avocados
Finca Los Pepones
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The project

Adopt an avocado tree from the farm "Finca Los Pepones" in Vélez-Málaga (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of avocados at home. The Farmer María 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 an avocado tree from the farm "Finca Los Pepones" in Vélez-Málaga (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of avocados at home. The Farmer María 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 an avocado tree that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2019. During the process of adoption you can choose a name that we will engrave on a plaque and hang on your tree. You adopt an organically grown avocado tree of the Hass or Lamb Hass variety. The Hass variety already has the organic label and the Lamb Hass variety is in the process of being converted to organic and we hope to obtain the label in 2023. During the purchase process, you can choose the name by which we identify your avocado tree. At Finca Los Pepones we grow two varieties of avocados; Hass and Lamb Hass. These varieties are very similar in appearance and fruit quality. There are two main differences, the moment when the fruit ripens and the size of the fruit. The Lamb Hass variety is a little later and has slightly larger fruit. On our farm, the adult trees are Hass and the youngest LambHass. The avocado is a fruit from America that has adapted very well to being grown in our region. Its fruit is highly appreciated for its exquisite nutty taste, and an unctuous texture. The avocados from our farm are cared for with great love. We are always careful to ensure that they are in the best possible condition. We harvest them at their optimal point of ripeness, when they have a dry matter percentage of over 20% and a fat yield of over 10%, to ensure that the quality is the best. We do not store the fruit in cold storage, so the avocados will go straight from the tree to your table. We have trees of various ages; while the oldest trees produce an average of 50 kg, the smaller ones produce about 15 kg per season. The productive life of an avocado tree is around 40 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 avocado tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. A avocado tree from our farm produces an average of 20 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: __4 kg of avocado__ (cardboard box) * Hass avocado (January to March): each piece weighs between 150 and 350 g, is pear-shaped, the skin is rough and dark green in colour and turns black when ripe. It has a nutty flavour, a creamy texture and no fibres when ripe * Lamb Hass avocado (April to May): each piece weighs between 200 and 500 g, is similar in shape to the Hass, has a rough green skin that turns black when ripe, has a creamy flesh with a nutty taste, and contains no fibres when ripe * Both varieties are organically grown, however, the Hass variety will be organically certified by 2020 and the Lamb Hass variety will be certified by 2023 * Harvested from the tree on request and shipped directly to your home in a cardboard box without plastics * One kilo contains between 4 and 7 fruits (the box contains 20 fruits approximately, depending on the size) * If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 20 days in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge) * It is a climacteric fruit that will continue to ripen once you receive it When you receive the avocados you will have to wait before consuming them. The avocados will arrive green and very hard. How do you know when they are ready to be eaten? * The colour of the skin turns black * The skin yields when you press it. It should yield all around. If only a small part yields, it is beginning to ripen, but it still has a couple of days left * When you remove the stalk the colour is yellow, if it is greenish it is not ready How do you get them to ripen a little earlier? A little trick is to wrap the avocados in a newspaper and put them in a warmer part of the house, for example in the kitchen pantry instead of the fruit bowl at the table. How can you extend the shelf life? If they all ripen at the same time and you want to have more time to enjoy them, you can put them in the fridge and take them out as you want to eat them. I recommend that you take them out one day before eating it so that it is not cold and the pulp is softer.
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 Hass season runs from January to March, so shipments will be made during this time. As for Lamb Hass, its season runs from April to May. These dates are indicative and may vary slightly as we depend on the weather of the area.
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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Buy a single box
Plastic-free
Fresh and in season

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 04/01/2021
Delivery starting on the 07/01/2021

Adopt an avocado tree

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Select the number of boxes you would like to reserve. Minimum is 8kg and maximum is 20kg.

2
(8.00 kg)
2
8.00 kg

Delivery country Spain

Adoption

40.90€ / Season

(logistics cost not included)
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Harvest analysis
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Family Farm
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.
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Technical information
Address
Finca Los Pepones, Vélez-Málaga, ES
Altitude
150m
Team
2 women and 1 man
Size
13ha
Cultivation technique
Organic farming
Irrigation
Drip irrigation
Location