clementines
Hort del Zèfir
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The project

Adopt a clementine tree from the farm "Hort del Zèfir" in Bétera (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of clementines at home. The Farmer Vicent 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 a clementine tree from the farm "Hort del Zèfir" in Bétera (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of clementines at home. The Farmer Vicent 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 a clementine tree cultivated under the European Union's Organic Farming regulations. We are in the process of converting and hope to get certified in 2024 During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your clementine tree. The clementine variety that we cultivate is the "Orogrande". A very similar variety to that of the clementines from Nules, the most renowned one within this type of clementine. The tree is vigorous, with narrow, glossy leaves. It goes into production quickly but tends to have a varying yield, that is, the harvest is especially great every two years. Anyhow, the trees do not act equally and never are all of them without fruit. Our trees are located within a natural environment of a warm, healthy and eco-friendly atmosphere, between the sea and the mountains. The productive life of a clementine tree is around 30-35 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 clementine tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. A clementine tree from our farm produces an average of 40 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 clementines harvest that you reserve on the moment of adoption. Shipping format: __Box of 5 kg of clementines__ * "Orogrande" clementine (from November to mid-December): easy to peel, pretty and imperfect - they may have some seeds due to the pollination of bees - very sweet * Farming in transition to organic farming since 2020 * Picked the day before shipment at their optimal point of ripeness and shipped in a cardboard box without plastics * One kilo contains between 6 and 8 fruits (the box contains 35 fruits approximately, depending on the size) * If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 10-15 days in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge) The "Orogrande" clementine is characterized by a strong orange color and a very round shape. It is very easy to peel and its flavor becomes sweeter as the season progresses. At the beginning, they have that sour touch that makes them so fresh and little by little the sweetness gains ground. This variety contains abundant juice within its segments, so we recommend that you also use it to make juice since the flavor it provides is very intense and has no bitter taste.
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 Farmer will collect your harvest on demand and just before shipment so you will receive it fresh and without post-harvest treatment (no waxes, no preservatives). The product is harvested between the months of November, December and sometimes we can make it to early January. We collect your clementines in the morning and we send them to you the very same afternoon.
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.
Pesticide-free
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

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Conversion to organic farming
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Pesticide-free
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Plastic-free
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Family Farm
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Vicent Verdevio Escrivà
L'Hort has been in operation since the 1950s, but I only took over as manager in the 1990s. In principle, I was not directly connected with agriculture, as I have a ceramics education and am a ceramist by profession. I was dedicated creative for a whole decade and later worked in a ceramic company. However, at a very young age, I owned dry land on which I grew citrus fruits of the Navel-Lane-Late variety. Initially, I worked at L'Hort on a part-time basis, which allowed me to gain a lot of experience in other areas. In 2005 I decided to work as a professional citrus grower and since then I have been working exclusively in this field. The team of l'Hort del Zèfir consists of my family. My wife Rosa, my children Roser and Ferran, and my father-in-law Emilio, the most experienced of us all. He has been a farmer all his life and even at the age of 90 he still doesn't think of stopping to calmly supervise the development of the orange trees of l'Hort del Zèfir, his home. Vicent "Xente" has recently joined us to help us. The whole team is united by an awareness of the environment, equality, local culture, sustainability, and everything that contributes to living in a better world. The day-to-day operations vary according to the season. Every day I decide how to organize the hours according to the work to be done. We organize ourselves weekly and monthly, depending on whether there are very short term or long term goals to achieve, and most of the time I work non-stop from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with a short lunch break. If necessary, after a short break, I continue working until the sun goes down. The months of September to March, which are the harvest months, are a very intensive season, and therefore the working day can be extended quite a bit. The months from June to August are more relaxed, but no less important, as we begin to prepare the long-term goals for the next season and consider how we want to approach the care of the orange trees. During this period we optimize the irrigation as much as possible, since these are the driest months and the tree needs to be watered very precisely. Harvesting begins in winter and continues until spring. While we are still harvesting the fruit, we already have flowering and the beginning of next year's harvest. As for the other team forming the l'hort del Zèfir project, Xente has a working day from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 14:00. Every day he takes care of the trees and depending on the season he removes weeds that could damage the trees, takes care of the trees, and cleans the area around the trees. Ferran and Roser do not have a fixed schedule, but devote between 4 and 6 hours a day, depending on the free hours available to them. since they study. Usually their work consists of controlling the water regulation, cleaning the fields, helping Xente or advising me on the accounting level with invoices, receipts, buying and selling the product, managing the campaign. From June to August the working day increases as they have more time to help me with the tasks of the month. Hort del Zefir decided to join the CrowdFarming project because the natural process of harvesting the fruit - directly from the field to your home - is respected. This way, you will get fruit with the greatest freshness, which has not undergone any ripening treatment. Furthermore, CrowdFarming allows us to have direct contact with the CrowdFarmer and gives us the possibility to send our product to other places outside of Spain. Since there are no intermediaries, we are responsible for the organization and management of the activity. We pay attention to climate change, respect good agricultural practices and therefore grow our products without residues.
Vicent Verdevio Escrivà

