Contents of the box: 1 box contains 3kg of organic mini avocados
Pear-shaped, dark green skin that turns black when ripe, yellowish pulp with a nutty flavour, very creamy texture, small stone
The mini hass avocado is not a different variety of fruit, it is the same, but smaller fruit with the same pulp to stone ratio
Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2022
Picked the day before shipment at their optimal point of ripeness and shipped in a cardboard box without plastics
The box includes some extra fruits, in case some of them arrive damaged
Our trees are not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size
One kilo contains between 8 and 12 fruits (the box contains between 24 and 36 fruits depending on the size)
Keep them at room temperature until they are ripe, once they are fully ripe put them in the fridge to keep them longer
It is a climacteric fruit, harvested when it reaches physiological ripeness but continues to evolve after harvesting until it is ready for consumption
Important: The fruits usually arrive hard, keep them at room temperature until they are ready to eat; if you receive an already ripe piece, you can put it in the fridge or eat it straight away
José Antonio Fajardo
My name's José Antonio Fajardo and I'm a young farmer and university student. Although I'm only twenty years old, I belong to a family of farmers and I'm the fifth generation, both on my father's and my mother's sides.
My great-grandparents were from Otivar and Jete, two small towns on the Costa Tropical in Granada. This was where tropical fruits were first cultivated in continental Europe. As a homage, there's a delicious variety of cherimoya known as the Fino de Jete. If you don't know it, I recommend trying it if you can. It's not very common outside Spain, but is nicknamed the 'fruit yoghurt' thanks to its sweetness and creamy texture.
My grandparents and great-grandparents used to grow vines, almond trees and olive trees on the dryland slopes and sugar cane on the valley floors, where there was more water. In the mid-twentieth century, following the decline of sugarcane cultivation in the region, they decided to start growing subtropical fruits.
In the 1950s and 1960s, subtropical fruits were unknown in the region. My ancestors started to experiment with the cultivation of avocados and cherimoyas, becoming pioneers in the growth of subtropical crops, which are now quite commonplace in the region. The family still owns the original fincas and takes care of the trees they planted. We've been looking after them for seventy years now, with the same love that they put into planting them. Over time, we've acquired more fincas and now we grow a whole host of fruits, with the main ones being avocados, mangoes, cherimoyas and oranges, although we also have small plots with Orinoco bananas (a local variety) and guavas.
As to be expected, my passion for agriculture comes from childhood, as it has always been the core focus of my maternal and paternal family. I'm fully aware of the importance of education to ensure the optimal management of fincas, which is why I'm currently studying Economics with a view to gaining knowledge for myself and conveying it to the family.
On seeing my passion for the land, my parents asked me to manage this CrowdFarming project. The Altos de Cantarriján and Finca Valdivieso projects were created to be modern farms, where we can showcase our way of working and transfer this model of agriculture to other farmers. These farms were acquired by the family less than ten years ago. For two years now, I've been responsible for their management, always listening to the advice of a wonderful team made up by agronomists and employees, who are just like family as they've seen me grow up. And, of course, I'm lucky to count on the experience and love of my parents!
My main goal is to refresh the approach that traditional agriculture has in the region. I'd like more young producers to see Hacienda Altos de Cantarriján and Finca Valdivieso as models of sustainable management. I'm convinced that organic farming, sustainable food production techniques, the circular economy of resources, the optimised use of water and new relationships with consumers will be the inspiration for the new generations of farmers. We need to change the production model. All these agricultural practices will mark a before and after in climate change, which concerns me so much on a personal level. I'm also convinced that in a few years' time the fincas that I manage will be better and that I'll have contributed to leaving a better world behind for future generations. CrowdFarming provides me with the opportunity to make this dream come true, as I believe in and share all the values that this platform offers to consumers across Europe.
All my free time and holidays are spent on the farm. Time definitely flies by when I'm focused on working the land. When I can't be on the farm due to my studies, I call the foremen to ask how the harvest is going and help them with any jobs.
