organic avocados
La Atalaya
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The project

Adopt an avocado tree from the apiary "La Atalaya" in Triana (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of organic avocados at home. The Farmer Gloria Isabel 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 an avocado tree from the apiary "La Atalaya" in Triana (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of organic avocados at home. The Farmer Gloria Isabel 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 an avocado tree that we cultivate based on the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 1977. During the process of adoption you can choose a name that we will engrave on a plaque and hang on your tree. The avocado is a plant native to Central America, which has spread to areas with a tropical and subtropical climate. It is a fast growing tree which must be controlled by pruning. The best known variety worldwide is the Hass and in our farm it is grafted on Mexican feet, which are the ones that best adapt to our land and climate conditions. It is a tree with a great tendency to vegetate, which means that one year it produces a lot and the next year very little. Fortunately each tree has its own rhythm and we can have production to offer you every year. A tree needs about 10m3 of irrigation water per year that we provide with drippers since it is the most efficient way to do it. Our avocados have been grown organically all their lives. At the ends of the 70’s we became one of the first tropical farms in Malaga. The productive life of an avocado 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 avocado tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from other trees. An avocado 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 from you tree 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: __4 kg of organic Hass avocado (cardboard box)__ * One kilo of avocado contains between 4-7 pieces (16-24 per box) * Rough skin and green color at the beginning * Ripe hass avocado has a creamy texture and a hazelnut flavor * If you keep it cold, it can last about 30 days without spoiling * The fruits are 20% smaller because organic avocados do not "fatten" so much * Climatic fruit: avocados continue to ripen after harvesting. When you receive your order, wait a few days for them to soften. The Avocados can present some external damage caused by rubbing of branches or some fungi, which do NOT penetrate inside the fruit because the skin is very strong. The speed of ripening will depend on the humidity and temperature conditions where you store them as well as the season. In January avocados will ripen slower than in April. If you refrigerate them, they can last about 30 days without spoiling. Once they turn black, you can cut it in half up to the pit and separate it into two parts. Keep the pit, if you want, and use it for the fireplace, it is a great fuel. If it's just right, with a spoon you can easily remove the flesh from the skin and enjoy it.
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 season starts in January and lasts till the end of April, beginning of May, depending on the weather. Sometimes we can start picking them as early as December.
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.
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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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Gloria Isabel Díaz
My name is Gloria Díaz and I am responsible for production at the La Atalaya farm. I come from a family of farmers of four brothers, but I was the only one who fell in love with the field thanks to my father, a man of few words but who treated each plant with affection and as a living organisms, "older than humans" he used to say. I was born in an agricultural setting where my family worked for long summer hours. During my adolescence I sweated and worked hard the land with my father, while my love and respect for it grew. The area where the farm is located is an area with a subtropical climate, a small oasis in Europe. I love working on a farm that has been organic since its origins, where mangoes and avocados have been cultivated since the 70s, being one of the first farms to grow this type of fruit in the region. Due to the environmentally friendly vision of the first owners, they decided to start organic farming from the beginning, even when there were no certificates. I personally believe that each fruit is a small miracle, every year the flowers that are pollinated by insects work, and I would like to share this miracle with the world. CrowdFarming gives me the opportunity to do it and earn a living, doing what I love to do which is growing and caring for trees. Currently I am responsible for production on the farm, we schedule tasks weekly. Every Monday the farm is reviewed to organize the tasks that will be done during the week: pruning, grafting, clearing, treatments, irrigation or collection. The fertilization is decided based on the time of year and the needs of the plant that are verified by quarterly analysis. Each fruit that reaches a CrowdFarmer will have been harvested at its perfect ripening point, being carefully packaged so that it arrives with all the love that we put at your table. With the advantage of avoiding extra costs that the fruit usually has until it reaches the end customer.
Gloria Isabel Díaz

"I live in love with the countryside and nature, it is my way of life to produce fruit without damaging the environment, balance in life and nature is my leitmotiv.”

La Atalaya
La Atalaya
La Atalaya farm is a lovingly cared family farm whose name comes from being located near a watchtower, which is a tower from the Arab era with a military character. We are close to the largest Buddhist center in southern Europe (Karma Guen). Located in an area of agricultural tradition and economy related to the sector. Avocado and mango cultivation is the largest generator of employment in the area, even above tourism. Our family of humble origin has been able to keep a job thanks to the cultivation of these delicious fruits. On average, each tree on our farm, whether mango or avocado, needs about 7m3 of irrigation water per year, in addition to that provided by the rain. The entire farm has high-performance drippers installed and we have a pond to collect water. The water on our farm comes from wells that are analyzed quarterly as quality control to ensure that they are not salinized. For the fertilization of the fruit, only validated natural products are used for use in organic farming, so that not only do we improve the quality of the fruit, but we do not harm the environment. The grass is controlled by cutting it with pruners and it is kept on the ground to improve the amount of organic matter and fertility. Within the farm we have approximately 15% of the area planted with other crops to generate a diverse and sustainable ecosystem that encourages the proliferation of predators, thus improving the biodiversity of our farm. On the farm no waste is generated since the pruning remains are ground to improve the topsoil and the firewood is chopped. On the farm we are three workers who make it possible for the avocado and mango to reach the house from the tree. The oldest of us has been on the farm for 35 years and is responsible for keeping the plant healthy, fertilizing and watering, the two most important cultural tasks in the case of avocado. The other two prune and pick the fruit when the time comes. Avocado and mango are harvested manually, so those heavily damaged by twigs are sold to the industry to make guacamole, creams, juices, or jams.
Technical information
Address
La Atalaya, Triana, ES
Altitude
135m
Team
1 woman and 3 men
Size
2 hectares
Cultivation technique
Organic farming
Irrigation
Drip irrigation
Location