organic lemons
Finca Villa Berta
We are in off-season.

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. These lemon trees were planted in 2017 and in 2020 will be their first harvest. We work with two varieties: eureka and verna. The lemons change color from greenish yellow at the beginning of the season to intense yellow when ripe. Flowering takes place almost all year round, often with peaks in late summer and mid-spring. The verna variety is very typical in the Murcia region and is very popular because, due to its thick skin, the lemons can withstand the heat of summer without dehydrating. We produce according to the specifications of Organic Agriculture. This organic production system does not allow the use of synthetic chemical fertilizers or pesticides to control pests, diseases or invasive plants. Similarly, methods that cause deterioration of the soil or the environment in general cannot be used. We control pests by biological control, using natural enemies (parasitoids, predators or pathogens) to reduce the population of a pest species below a threshold of economic damage. These natural enemies, in most cases, are naturally present on the farm because we do not carry out weed control work. The productive life of {publicVariety} is around 30 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 other trees. 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 from you tree 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 of 6kg of organic lemons__ * With EU Organic Farming certification. * Varieties: verna (spring-summer) y eureka (autumn-winter). * Lemon verna: elongated shape, medium to large size, almost seedless and low acidity. * Eureka lemon: oval shape, medium size and thin skin. * Harvested on demand and shipped directly to your home. * No post-harvest treatment or pre-selection by color or size. * Average shelf life: 40 days (cold). * Natural source of vitamin C.
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 eureka lemon is mainly harvested during autumn and winter, from November to February/March, but it continues to flower throughout the year, so until summer we can have eureka lemons, although in small quantities. The lemon verna has a longer flowering period than other lemon varieties and also has several blooms throughout the year. The main harvest takes place from the end of April to the end of June. During July and August, the fruit from the second flowering period is harvested. You will receive your harvest in the form of 6kg lemon boxes.
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

Francisco Marín Cánovas
My story is that of a family with a tradition linked to agriculture and animal husbandry. My grandparents were farmers of small "tahullas" of land, which is the measure used in Murcia and Vega Baja in Alicante to measure the area, equivalent to 1,118 square metres. Later, because of their children's concern, they started trying to sell them directly in the markets. To do this, the fruit was packed in boxes in the garages of the house and the most interesting thing is that this happened in the case of both my mother's and my father's family. When they met and married, they decided to continue this dynamic and started their export business together in 1980. They founded Frutas Naturales, which is the family business dedicated to the trade and production of citrus fruits, melons and vegetables. My brothers and I were always involved in the family business helping during the summers, etc., I joined my mother Encarna when my father passed away in 2005. Thanks to our efforts and a little luck, which is always necessary, we were able to overcome the difficulties and adapt to the new situation without our leader. We focused on citrus fruits and when things improved, we decided to integrate the production of organic citrus fruits into our project with Agrícola Eureka. We planted 2 orchards that were born organic: Finca Villa Berta and Los Calderones, where we have the varieties Eureka, Primofiori, Verna, Meyer (mixture of lemon and mandarin, special lemon for cooking), caviar lemons, Buddha Hands and limes (limes). The effort and support of my parents made it possible for me and my brothers to attend university. Before joining the family business, I was working in the banking sector, but I was not satisfied and joined a high-tech greenhouse business until I became head of the family business after my father's death.
Francisco Marín Cánovas

"Family businesses have a duty to be innovative in order to reward the efforts of our forefathers. Our first innovation from a personal perspective was our commitment to organic farming. The new challenge is to develop a direct sales channel for our citrus fruits to the end consumer. Being able to send our citrus fruits to every household in Europe is a fascinating and promising challenge - we look forward to learning!"

Finca Villa Berta
Finca Villa Berta
Finca Villa Berta is located 4 km from the sea and borders the protected natural area of La Sierra de Escalona, its surroundings is a protected area within the network of Protected Natural Spaces of the Valencian Autonomous Region. Without a doubt, the main value of the fauna of this territory is the abundance of rabbits, which has allowed species of great environmental value such as the golden eagle or Bonelli's eagle to find one of its main areas of dispersion in the landscape, and some carnivorous mammals such as the Montes cat have a significant population in this area. We are in a ZEPA zone and we have the La Pedrera dam very close. The farm is located in the municipality of Salinas de San Miguel, in the region of Vega Baja del Segura, with a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot and dry summers with average temperatures above 22 ºC, and wet and rainy winters with mild temperatures. We bought the orchard in 2015 and there were only abandoned almond trees. Little by little, we transformed it into a citrus farm, and from the beginning we were convinced that we would farm organically because we wanted to offer a quality lemon without toxic residues. I like to try new varieties and that's why, apart from lemons, we also have limes and kumquats. We are in the middle of administrative procedures to obtain the licence for the construction of a water reservoir of sufficient capacity to ensure the irrigation of the plantation. At the moment, our orchard is irrigated by a drip system, we are working with sensors to reduce water consumption to the absolute minimum. The water comes from the transfer channel (Tajo-Segura) and the desalination plant. A lemon tree consumes about 2,500 litres of water in one season. Grass management is done with a brushcutter. The residues supply the soil with organic matter that decomposes and is transformed into nutrients for the plants. Tall grasses are removed so that they do not compete with the tree and regrowth is ensured. In our orchard, the organic waste from pruning is incorporated into the soil, producing a beneficial effect on the environment. On the one hand, the content of soil organic matter and other essential nutrients such as N, P2O5 and K2O is improved. On the other hand, it helps to fight erosion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing the absorption of CO2 from the soil. Our daily life on the farm is a team effort. There are two key elements for the success of the project: one is Domingo, our main technician specialized in Organic Agriculture, passionate about this type of agriculture, biological control, auxiliary fauna, reduction of water consumption by sensor-controlled irrigation, etc... The other key element of the team is Alonso, our manager, who directs the work of the farm: irrigation, tillage, cutting and pruning. He is also in charge of organizing specialized teams of 8 to 10 people for pruning and harvesting.
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Finca Villa Berta, Alquerías, ES
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