Last but not least, I'd like to highlight my relationship with one of the people I admire the most: my grandfather. His name is also José Antonio Fajardo. He's the best reference I've ever had and has instilled in me an unconditional love for the land, for hard work and for things well done. I can't remember a single day in my childhood that I didn't want to spend with him going around farms, solving problems with the crops and watching the fruit grow. I've spent a lot of time with him, ever since my first steps as a toddler. Although I see him less now, I spend time with him whenever I can. He motivates me to fight for what I want and to do business well. In short, he's the perfect example of a lifestyle that I love and want to keep up.
Hacienda Altos de Cantarriján
The Hacienda Altos de Cantarriján is a farm nestled in a valley near the Costa Tropical in the province of Granada, Spain. It's located in La Herradura (Granada), a beautiful coastal village between the Mediterranean and the Sierra de Almijara, an area of sea and mountains, with plenty of slopes and ravines. Its name is due to the well-known Cantarriján beach, which receives the streams that form after rainfall. This practically unspoilt natural beach is nestled among cliffs and is very popular in the summer with people keen to get off the beaten track.
Agriculture is the most important economic sector in the region, apart from tourism. This finca used to be somewhat neglected, as for many years it belonged to an investment company that had no relation to the agricultural industry. This company, unable to manage the farm as necessary, met with us and decided to sell it to us, as they fell in love with our project. When my family bought this land, we realised that we had to dedicate a lot of hard work to make progress, as much of the farm had been neglected for a long time. However, this was a truly motivating challenge!
Part of the property was planted with avocados, but most of it was scrubland or covered by Mediterranean forest, which we still preserve today. Our goal was to create a family project with a future vision of sustainable agriculture. We love creating jobs in the region and leaving a positive impact on the environment and on society. We currently grow avocados and mangoes on this finca. My family has other farms in the area. Although we mainly grow mangoes and avocados, we also have traditional crops such as custard apples or newly introduced crops such as guava. Depending on factors such as the ripening process or variety, we may send you fruit from another farm, but it will have been grown according to the same quality standards as at Altos de Cantarriján.
We want to make sustainability our hallmark, as we love this region and want to protect it. We produce food with organic farming techniques, thereby improving the environment and creating wealth. More than ten permanent employees look after the finca throughout the year, a figure which doubles during the harvest period. Employees are paid according to the corresponding collective agreement and some higher-level positions benefit from perks.
The main restriction of the finca is the amount of water required. As is well known, tropical plants need to be watered frequently. We know the area and its climate very well, which is why from the outset we've made every effort to ensure that our main source of water for irrigation is rainwater. Due to the steep slopes and proximity to the sea, water is lost quickly when it rains. We decided to leverage this resource and collect rainwater that would otherwise be wasted. So, when it rains, we direct the water into a collection tank in the lower part of the finca. This water is then pumped into a tank at the top of the farm and then drip-irrigated, so not a single drop is wasted. Each avocado tree needs about 10m³ a year and each mango tree about 2m³, which varies depending on the age of the tree and time of year. At present, we're self-sufficient in water consumption solely with rainwater, although we have a well that we use as a reserve in emergency situations.
The finca covers a large area and even though we grow avocados and mangoes, the largest part of the land is covered by pine groves and Mediterranean forest. We've installed beehives to help the pollination of crops and, in turn, local flora. And it's also common to see wild animals such as mountain goats, wild boars, birds of prey or chameleons.
What's more, Hacienda de Altos de Cantarriján is currently transitioning towards Organic Farming. Whenever possible, we avoid the production of waste. We manage all our plant waste, such as prunings and weeds, and turn them into compost on site. Grasses are removed manually, either by uprooting or mowing them. We make every effort to care for our trees so that very little fruit is discarded, although if it's very ripe and can't be sent to our customers, we send it to the local market or donate it to charitable organisations.
Hacienda Altos de Cantarriján, Almuñecar, ES
Agriculture in conversion to organic
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