organic mixed squash
La Oizéenne
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The project

Adopt a pumpkin field from "La Oizéenne" in Oizé (France) and receive your harvest in the form of organic mixed squash at home. Pierre 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 a pumpkin field from "La Oizéenne" in Oizé (France) and receive your harvest in the form of organic mixed squash at home. Pierre 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 a pumpkin field that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2019. You adopt a 6m2 plot of land that we cultivate using Organic Farming. We have several regional varieties of squash: potimarron (red kuri squash), butternut, betty blue, spaghetti squash, potiron. We grow several varieties to have a wide choice of products and to suit everyone's taste. Each squash has its own unique taste, texture and shelf life. You can enjoy the culinary pleasures! The squash is an annual plant. The plot on which it is grown today had been fallow for about ten years. The soil has completely regenerated and we certified it as organic in 2019. We sow the squash seeds on a sandy plot in April / May. Growing squash usually takes 4 months to mature. The squashes are then picked by hand, every day from Monday to Sunday. In order to guarantee the best possible quality, the products have to be harvested at the right time of maturity and must not exceed a certain size. We maintain the plot using two techniques: mechanical hoeing with a tool or by hand hoeing. You should know that a squash plant produces one squash and dies. All squashes have different characteristics in terms of taste, color, size or pulp. We harvest the squash from August until November and they have a shelf life of 3 months from the date of harvest (until January). One square meter of squash plants produces 1 kg of squash. By adopting 6 square meters of squash plants, you will receive 6 kgs of squash of different varieties.
What will you receive?
Each season we will send you a box with: __6 kg of mixed squash__ You will receive 6 kg of mixed squash (potimarron, butternut, potiron, betty blue, spaghetti squash) to help you discover the flavors of each organic variety that we grow: * __Organic Potimarron (red kuri squash):__ its sweet flavor, pronounced taste of chestnut and thick and particularly creamy flesh can be enjoyed in soup, gratin, steamed, in pie (sweet or savory) * __Organic Potiron:__ the pumpkin is distinguished by its subtle and sweet flavor with a slight taste of chestnut. In addition to being decorative in winter, it is very tasty in the kitchen! * __Organic Butternut:__ Butternut squash is sometimes called Nuts de Beurre or Sweet Squash. The French name evokes the delicious taste of this squash, especially the velvety texture obtained in cooking thanks to its fine, buttery and melting flesh like avocado. * __Organic Betty Blue:__ its atypical top shape and gray-blue color sets it apart from other squashes. Its flesh is very sweet, fleshy and orange, ideal for cooking it like all other squash in the oven, in soup or in a pan. Watch out for its skin, which is not edible. * __Organic Spaghetti Squash:__ Also called vegetable spaghetti, this is a unique squash. It takes its name from its flesh, which when cooked is cut into long filaments, and its slightly scent taste brings it even closer to the famous Italian pasta. These squashes can be stored for 3 months in a cool, dry place. To be used in cooking: soup, gratin, mash, fried... If you like apples, have a look at our [other project](https://www.crowdfarming.com/en/farmer/la-oizeenne/up/adopt-an-apple-tree-la-oizeenne).
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. All squash are sown in April and harvested from August. They are harvested when ripe until November.
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.
Organic
Fresh and in season

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

Adoptions available until the 25/10/2020
Delivery starting on the 12/11/2020

Adopt a pumpkin field

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Delivery country Spain

Final price:

30.36€ / Season

Includes adoption, preparation and shipment of the order.

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Pierre Leroy
Our farm was founded in 1824 by my great-great-great-grandfather, who grew apples and owned certain varieties. The operation has always been led by the Leroy family. From generation to generation, we have developed our crops and harvested new ones. I have always lived in the heart of orchards. I remember spending whole days on school vacation on the farm while my father and grandfather picked apples together. I always asked him when I could ride the tractor! I have always felt destined to work on our farm and on the family land. For this reason, after graduating from high school with a specialization in arboriculture, in 2009 I entered the family farm as a duo with my father Philippe, from whom I learned a lot about growing apples. Today, Leroy en Sarthe apple trees cover around 100 hectares, where different types of fruits and vegetables are grown. My father, brother and I are all responsible for the farm, but each of us has a specific role. Philippe, my father, takes care of the cultivation of orchards, he monitors the growth of apple trees throughout the year, their water supply, their state of health, the facilities in the orchards. My brother Simon is in charge of production, supervises manual sorting, controls packaging, and is responsible for the conservation of apples. I supervise all internal activities, in particular the administrative part with the management of orders, human relations, recruiting seasonal workers; and outdoor activities to monitor orchards, sow and plant vegetables according to seasonality, mowing, the size of the apple tree, etc. Joining CrowdFarming gives us the opportunity to create a close link between you and our farm. For us, it is a way to inform you about our cultivation methods and to discover our daily life while bringing you high-quality apples and pumpkins full of flavor.
Pierre Leroy

"Being a farmer means above all serving consumers by offering them quality apples and pumpkins grown with respect for the environment. Being part of the Crowdfarming adventure is for us the opportunity to be in direct contact with our consumers and to be able to share our daily life as a producer."

La Oizéenne
La Oizéenne
Our farm, « La Oizéenne », was created in 1824, at a place called le Châtaignier, Oizé en Sarthe. For 8 generations, our lands have been passed down from father to son. Apples were our first crop. Since then, we have diversified by growing fruits and vegetables of various varieties. A family operator, we are committed to promoting the economy and job creation in our city. Thus, we employ around thirty people, living in Oizé or in the neighboring municipalities, many of whom have followed us for many years. Thanks to them, we perform a manual sorting of apples in order to guarantee quality apples to the consumers. In our orchards, 5 hectares have been dedicated to apples from organic farming since 2016, the other apple trees respect an eco-responsible orchard approach. We have been cultivating our land for 200 years. We want to ensure longevity and cultivate for many more years, which is why we have chosen organic cultivation, which seems to us the method most suited to our wishes. We cultivate our land with respect for the environment. Thus, for the growth of our apple trees, we are equipped with a weather station in order to know the needs of our trees. You should know that during its growth a tree needs 800 mm of water per year and later in vegetation 600 mm of water per year. We obtain this water by drilling and reserving water, this water is then used by a sprinkler and drip irrigation system. At the same time, for our organic cultivation, we do not use any chemicals and favor mechanical weeding 2 to 3 times a year and one mowing per year. We promote biodiversity within our orchards by limiting the applications of phytosanitary products, by limiting mowing, by creating flowery fallows to attract pollinators and beneficial insects. We are part of limiting waste by making apple juice or mashed apples from our leftover harvest. In order to guarantee quality apples, the apples are sorted manually by our local employees. When we prune our trees, the pruned wood is crushed and left directly between the trees to limit the spread of pathogens.
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Technical information
Address
La Oizéenne, Oizé, FR
Altitude
85m
Team
19 women and 5 men
Cultivation technique
Organic agriculture
Irrigation
Drip irrigation
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