organic mango
Finca Los Pepones
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The project

Adopt {publicVariety} from the farm "{farmName}" in {cityfarm} ({countryFarm}) and receive your harvest in the form of {production} at home. The Farmer {farmerName} 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 {publicVariety} from the farm "{farmName}" in {cityfarm} ({countryFarm}) and receive your harvest in the form of {production} at home. The Farmer {farmerName} 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 {publicVariety} that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2017. During the process of adoption you can choose a name that we will engrave on a plaque and hang on your tree. On our farm "Los Pepones" we mainly grow mangoes, although there is also an area dedicated to the cultivation of Hass avocado. We have three varieties of mango: Osteen, Keitt and Palmer Rojo, which we plant to spread out the harvest period. Each tree produces around 15 kg of fruit. The mango is without a doubt a fruit with a very special, exotic and different taste. The mango from our farm has an excellent quality due to the care with which it is cultivated and the freshness resulting from the direct transport from the source of the fruit to the final consumer. We harvest it when it reaches between 8 and 12 degrees Brix so that it has a spectacular sweetness. We don't store our fruit in chambers and hence, in a few hours it will travel from the tree to your home. I have a deep and rooted conviction about the benefits of using natural methods for the good development of agriculture, both for the final consumer and for the local flora and fauna. That's why while I was studying agronomy I convinced my family to take the step and obtain the organic farming seal. In 2020 the conversion period ended, so we already have this quality certification. The productive life of {publicVariety} 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 {variety} dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. A {variety} from our farm produces an average of {masterUnitsMax} kg 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 the amount you reserve. This way you will only pay for what you consume and we can plan and sell the remaining harvest amount to 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 with approximately __5 kg of organic mango__ * Variety Osteen, Keitt or Palmer Rojo according to date of shipment * Osteen Mango: elongated ovoid shape, weight between 300 and 750 gr, no fibers and its skin has a very characteristic purple color with orange, yellow or green spots (September to mid-October) * Keitt mango: ovoid - oval shape, weight about 500-750 gr, no fibres and the pulp has a sweet taste with a touch of sourness, its skin is green and pink (mid October to early November) * Palmer mango: elongated shape, weight between 350 and 600 gr, firm flesh with very fine fibres, very tasty, with a sweet touch, the skin is of a pinkish (mid October to early November) * Mangoes are picked from the tree on demand and shipped on the same day * Climacteric fruit: once you received your mangoes, wait a few days for them to ripen * The box is plastic-free When you receive the mangoes at home you must wait a few days before eating them, the ripening should happen at room temperature and in a dry place. They should not be refrigerated before ripening because their pulp loses great organoleptic quality. Once they are ripe, they can be refrigerated to extend their consumption period and you will be able to eat them in about 10 days. The perfect moment for consumption is when the skin of the mango recedes a little when you press it slightly. In addition, it begins to release a very pleasant sweet citrus aroma. In order to consume it, you must separate the pulp from the skin, for this you can peel it, or also split it in half and cut its flesh into small squares to make it easier to eat. If for some reason it matures too much, don't worry, you can use it to make some delicious recipe or jam.
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 mango is a fruit that ripens with the rays of the summer sun. Its harvesting season begins in autumn and lasts from September to November. As we have three varieties you will be able to receive one or the other depending on when you ask for your box to be sent. At the beginning of September we send the Osteen variety, in mid-October we continue with the collection of the red Palmer variety and finally, at the end of October, is when the Keitt variety reaches its optimum point of maturity. These forecasts may vary slightly depending on the weather.
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.

