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 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 {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 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 {publicVariety} 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. At our farm we cultivate olive trees that produce olives from the following varieties Picual, Manzanilla, Blanqueta y Alfafaranca. All these varieties are emblematic and characteristic from Montaña de Alicante. Our olive trees produce an average of 40 kg of olives per season, with which we produce approximately 8 liters of organic extra virgin olive oil. 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). We received more than 150 national and international awards, all of them recognizing the quality of our oil and always within the organic category; some of them were awarded in the frame of prestigious competitions such as ECOTRAMA, BIOL, OLIVE JAPAN, DER FEINSMEIKER, OLIVINUS, TERRAOLEUM, TERRAOLIVO, to name just a few. The productive life of {publicVariety} is around 1000 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 {variety} dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others.
What will you receive?
Each season we will send you a box with: * 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. The best way to preserve your oil is to keep it away from sunlight and heat sources. This way the oil maintains its characteristics for at least 18 months.
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. Everything started when our father, Juan Martinez, member of a cooperative, decided to start his own journey since he didn’t feel supported in his quest to elaborate high quality and organic products. From this moment, the process of transition to organic agriculture for our olive trees started, and, in 2010, we built our own mill with the objective of elaborating our products with the maximum quality. As with every new start, it has been very challenging and our lack of knowledge in many fields brought us to make mistakes, but mistakes that helped us improve and allowed us to grow as agricultural entrepreneurs. 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 during 2019, we also incorporated over 100 olive trees of Manzanilla VIllalonga variety. We initiated the process of organic agriculture certification the year 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. In order to obtain an olive juice which is as complex and intense as possible, we renounced to a good part of the fat yield of our olives, always harvesting them before they are too ripe. Our everyday life is the same as for every farmer and agro-entrepreneur. I am focused on the daily care of our olive trees, taking care of all the field work: treatments, pruning, irrigation control, nutrition, etc… And Toni, my son in law, is mainly in charge of the packaging and commercialising aspects. But we are a family business so the rest of the family is also involved in the various tasks in the groves or the warehouse: Gabi, Mari Carmen, Rafa, Gloria and Carlos. Outside of the oil production period, we are all doing a bit of everything, but when comes the moment of elaborating the oils, everything transforms: teams multiply and we work almost day and night, some of us harvesting, some milling and others bottling and packing, managing the orders, etc. Once we finished making the oil, we also offer our picking and milling services to other farmers who need it. For us, it is very important that our work is known to the end consumers and that the product of this work arrives to them directly. We want to feel that they are involved in our daily life and that they have absolute trust in our work and products. For this reason, joining our Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil production with CrowdFarming felt like the perfect model for this life project.
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 have cultivated 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. All the parcels have a low frequency irrigation system in place (drip irrigation, underground and surface). Our water comes from irrigation unions and from our own wells. On the Verdecho farm, we have our own well for which we don’t need energy to extract water as it rises alone in the form of a spring. Other olive groves are only rain-fed. On some parcels, we buried the dripping system underground, this way we avoid evaporation while maintaining the soil’s humidity during hot summer months. This also allows for a better management of the plant cover which helps the fauna, without having to worry about damaging the pipes. We make sure to irrigate at night, thus avoiding hydric deficits of olive trees, and on some parcels we have installed plaster sensors which indicate the soil’s humidity level. This way, we avoid excess watering while respecting as much as possible the natural resources that surround us. The green waste from pruning the trees is crushed on the parcels and we obtain a high quality fertilizer from it. This natural ground cover protects the soil against the erosion caused by heavy rains and has an isolating effect that also protects against excessive heat and frost. On the other hand, by using this green waste as mulch and maintaining the plant cover, we encourage the presence of microorganisms that slowly disintegrate the green waste and transform it in humus and nutrients. The bigger branches and trunks that cannot be crushed are used as firewood for the house. Since the beginning of this olive groves project, we haven’t considered any other farming method than organic. Our commitment to the environment and biodiversity has been our main objective: caring for what nature provides. We have immediately registered the land that we inherited in the Comité de Agricultura Ecológica de la Comunidad Valenciana. The whole family is involved in the project; we are 9 in total and we all contribute to the project’s economic results. We all have a salary in function of our activity and according to the agricultural convention. We also have external accountants who have been with us since our beginnings over 12 years ago.
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La Alquería, Alcocer de Planes, ES
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