Oranges from Jardín del Gordo

10.00 kg/box

Oranges from Jardín del Gordo

10.00 kg/box

Buy directly from the farmer. Without intermediaries.
Limited & seasonal harvest.
The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
Specifications
Contents of the box: 1 box contains 10kg of oranges
Variety: Lane Late
They are sweet with a slight bitter taste but they get sweeter as the harvesting period advances, it is a table orange, its skin is rather thin and this usually means it has a higher juice content than other oranges, its size is medium to big
Farming without pesticides and herbicides, respecting both the fauna and flora of the farm
Harvested from the tree on request and shipped directly to your home in a cardboard box without plastics
One kilo contains between 4 and 6 fruits
If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 2-3 weeks in good condition
Farming in conversion to Organic Farming since 2022
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Conversion to organic farming
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Pesticide-free
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Plastic-free
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Young Farmer
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Family Farm
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Visitors welcome
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.“
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. Since our beginnings over 20 years ago, we opted for the most efficient irrigation system that exists as of today: micro-irrigation. Through the years, we improved this system by adding automatic filters that allow for a better pressure in order for the trees to each receive a proportional quantity of water and for this water to be as clean as possible. This has been the key of success for the trees to develop in perfect conditions. The only downside of this system is that we need to regularly check the pipes to avoid any leaks since surrounding animals sometimes chew them to drink water. We source our water by pressure, and this requires a lot of energy. The irrigation computing system is powered by batteries and solar panels. We use organic methods to control pests. For example, we control red scale by using a pheromone confusion system. These are traps that emit a high amount of pheromones which prevent the male and the female to find each other and reproduce. For other types of insects, we use Neem oil, an organic product that affects plagues such as aphids and whiteflies, but that doesn’t harm hard-bodied useful insects such as bees and ladybugs. Before joining CrowdFarming, we were a team of 4 people who had been there since the beginning of the plantation. Thanks to CrowdFarming, we added to this team 2 women in the office managing the billing and administration, 2 permanent workers in the fields, 6 to 8 temporary workers for the orange harvest and finally, one truck driver who transports the fruits from the orchard to the logistics center where the orders are prepared straight after the fruit picking. The salary of the workers is always in accordance with the corresponding agreement and contract. We only discard the fruits that are damaged, the oranges that have a very thick and coarse skin due to late flowering, or the extremely small ones. We try to sort them as thoroughly as we can but even like this it is difficult to ensure a perfect selection. 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. The fruit ripening depends on each years’ climatic conditions, so the following dates are only indicative. From the end of November until the end of December, clementines are harvested for the clementine tree adopters. For the orange tree adopters: During the month of December and part of January, the Navelina orange is harvested. During January and part of February, we pick the Navel de Foyos. We follow with the Lane Late orange, harvested until the beginning of April. We have a small production of late oranges, the Navel Powel, which is picked during the first week of April.
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
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