avocados
Finca Marroquino
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The project

Adopt an avocado tree from the farm "Finca Marroquino" in Cútar (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of avocados at home. The Farmer Francisco José 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 Marroquino" in Cútar (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of avocados at home. The Farmer Francisco José 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?
You adopt an avocado tree cultivated under the European Union's Organic Farming regulations. We are in the process of converting and hope to get certified in 2023. During the process of adoption you can choose a name that we will engrave on a plaque and hang on your tree. On the Marroquino farm, I grow two varieties of avocados: Hass and Lamb Hass. Hass is the most cultivated variety worldwide and originated in California in 1926 from a Guatemalan seed. It has a long harvest season and a great quality. This variety is responsible for the increased worldwide consumption of avocado since the 60s. The other avocado variety that we cultivate is Lamb Hass. Recently introduced in Spain and derived from a seed selected from a cross-pollination of “Gwen”, it is considered the “grand-daughter” of the Hass. Other differences between these varieties are that the Lamb Hass has a higher production and ripens a little later, which allows to extend the harvest period. We carefully select the fruit we pick from the tree to prepare your box. This is an artisan and traditional production where no machinery is used for the cultivation nor the harvest unless the terrain is too steep and doesn’t leave us another option. Our plantation is located in a family farm that is in conversion to organic agriculture since 2020. We use modern micro-irrigation systems in order to save water. The most special thing about our crop is the flavour of the fruit. In season, we make delicious avocado smoothies as well as homemade guacamole. We never received any award nor do we need it; our greatest reward is the satisfaction we get from giving our avocados as presents for our family and friends, and the phone call that usually follows to congratulate us for the excellent quality of the fruit. The productive life of an avocado 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 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 28 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: Cardboard box of about __4 kilos of avocados__: * Hass: Each piece of fruit weighs between 200 g and 300 g. It has a small pit and the flesh isn’t fibery. It holds very well during transit and has a long post-harvest life. The skin is a bit rough and rather leathery. When the fruit is still on the tree, the colour is between a deep and dark green, sometimes almost black * Lamb Hass: It weighs a bit more than the Hass (between 280 g and 320 g). It is pear-shaped and the colour is green when unripe and black when ripe. Its skin is less rough and less flexible than the Hass, though it is easy to separate the skin from the flesh * We avoid the use of plastic for the packaging at all times * We do not store the fruit in cold chambers; it is picked from the tree and directly shipped to your home * The taste is exquisite and smooth with a nutty touch. The texture is creamy * When it is ripe, it is soft to the touch and the flesh is of a yellowish green * The avocados are harvested on demand * It is a climacteric fruit which ripens between 10 and 15 days from the moment it is picked from the tree * The avocado can be considered either a fruit or a vegetable, it pairs well with many different foods When you receive our avocados, they will still be very hard. As they are a climacteric fruit, they will ripen in the days following the delivery. The last avocados of the season may ripen faster due to the warmer spring temperatures. There is something you can do to obtain a staggered ripening. If you wrap a few avocados in newspaper and put them in a warm corner of the house, they will ripen faster. Once ripe, you may keep them in the fridge and they will be preserved as they are for a week. If you put the remaining unripe avocados in the fridge, the ripening process will be slowed down to a minimum and you can then gradually take some out to allow them to ripen. __How do I know that my Hass avocado is ready to eat?__ Your avocado’s skin should be black. If we remove the peduncle, we can observe one of three colours that indicate the ripening point: * Green: it isn’t yet ripe * Yellow: it is at its optimal ripening point * Brown: it is too ripe Another indicator is when it is soft to the touch when pressing it slightly. __How do I know that my Lamb Hass avocado is ready to eat?__ The Lamb Hass variety may already turn black before being completely ripe. Also, the skin is thicker than the Hass so it may require more pressure to determine its softness. The colours that can be observed under the peduncle indicate the same as for the Hass.
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. Each season’s climatology affects the flowering period (earlier or later), which is usually in March. It may also affect the fat content and weight of the fruit we obtain at harvest. The usual harvest period for our varieties are: * Hass Avocado: From January until the end of March * Lamb Hass Avocado: From the beginning of April until mid-May
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
Conversion to organic farming
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 01/01/2021
Delivery starting on the 07/01/2021

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Select the number of boxes you would like to reserve. Minimum is 8kg and maximum is 28kg.

