grapefruits
Jardín del Gordo
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The project

Adopt a grapefruit tree from the farm "Jardín del Gordo" in Villar del Arzobispo (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of grapefruits at home. The Farmer Sergio 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 grapefruit tree from the farm "Jardín del Gordo" in Villar del Arzobispo (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of grapefruits at home. The Farmer Sergio 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 a grapefruit tree from our farm in Villar del Arzobispo (Spain). During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your grapefruit tree. The grapefruit is a very leafy tree that develops large fruits in clusters of 3 or 4 pieces. Our grapefruits are grafted onto 20-year-old mandarins. We did the grafting in 2018 and they already have a stable production. At the beginning you have grapefruit branches and mandarin branches that you eliminate until you only leave the grapefruit. Grafting varieties is an art and we are fortunate to have found an artist for our grapefruits. We chose the star ruby ​​variety because it is one of the best known and best suited to our area. We decided to start with grapefruit out of curiosity since a neighbor has planted them on his field and they work well for him. Like all citrus fruits, grapefruits are sensitive to cold but at the same time they need it to create high quality fruits. The differences between the cold of the night and the heat of the day are what cause the color changes in the skin to occur and the flavors to concentrate. Grapefruit is a very interesting citrus fruit since it provides you with vitamin C but with less sugar. The productive life of a grapefruit 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 grapefruit tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. A grapefruit 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 harvest that you reserve on the moment of adoption. Shipping format: __10 kg box of grapefruit__ * Star Ruby grapefruit (from January to mid-April): it has a slightly flattened globe shape, the rind is slightly rough and the pulp is reddish-pink, it has a characteristic bitter taste due to naringenin but it has slightly sweeter flavors and usually doesn't have seeds, you can consume them fresh or in juice due to their high juice content * Farming without pesticides and herbicides, respecting both the fauna and flora of the farm * They are not treated with wax or preservatives (you can use the peel) * Harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics * The box includes some extra fruits, in case some of them arrive damaged * One kilo contains between 3 and 6 fruits (the box contains 40 fruits approximately, depending on the size) * In one tree you have everything from small to large fruits, so your grapefruits will be heterogeneous * If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 10 days in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge)
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, not treated with wax or other preservatives. Grapefruits begin to ripen from mid to late December in our area. We will harvest the grapefruits from the beginning of January to mid-April. This is the perfect time because as the heat begins, they do not hold the same way in the tree and we could not send them as we would like.
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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Pesticide-free
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Plastic-free
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Family Farm
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Sergio Muñoz
From early on, Sergio helped his father cultivate oranges. His romance with agriculture and especially with the cultivation of oranges has ever since outlasted a couple of ups and downs. When he was still a boy, he loved to join his father in checking the irrigation hoses and climbing the tractor. Later came a time when he preferred to go out with his friends and escaped working the fields as often as he could. His father didn’t pressure him, but always liked to point out that without work and effort there is no reward, no fruit. Slowly but surely Sergio started to enjoy what he was doing and it was him that offered his father to dedicate himself to the fields and earn a living with it. Today, Sergio has become an „alma mater“ of the orange trees planted in Jardín del Gordo. After some time it became clear to Sergio that if he wanted to make a living off the fields, he would have to not only care about the cultivation but also about finding ways that allow a direct sale of the fruits to the final consumer. For many years his father had to sell his oranges in the traditional market for a price below his expenses for production. In 2017 Sergio decided to unite with CrowdFarming and began to prepare his finca of orange trees to put them up for adoption. „Entering CrowdFarming has not only changed our way to cultivate but also our motivation to do our daily work, caring for the oranges trees of „Jardín del Gordo“. Knowing for whom you cultivate and being able to send the oranges when they have reached their best stage is very rewarding.“
Sergio Muñoz

“The orange fields have always been a part of my life. I have seen the oranges grow just like myself. It inspires me day after day to be able to dedicate myself to something I like. For me, CrowdFarming is a new agriculture. It’s something that creates a link between us and the consumer, bringing us closer to one another. That’s how I knew that I wanted to be part of it.“

Jardín del Gordo
Jardín del Gordo
Jardín del Gordo is an orange and clementine plantation situated at the foot of the mountain known as “El Cerro Gordo”, in Valencia. It is located remotely from urban centers, the closest village being Villar del Arzobispo at a distance of around 10 km. The mountain is a centerpiece of this finca and explains partly the taste of its oranges and clementines. Its Mediterranean vegetation is a source of insects that help to keep harmful pests at bay. On the other hand the mountain helps redirect icy winds in winter nights away to prevent the oranges from freezing, while allowing a good balance between day- and night time temperatures. The difference in temperatures helps the fruit to develop a rich flavour. Depending on the season, different varieties of citrus fruits are harvested on the plantation of Jardín del Gordo, according to their optimal level of ripeness. * Between the end of November and beginning of January clementines are harvested for the clementine tree adopters. For the orange tree adopters: * During January and parts of February oranges of the variety „Navelina“ are collected. * From February until the beginning of April the harvest of oranges of the variety „Lane Late“ is planned. * In April the late orange variety „Navel Powel“ is the last to be collected on the finca.
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Technical information
Address
Jardín del Gordo, Villar del Arzobispo, ES
Altitude
between 400m and 520m
Team
4 [3 men, 1 women]
Size
60 hectares
Cultivation technique
integrated production (no residues)
Irrigation
drip irrigation
Cultivation type
irrigated land
Location