri-food world, which has served us a lot in our professional and personal lives.
During the harvest and pruning season, we have the help of Antonio and Alejandro. Antonio has been working with my family for 30 years, therefore, he is almost one of the family. Alejandro has only worked one season with us, but he is promising as well!
The mango is such a precious fruit that nothing must be wasted, unless for some reason it has gone bad. We use pieces that do not meet the quality requirements for our own consumption, since there are many of us in the family and more friends who come from time to time to take a walk around the farm.