organic jam made from tropical fruits
Finca Los Córdoba
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The project

Adopt a tropical fruit tree from the farm "Finca Los Córdoba" in Almuñécar (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of organic jam made from tropical fruits at home. Monica Sandra 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 a tropical fruit tree from the farm "Finca Los Córdoba" in Almuñécar (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of organic jam made from tropical fruits at home. Monica Sandra 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?
Adopt a tropical fruit tree that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2002. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your tropical fruit tree. Finca Los Córdoba is located in a small valley in Almuñecar. The Finca has belonged to my husband's family for more than 100 years. At that time the family cultivated citrus fruits, the first chirimoya and avocado trees were planted in the middle of the 20th century. As of today, we have a modern tropical fruit plantation developed with about 30 kinds of tropical fruits. Dragon fruit, lychees, star fruit and sapote are only some of the exotic species that we proudly cultivate. Our region enjoys a microclimate unique in Europe and is therefore also called Costa tropical (tropical coast)! This climate allows the cultivation of tropical and subtropical plant species from all over the world e.g. mangos and papayas of Asian origin or passion fruit and chirimoya, which originally came from America. So the farm is like a small botanical garden! We have been marketing six of the different varieties organically since 2002: avocado, chirimoya, mango, guava, papaya, and star fruit. These trees you can adopt with us. The other varieties we currently grow mainly for our own consumption, but if you visit us you can of course also taste them! Ten years ago, I started making organic jams to make full use of our production and not to throw the fruit away. We converted a farmhouse located on our estate into a small artisan jam factory where we produce all our jam. The estate as well as the factory have the organic certification. We work in accordance with our vision: to produce high-quality products for the end consumer while at the same time protecting the environment. The productive life of a tropical fruit tree is around 50 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 tropical fruit tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. To give you an idea, producing 1 kg of guava jam requires 1.2 kg of fruit, whereas for 1 kg of chirimoya jam you need 3 kg of fruit.
What will you receive?
Each season we will send you a box with: __Organic jam made from tropical fruits__ (8 jars in total) 3 x Organic __mango__ jam (275g jar) 2 x Organic __guava__ jam (275g jar) 1 x Organic __chirimoya__ jam (275g jar) 1 x Organic __mango and passion fruit__ jam (275g jar) 1x Organic __papaya__ jam (275g jar) Our jams have a fruit content of over 70% and are free from preservatives or colouring agents. The fruit used are ripe and freshly harvested. Its taste is uniquely fruity, exotic, and intense. They are perfectly suited to spread on bread for breakfast, but also for making delicious desserts. Once opened, they should be kept between 3ºC and 7ºC, and enjoyed as soon as possible. Unopened they can be kept for about 6 - 18 months, depending on the variety.
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date Monica Sandra will start preparing the orders that are to be shipped. You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by Monica Sandra at check-out. You will receive the jams in December when we have already harvested all the tropical fruits of the season. Mangoes are harvested from August to December, chirimoyas from October to March, guavas from October to January, papayas from April to September and passion fruit from October to November.
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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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 tropical fruit tree

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Delivery country Spain

Final price:

38.07€ / Season

Includes adoption, preparation and shipment of the order.

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Monica Sandra Gozálvez
My name is Mónica Sandra Gozálvez and I am the "jam master" and a graduated agricultural engineer. I come from Argentina, where I studied subjects related to agriculture at Jujuy University. At the beginning of 2000, when I teached and advised farmers, I met my husband Alberto de Córdoba, Dipl.-Ing. and owner of the Finca "Los Córdoba". At that time he was a sugar cane consultant in Tucumán. We took the same master's degree course and had to make decisions on the conclusion: Spain or Argentina. Fate brought me to Spain, where I studied a Master's degree in Food Technology. My husband remembers the farm when he planted trees with his father. Although he was a mathematician, he loved the land. One of their first projects together was the installation of the drip irrigation system to make water-saving more efficient. Alberto loved so much this stage of his life that this is where his passion for agricultural engineering was born. From the very beginning, we have been growing fruit in a sustainable, ecological and environmentally conscious way. Sustainability also means avoiding food waste, therefore we have processed the fruit that does not look so good differently. We started to use the fruit that couldn’t be sold through the conventional channel to elaborate jams, but we also make other products as fruit syrups or fruit for the ice cream industry. We want to deliver our products directly from the farm to the end-user. Crowdfarming helps us reach more consumers from more countries in order to spread our philosophy and values.
Monica Sandra Gozálvez

"We want to continue producing tropical fruit jams ecologically and sustainably, and to send these products directly from our farm to your home. Crowdfarming helps us ensure that our products cross borders and reach consumers throughout Europe."

Finca Los Córdoba
Finca Los Córdoba
Our Finca is called "Los Córdoba", so named because of the Cordoba family who has owned this farm for over 100 years. Nearby is the Río Seco Bajo ("dry river"). The river is actually dry, it contains only water when it rains. Tropical fruit is cultivated all over the region. It is nice that most of the farms in the area are certified organic and are environmentally conscious. With the generational change, my husband has started farming as secondary employment. Back then, fruit was simply cultivated and sold, without giving much importance to the potential of the farm. This changed about 10 years ago when we started up the artisan jam project. My knowledge and professional experience in the food industry helped me to successfully implement this step. Depending on the season and plant, additional irrigation may be necessary. The annual rainfall in our region is about 450 mm. It hardly rains in summer. For the irrigation, we use registered wells and pump the water from a water reservoir above the Finca. We use the difference in altitude to irrigate the water by drip irrigation directly to the plant. This means that considerably less water evaporates. The climate of the region is mild enough so that the tropical plants can also overwinter without damage. Only the papayas suffer with mild winter, but do not die. In order to use only the required amount of fertiliser, we rely on slant and soil analyses. Normally we fertilize - according to need - with organic certified natural products such as liquid manure, phosphorus, and potassium. To control pests and plant diseases, take into account that not all insects or microorganisms are harmful. We use appropriate remedies, such as pheromones against fruit flies, biological control of mites, oil against cochineal, etc. The farm is maintained by three people; Antonio, our farmer, Alberto, my husband, and myself. But of course, we also have animals, such as chameleons. Antonio was already working on the farm when we started the project. He comes from an area in Almuñécar called Gelibra. He has always been known as a farmer. He proudly claims that he was born under an avocado tree! Antonio likes working with us very much, especially because we do not use pesticides. He is self-employed and also works on his own farm in Gelibra. During the harvest period, one or two friends of his help us. When it is time to harvest, we select the most beautiful fruits for direct selling. The fruit which is damaged or misshapen but still has the highest quality and taste, we use for our manufacture. I am responsible for the production of the jams, which are made in our 60m2 manor house. There we have the necessary machines for processing. Although we are a small company, we have the certificate for processing of foodstuffs by the Spanish authority for Food Safety and the Andalusian Ecological Commission. Both in the factory and in the farm, all by-products are reused. For example, green waste from pruning is crushed and left in the field. They are not burned, which means lower particle emissions and higher soil fertility results.
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Technical information
Address
Finca Los Córdoba, Almuñécar, ES
Altitude
30m
Team
1 woman / 2 men
Size
2ha
Cultivation technique
Organic farming
Irrigation
Drip irrigation
Location