"Los naranjos son nuestra vida, nuestra familia. Cada uno de los árboles que conforman el huerto constituye un elemento más del paisaje familiar. Siempre hemos mostrado una gran inquietud por ofrecer unas naranjas de calidad, dentro de parámetros de sostenibilidad, capaz de preservar el medio ambiente y la salud de las personas que lo consumen, por eso defendemos un mundo mejor, un mundo más habitable que contrarreste nuestros errores cometidos con el medio ambiente."

Hort del Zèfir
Hort del Zèfir
L'Hort del Zèfir is a family-run plantation of orange trees in Bétera, with an extension of 6 hectares and 2800 planted trees. L'Hort del Zèfir is the gentle wind that the sea breeze brings to this citrus area at the foot of the Sierra Calderona, the green lung of Valencia. Apart from our main farm, we have more than 20 small plots with a total of 7500 orange trees of different varieties. Each of them has a successive harvest, which allows us to maintain production from October to April. It is a plantation with family tradition, which has been used for growing orange trees since the middle of the 20th century. The members of the family who work the orchard have always shown concern and a great awareness of the consequences of climate change and have always made efforts to preserve the environment. This "own way of working" enables us to offer you residue-free and high-quality oranges. Moreover, since 2007 we have a perfectly integrated solar garden between the orange trees. There are almost 1,000 solar panels that provide photovoltaic solar energy to more than 300 families. During the blossoming period, one can breathe in the aroma of the orange blossoms, which announce a high-quality harvest in a natural, warm, healthy, and environmentally friendly environment between the sea and the mountains. The water for the irrigation of the orange trees of l' Hort del Zèfir comes from an irrigation canal that supplies the whole region with water and allows the irrigation of the orchard through a drip irrigation system that favors water saving, the whole production is watered through this drip irrigation system. 96 liters per tree are generally used, although we hope to reduce consumption to 55L/tree with the weed garden fleece that we use to prevent the grass from growing between the trees. With the drip irrigation system, we can save on water supply by using only what is necessary and useful for the orange tree to develop in optimal conditions. It is a sustainable irrigation system that allows not to waste a drop of water. L'Hort del Zéfir has the peculiarity of having an integrated photovoltaic system which allows for a power supply of more than 200 known units. This energy is fed into the network. The photovoltaic system is fully integrated into the citrus grove. Surrounded by orange trees, it has no visual impact and creates a pleasant environment. On the other hand, in L'Hort del Zéfir, the model of citrus cultivation has evolved towards increasingly sustainable models. It is in the process of transition to organic farming. This means the full use of products that respect the environment and are fully accepted by the authorities, in order to prevent the appearance of insects that can potentially damage citrus production. The construction of oleander barriers and other bushes in certain parts of the farm helps to promote the presence of beneficial fauna. The different varieties of citrus fruits contribute to the biodiversity of the orchard. Similarly, in some parts of the farm other crops native to the Mediterranean climate are cultivated, such as almond and carob trees, which live alongside citrus fruits in small numbers. Currently, the project consists of 4 people: Vicent, Xente, Roser, and Ferran. All of them are hired in accordance with the current legislation on employment contracts and their salaries comply with the relevant agreement. They work conscientiously to maintain a sustainable balance of production. They have all received specific training in organic farming, which has a positive impact on production. The pruning residues are crushed so that they serve as a substrate or organic material. The grass banks are also shredded to serve as a natural nutrient. We have made investments to improve the working infrastructure: natural fertilizer, shredders, lawnmowers, etc. Also since 2019, we have been using natural fertilizers guaranteed by organic farming. We also have a field book in which each of the products used is registered, so that it is always guaranteed that they are organic products according to good agricultural practice. The analyses of the soil, the fruits, and the products used are fully guaranteed. All this is done with the aim of preserving the natural environment, the subsoil on which we cultivate the land. It is the coloring point of the orange that lets us decide if the fruit is suitable for shipping. The fruits that cannot be shipped are sent to the local juice industry.
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Technical information
Address
Hort del Zèfir, Bétera, ES
Altitude
108m
Team
2 women and 4 men
Size
6 hectares
Cultivation technique
without residues
Irrigation
drip irrigation
Location