2
(8.00 kg)
2
8.00 kg

Delivery country Spain

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38.12€ / Season

(logistics cost not included)
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Francisco José Marín Salgado
I come from a rural family in the Axarquía area (Málaga), which is the southern region of Spain where tropical fruits are grown. My grandparents and great-grandparents were already farmers and since I was little I have grown up surrounded by nature, agricultural fields, orchards, fruit trees and crops. In my adolescence I had the opportunity to go to university, where I had to combine my studies in Industrial Technical Engineering with helping my father with agricultural tasks. At the end of my course I worked as an engineer for some years in different industries in the area. However, when I started my own family I decided to take an exciting step and follow in the footsteps of my father in order to be a great farmer. Engineering studies have helped me to have a different point of view than the traditional farmer. I think I have a greater focus on the efficiency of processes such as water use, plantation design or organization of agricultural work. Currently we are a team made up of several family members and workers where my work is the administration of the daily tasks of the farm which we all carry out according to needs. My accumulated experience in the cultivation of subtropical fruits constantly caused that acquaintances and friends with farms asked me for advice and help to optimize production on their farms. This is mainly due to the professional cultivation of tropical fruits such as mangos and avocados being relatively recent in Europe. In 2017, due to the high volume of requests, I decided to found GESTROPIC as a tool to be able to offer a better service to those who needed it. The main purpose of this company is to manage the “Refijo” and “Marroquino” family farms, as well as helping small farmers in the area to manage their tropical fruit farms. GESTROPIC also has an important focus on training farmers to pass on the acquired knowledge of good agricultural practices to them. This is achieved by periodically conducting courses and field days to teach them how to grow avocados and mangos in a sustainable and efficient way. Being able to send our fruits directly to each final consumer and thus being able to send top quality fresh fruit is what has led us to enter CrowdFarming. The success of a good quality in our farm is to distribute it as directly as possible to the final consumer.
Francisco José Marín Salgado

“It is my passion to produce mangos and avocados of excellent quality so that you can enjoy all the flavor of Malaga's tropical fruits. The fruits grown on the Refijo and Marroquino farms will get to your home quickly thanks to CrowdFarming, and you will help the local economy and sustainable agriculture! "

Finca Marroquino
Finca Marroquino
The Finca Marroquino farm is located in a very particular enclave, within the municipality of Cútar, situated on a mountain slope with breathtaking cliffs! The slope reaches more than 100% (45º) in many points. In the lowest part of the farm, the "Pipí stream" runs past the avocado trees to the so-called "Peñones Gordos". The latter are giant cuts in the middle of the riverbed. Looking up, you see mountains on both sides and the peculiar "Peña de Hierro" just above them. The name of the farm comes from a former owner’s nickname. The fields of this farm were planted by my father about 20 years ago and they were extended about 3 years ago. We have grown avocado trees of the Hass variety and young trees of the Lamb hass variety as well as young mango trees of the Osteen variety that will soon start producing. They are all irrigated using modern drip irrigation systems from an irrigation community. Although we are still in the conversion phase our cultivation is already organic. For weed control, we use a manual procedure. We do not use pesticides and/or herbicides, favoring thereby the proliferation of beneficial insects for pest control, and consequently biodiversity. Besides, we reuse the irrigation water in order to avoid overexploiting the groundwater. My family and one or two workers work actively on the farm, depending on the respective season and the requirements of the farm. The salary is in accordance with the collective agreement and includes contributions above the required levels. The specific tasks are distributed among the team members, although all of the workers are qualified to carry out all of the necessities of the farm such as pruning, grafting, watering, fertilizing, etc. Fruits that cannot be sold are destined for local markets. We also use them for jams and guacamole and they are consumed by family and friends, too. The avocados you'll receive are in their optimum state of ripeness. They are harvested minimizing the loss of quality caused by bruises or bad conservation. They are packed as homogeneously and quickly as possible based on the planning offered by CrowdFarming to avoid unnecessary preservation. The residue coming from pruning is used as organic matter on the farm and is composted directly under each tree. Fruits in worse conditions are usually given to neighbors with livestock to feed their animals and thus avoid waste.
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Technical information
Address
Finca Marroquino, Cútar, ES
Altitude
202m
Team
2 men
Size
3.5ha
Cultivation technique
Agriculture in conversion to organic
Irrigation
Drip irrigation
Location