Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
La Alquería
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The project

Adopt {publicVariety} from the farm "{farmName}" in {cityfarm} ({countryFarm}) and receive your harvest in the form of {production} at home. The Farmer {farmerName} will take care for 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 {publicVariety} from the farm "{farmName}" in {cityfarm} ({countryFarm}) and receive your harvest in the form of {production} at home. The Farmer {farmerName} will take care for 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 __{publicVariety}__ that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union. During the process of adoption you will be able to choose a name that we will engrave on a plaque and hang on your olive tree. Olives trees produce olives which we cultivate once a year during autumn. We collect the olives respecting and protecting the fauna that lives in our olive grove, especially the birds. This is why we have signed [the manifesto for the protection of migratory birds in olive groves](http://bit.ly/2MML0Eg). At our farm we cultivate olive trees that produce olives from the following varieties __Picual, Manzanilla, Blanqueta y Alfafaranca__. Our olive trees produce an average of 40 kg of olives per season, with which we produce approximately __{masterUnitsMax} liters of {production}.__ An olive tree is for life, for as long as you want to keep it and we can continue taking care of it.
What will you receive?
Each season, when have harvested the olives and have produced the oil, we will send you a box with 4 tins of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil to the address you provide. Content of the box: * 1 x Extra Virgin Olive Oil of the "Picual" variety (2l tin) * 1 x Extra Virgin Olive Oil of the "Alfafarenca" variety (2l tin) * 2 x Extra Virgin Olive Oil of the "Coupage" (combining the Blanqueta, Manzanilla and the Alfafarenca varieties) (2l tin) Extra Virgin Olive Oil is of superior category, directly obtained from the varieties of Picual, Manzanilla, Alfafarenca and Blanqueta and cold pressed.
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date the Farmer will start preparing the orders that are to be shipped. You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out.
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.
How does it work?
Meet the Farmers
Adopt and plan your harvest
Let the Farmer and nature work
Receive your harvest at home
Juan Martínez Alfaro
I came to Muro de Alcoy, Alicante with my family at the end of the 60s and since then we have been linked to agriculture and olive oil. In 2010 we decided to build the oil mill La Alquería to close the cultivation cycle and be able to produce our own oils and controlling every step of the process. In order to obtain an olive juice as complex and intense as possible we had to forego a big part of the yield of our olives, always harvesting prior to the moment when the olives change their colour in the ripening process. But not only this: our parents have instilled in us the love for nature and the respect for the environment that surrounds us and there was no doubt that at any moment any agricultural practice we develop will have to respect the environment. This is when we decided after already having cultivated our olives using environmentally-friendly practices, to obtain a certificate for these practices. The Verdecho farm was abandoned for 15 years when we reclaimed it in 2014. The olive trees planted between 1950 and 1987 needed a lot of work and love to return to their original state. We had to re-plant more than 1,000 olive trees and chose the Alfafarenca variety to be together with the Blanqueta varieties that traditionally grow in the mountains of Alicante, even though last year we also added more than a hundred olive trees of the Manzanilla Villalonga variety. We initiated the process of organic agriculture certification the same year when we acquired the farm, when we from 2009 on had already started to certify other plots and were sure that this was the path we wanted to follow.
Juan Martínez Alfaro

“Our parents have instilled the love for nature in us and taught us to act consequently. It is unfathomable to pretend living off agriculture without respecting the environment. In Spain there is a saying “no muerdas la mano de quien te da de comer” - don’t bite the hand that feeds you. For this reasons we have held the organic certification seal of the European Union since 2009.”

La Alquería
La Alquería
The farm Verdecho is situated on the right border of the tail of the reservoir of Beniarrés, around 350 meters above sea level. With a surface covering 13 hectares the farm is interlocked with the foothills of the Natural Parque of the Sierra Mariola and is protected in the North by the “Solana de Benicadell”. To save this complex terrain the olive trees grow on terraces that descend down to the reservoir. We cultivate our olive trees organically since we bought the farm in 2014. Apart from the Picual variety, we cultivate Blanqueta, Alfafarenca and Manzanilla Villalonga as well, all of them being flagship varieties and very typical for this region in the mountains of Alicante. In the surrounding plots our neighbours cultivate almond, cherry and more olive trees and where there is no cultivation large masses of Mediterranean vegetation (pine trees, rosemary, thyme, mastic…) spread. Given its proximity to the reservoir it is possible to observe ducks, Eurasian Coot and other aquatic birds. Granivorous birds like patridges, serins or finches; insectivores such as the robin, the great tit or the woodpecker or raptors like the golden eagle, the goshawk, the sparrowhawk, the common kestrel, the eagle owl, the long-eared owl, the little owl, the tawny owl, the barn owl, the scops owl, the griffon vulture and the red kite as well as rabbits, foxes, badgers and wild boars.
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La Alquería, Alcocer de Planes, Alicante, ES
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