Orogrande (November and December): Sweet taste with a hint of sourness, at the beginning of the campaign, the skin may show some green tones but inside they are ripe
Organic farming since 2017, Bio Suisse certificate and transition to Demeter
Harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics
One kilo contains between 6 and 8 fruits (the box contains 35 fruits approximately, depending on the size)
If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 15 days in good condition
Limited harvest. Home delivery included.
Delivery country United Kingdom
Final price: 17.86€
Final price: 17.86€
Fresh and in season
With more than 80 years of experience, I can say that my relationship with agriculture is pure passion. When I was 14 years old I went to France to work in the grape harvest. I repeated several years and managed to extend my stay beyond the harvest period by working in construction. My younger brothers were harvesting with me and when they returned to Spain I sewed the money they had earned into their underwear so they wouldn't lose it. From France, I went to Germany in 1954 to work on the rebuilding of post-war Germany. I worked on the construction of highways between Hanover and Switzerland. I returned to Spain to do my military service and at the age of 20, I started working as a truck driver. First with my brother and then on my own. I transported a lot of mining equipment and learned how to work in this sector until I was able to buy land for mining operations myself. As soon as I could, I bought my first piece of land, but this time not for mining but for farming. I have always liked agriculture and little by little I have been fulfilling my dream of having my own farm. At this point in my life, I love to be able to say that I am a farmer.
From my years in Germany I brought many things with me but above all, I learned that we had to respect nature so that it would respect us. I have tried to transfer my agricultural and environmental passion for my mining activity. Whenever we recover a mining area we try to leave it not only the same but better if possible to how we found it. To do this we make seedlings and multiplication of the important species and then we use them to restore the area.
Within my team, I have Carlos who is the person in charge of managing the day-to-day running of La Cueva and other properties we have in the area. He knows the plots inside out and knows how to quickly identify what is happening in the field in order to act as soon as possible. He is so passionate about organic farming that he is now in charge of convincing other farmers when they ask him if it is worthwhile. I also count on José María, who is in charge of the technical part of all the farms, and Jacinto who is in charge of La Cueva along with three other people to do the agricultural work.
In order to defend the fruit of my own work, I partnered up with Maria Luisa (who appears with me in the photos). Maria Luisa is pure vitality, in the fields as with the office tasks. She is part of a new generation of farmers who complemented their agricultural experience with university studies. They keep an open mind and understand how we can sell our fruit directly to the end consumer through the internet. This would have been unthinkable for me. At over 80 years old, life keeps surprising me.
Our property La Cueva is located in Fortuna, very close to Murcia. It has a cultivation area of 55 hectares. This area has a great tradition in the cultivation of citrus fruits, mainly lemons. We have always liked to do things a little differently and that's why we bet on clementines and oranges.
La Cueva is named after a very typical construction of this Mediterranean region: a cave-house. In the past, it was common for some houses to have part of their structure carved into the rock. In this way, they managed to maintain a very pleasant temperature throughout the year.
We have been cultivating the farm since 2000. Previously there were almond and olive trees in dry land and it was used for the mining of gravel and zahorras. We have always used organic fertilizers and biological control on our farms. Since 2010 we decided to learn to work with herbs to enhance the presence of beneficial animals and therefore in 2013 we decided to be certified organic. We have gone one step further and are certified with Bio Suisse which requires us to have specific conservation areas and maintain forest areas within the farm. Finally, we are trying to learn how to work with biodynamic agriculture. Since we cultivate in harmony with the environment, life has exploded on the farm and it is very easy to observe all kinds of insects, as well as birds and rabbits living at La Cueva.
We grow Orogrande clementines and oranges of the Navel and Lane variety. The clementines are grafted on macrophylla rootstock as it is the one that best adapts to the high levels of active limestone that are generally found in these soils.
The water is obtained from an irrigation community in the nearby town of Jumilla, where they have wells that supply several farmers in this region. To optimize the use of the water we use drip irrigation and moisture sensors that tell us when it is necessary to irrigate.
The remains of pruning are shredded between the rows of trees so that they remain as organic cover and improve the structure of the soil. We also use manure from nearby goat farms which we mix with gypsum from our industry to provide ecological calcium.