organic oranges
Hort de Bitem
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The project

Adopt an orange tree from the farm "Hort de Bitem" in Bitem (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of organic oranges at home. The Farmer Joaquín 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 orange tree from the farm "Hort de Bitem" in Bitem (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of organic oranges at home. The Farmer Joaquín 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 orange tree that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2008. During the process of adoption you can choose a name that we will engrave on a plaque and hang on your tree. Ecological orange tree from the family of Navel oranges. At the Hort de Bitem we have three main varieties: fukumoto (between November and December), navelina (from the end of December to January) and navel (from mid-January to the end of February). All are varieties that have always been grown in this region. Fukumoto is not as old but it has long been one of the earliest oranges to be harvested. The productive life of an orange 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 orange tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. A orange tree from our farm produces an average of 60 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 the season you will be receiving the quantity of harvest you reserved in the adoption process. Shipping format: __Boxes of 10 kg of oranges__ * Fukumoto: is a round navelina orange with a thin skin. It is harvested at the beginning of November if the weather is favourable. When we begin to collect it has a slightly more acidic taste and its colour has greenish tones that change as time goes by. Its flavour at the best point of ripeness is intense with a good juice content * Navelina: is an orange with a quite round shape and a good juice content. When it is well ripened it is very sweet and tasty. Depending on the year, we can have it from the end of November until January * Navel Foyos: is an orange generally bigger than the previous ones. Its flavour is sweet and it has a high juice content which makes it exquisite both for consumption fresh and in juice. It ripens approximately between January and February
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. In the Hort Bitem project (Fukumoto, Navelina and Navel Foyos) the harvest is from the end of November to the end of February. Fukumoto is the first one we collect, then we continue with Navelina and finish with Foyos. It is not a strict order as we pick according to the area of the farm and the degree of ripeness. My family has been here for many years and we know well where the fruit is ripe at any given time.
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
Organic
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 22/11/2020
Delivery starting on the 23/11/2020

Adopt an orange tree

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Select the number of boxes you would like to reserve. Minimum is 30kg and maximum is 60kg.

3
(30.00 kg)
3
30.00 kg

Delivery country Spain

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37.54€ / Season

(logistics cost not included)
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Joaquín Gine
I am the son and grandson of farmers, our family has always been linked to the countryside, growing vegetables, fruit trees, olives and citrus. But at the moment we only grow organic citrus. We decided to switch to organic farming because we used to do integrated agriculture and we decided to take a step forward and differentiate ourselves with a high quality product, respecting the environment and nutritional health as much as possible. We are the third generation of a family business dedicated to the production of citrus fruits. We produce and pack our fruit in the farm warehouse. Our day-to-day life in the countryside changes depending on the time of year, as the crop has different stages. During the harvest, we are dedicated to harvesting the fruits and selecting the best ones. Depending on the ripeness of the fruit, we pick it or wait a few days, in order for it to arrive at its destination with the maximum quality. As the harvesting period is long due to the different varieties we cultivate, we also have to do the maintenance of the farms during this time: cutting herbs, checking irrigation, providing the manure, pruning, replanting a tree ... With all this work we are a group of 7 people and sometimes get help when there is more to do. Normally there are some who are dedicated to harvesting the fruit and others do various tasks. We use the time, when the trees are still wet in the mornings because of the dew to complete other daily maintenance tasks, since the citrus fruits with dew water cannot be harvested because they would spoil faster. I personally take care of controlling the whole process of filling the boxes so that the fruit reaches our customers' homes as well as possible. My parents also provide me with a great deal of support with their experience of so many years working as farmers. The job of a farmer is a continuous experience that we gain day by day. I have always dedicated myself to agriculture because it motivates me and it satisfies me to see, on a day to day basis, how every plant that we take care of evolves until it yields the expected fruit in order to be able to deliver it to our customers. We are currently looking forward to joining CrowdFarming, so that we can deliver our organic citrus directly to you.
Joaquín Gine

"I am a professional farmer and together with my family we have different farms located in our region: El Baix Ebre, located in the south of Catalonia. There we have different varieties of mandarins and oranges, so that our customers can enjoy our citrus fruits for as long as possible, starting at the end of October and ending at the end of June depending on each season. The future as a farmer I see in being able to deliver our products directly with the highest quality."

Hort de Bitem
Hort de Bitem
The "Hort de Bítem" farm is located on the left bank of the river Ebro, bordering the highest point with the pines of the area that extends from the "Sierra de Cardó y Boix". Over the centuries the Ebro River has deposited sediments on the banks of the river, making these areas ideal locations for cultivation. The farm has a level difference of about 35 meters from the river to where the pines start. From the highest point we have a good view of the region with the Ebro valley in its centre. The production of the farm is entirely organic since 2008. It covers an area of 8.5 hectares and we have different varieties of citrus fruit, always grown organically, such as Fukumoto, which is the first to be harvested at the beginning of November, and also the navels which will be harvested in January and February. Apart from the varieties from the CrowdFarming project we have others that allow us to extend the season and complement it with mandarins and lemons. On the same farm we have the farmhouse where my parents live and also the warehouse where we manage, prepare and send orders to our customers.. The farms we have are located within the Terres de l'Ebre Biosphere Reserve and at the same time we are surrounded by two natural parks "Ports de Tortosa" and "Delta de L'Ebre". We are a family business that started three generations ago to cultivate vegetable fields and some citrus trees. At that time my grandparents farmed different crops in order to sell them to the local markets. My parents, together with their siblings, started another stage of expanding the olive farms and transforming another one to irrigated land in order to plant citrus fruits in conventional farming. Already in my generation together with my family after a few years of growing with pesticides and chemical fertilizers we decided to switch to organic farming in 2018. Our switch to organic farming was a consequence of the fact that we realized that there was an over-exploitation of conventional crops and the profitability of the crop was already zero. We decided to take the new path that was opening up from organic and started the conversion. We stopped using chemical pesticides to protect the environment and at the same time protect ourselves and our consumers. We obtain the irrigation water for our crops from our own wells with quality water from the Ebro aquifers. The cultivation of citrus fruits if there were no irrigation water would not be possible, since it is a very demanding crop, during the vegetative cycle has enough stages of water consumption depending on temperatures and the phenological state. In winter, if it rains, it is not necessary to water, but in summer we have to water from 3 to 6 days per week with a dose of 70 to 90 litres per tree per day. All this watering is done by continuous drip hoses (drop by drop). We want to implement a system of solar energy collection to pump the water for irrigation of our crops. At the same time on our farm we have been implementing the system of anti-herb mesh in the soil, that helps us to reduce the volume of irrigation water between 20% and 30%. Also the nets, by not letting the weeds out under the trees, reduce the competition for their nutrients. In the center of the crop rows we let the herbs grow to favor the biodiversity of insects that host the useful fauna, thus creating a control system for some pests. This area of grass is occasionally cleared to incorporate organic matter into the soil while also crushing the pruning branches on the same plot, thus closing a cycle of organic matter.
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Technical information
Address
Hort de Bitem, Bitem, ES
Altitude
14 m
Team
5 (1 woman / 4 men)
Size
8.5 hectares
Cultivation technique
Organic farming
Irrigation
drip irrigation
Location