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

María Martínez Hijano
My name is Maria Martinez, I belong to a family that has been in agriculture for more than 4 generations, growing citrus fruits, almonds, olives, vines and now subtropical fruits. I am a young agronomist with a clear intention since I started working on the family farm: to improve agricultural production by applying sustainable techniques that encourage as many environmental benefits as possible in the surroundings. Since I was a child I have had a high environmental awareness because I learned the value of respect for nature from my family, who instilled it in me. In recent years we have decided to embark on the cultivation of subtropical fruit, specifically mango, which is a tree that is very well adapted to this area, as we are privileged to have a microclimate that is unique in Europe. Already as a child I accompanied my father to the countryside while he carried out his agricultural work, I loved to spend time with him in the fields. My father taught me to love this "lifestyle" as I like to call it. I couldn't get enough of looking at the plants and being amazed at how beautiful it is that after you take care of them they thank you with food, it's something magical! All this provided me a close contact with nature became my passion, so I decided to train as an agricultural engineer. I thank my father for his advice to choose this training because despite the doubts in adolescence, it was a total success because I love my profession. The farm belongs to my father and his siblings (Miguel, Ana and José María). At the end of my training the whole family put their trust in me unanimously despite my youth, thus starting a daily challenge and motivation. I have adopted this project as a personal one, doing all the management of the farm in an ecological way, giving my small contribution to the conservation of our ecosystem. I take care of the management and sustainable agronomic development of the family farm in an autonomous way. Since the management of the farm is ecological, the number of native animals such as chameleons, birds, amphibians and many insects has increased. They see our farm as a safe place to live! My work on the farm is to plan the technical management, it is very important to pay attention to the trees, to observe if they have any kind of nutritional deficiency or excess, to control the pests in an efficient and ecological way, to plan the fertilization, to stipulate the hours of irrigation and to be aware of the times of flowering, setting and harvesting of the fruit, in order to obtain a quality fruit. The farm team is in charge of implementing what has been planned, they apply the fertilizer, control the time of irrigation, carry out the control of weeds by means of the brush cutter, the tractor or cattle, carry out the necessary treatments and collect the fruit. The CrowdFarming system gives me the opportunity to offer my products directly to the final consumer, to people who appreciate not only the quality of the fruit but also our commitment to leave a better planet for future generations.
María Martínez Hijano

"I am very excited about this project because it fits in with my philosophy of living with respect for the environment, in which we establish a close relationship with the final consumer of our fruit, who values the effort and affection with which we treat our trees."

Finca Los Pepones
Finca Los Pepones
The name of the farm "Los Pepones" is derived from the small Andalusian village where it is located, belonging to the municipality of Velez-Malaga, province of Malaga. The farm is dedicated to the cultivation of mango and avocado and is located in the heart of La Axarquía, surrounded by other subtropical fruit growing fields. The economy of the area has improved a lot thanks to the increase of subtropical crops in recent years where the number of people involved is growing every day. In this way, the cultivation of subtropical fruits is becoming a "lifestyle" rather than a "job". The farm has been a family property for 4 generations, it has its own well and a reservoir where we store the water to supply our drip irrigation system, which is done with natural pressure. The amount of water needed by the trees is variable, most of the water is provided in summer, at this time an adult mango tree needs about 40 liters per day. All the management of the farm is done according to the conditions of sustainable agriculture, we do not use chemicals or herbicides that damage crops or negatively affect the biodiversity of native species. One of the workers on the farm has a small sheep farm; his flock of sheep grazing among our trees has proven to be the most effective and environmentally friendly control of weeds. A qualified team of 7 people work regularly on the farm during the harvest, and 3 during the rest of the year, 2 women and 1 man. The permanent workers have been with us for 6 years, since we planted the mangoes, and all of them are paid according to the collective agreement. We pick the fruit at the optimum moment of ripening, manually guaranteeing the selection of quality piece by piece, the fruits are not equal in size, but equally tasty. Fruits that have already ripened too much to be sent out are taken to the local markets in the area and the fruit that does not meet the quality requirements is taken by the workers to feed their livestock. The remains from pruning are crushed and fed to the soil as organic matter to be composted under each tree.
Technical information
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Finca Los Pepones, Vélez-Málaga, ES
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