Demeter chestnut specialities
Le Verger Bio de Quinsac
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The project

Adopt a chestnut tree from the farm "Le Verger Bio de Quinsac" in Saint Yrieix la Perche (France) and receive your harvest in the form of Demeter chestnut specialities at home. Murielle 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 chestnut tree from the farm "Le Verger Bio de Quinsac" in Saint Yrieix la Perche (France) and receive your harvest in the form of Demeter chestnut specialities at home. Murielle 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 chestnut tree that we cultivate under the Organic Farming and Demter regulations of the European Union since 2012. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your chestnut tree. You will adopt a chestnut tree of the Bouche de bétizac variety, cultivated under the organic and biodynamic label. This variety is exclusively from Limousine (our region in France). We chose it because it is very well adapted to our land and because it produces a big fruit that isn’t split, which means that inside one shell there is only one nut. This tree only produces female flowers, hence we also planted pollinator chestnut trees on our farm plots. The harvest starts towards the end of September, when the fruit falls from the trees and releases the precious chestnuts. It is essential to harvest as quickly as possible in order to obtain healthy fruits that haven’t spent a long time on the ground. One tree produces an average of 500 fruits which fall throughout autumn and which yield about 7 kilos of chestnuts. The chestnut is a fruit that dries out very fast and doesn’t have a long shelf life, this is the reason why we transform it. To protect themselves, chestnuts grow in a spiky shell and have two skins: a brown one that protects it from external elements and a thin bitter skin that repels predators. Before transforming it, we first need to remove these two skins. We have a small transformation plant, but a big part of the process is done manually. We burn the first skin but have to patiently remove the second one with a small knife. The production of a chestnut tree generally starts when it’s fifteen years old and lasts until over 200 years old although it decreases when the tree reaches around 100 years old. 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 chestnut tree 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 __cooked chestnuts__ (500g glass jar) Cooked chestnuts may be enjoyed warm as a side with meat, mixed with other vegetables or cold in a salad. The jar has a shelf life of at least 2 years and you may preserve it in a dry cupboard. Raw chestnuts are tart but once cooked they take a sweet flavour that makes them pair very well with savoury and sweet dishes. The texture is powdery. 1 x __chestnut flour__ (500g 100% biodegradable paper bag) Ideal to make gluten-free desserts. It can be preserved for up to two years. Be careful as pantry moths love it, therefore it is recommended to keep it in the fridge or in a tightly closed container. 3 x __chestnut cream__ (200g glass jar) Chestnut cream, “crème de marron” in our regional language, pairs perfectly with dairy or can simply be enjoyed as a spread. Its shelf life is about 3 years if kept in a dry place without opening.
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. We collect the chestnuts when they are ripe and at the same pace as they fall, from September 20th till November 15th and ship them to you in 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.
Organic
Biodynamics

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 15/11/2020
Delivery starting on the 30/11/2020

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Delivery country Spain

Final price:

51.01€ / Season

Includes adoption, preparation and shipment of the order.

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Murielle Ferand
My husband Hervé and I take care of the trees so that they produce the best fruit. I wasn’t brought up on a farm, but I knew from a very young age that I wanted to work with nature. It is thanks to my marriage that I could make this wish a reality. We converted to organic agriculture when I joined the family farm and, after the massive frost of 2012, we trained ourselves to the biodynamic farming methods. We tried to help our trees to defend themselves independently. It is by developing a healthy soil that is rich in micro-elements that they can succeed in fighting against external aggressions. Today, our role is to return vitality to the land so that we may offer you quality fruits, and to work as much as possible respecting the natural rhythm of the seasons while observing the life cycle as a whole. Hervé takes care of the production: during the fruit-forming period, he produces a weekly report of the pests that he may encounter and decides if treatment is needed or if to leave the work to the beneficial species. He also takes care of grafting and pruning the fruit trees as well as mowing. He is also a fine handyman who always has a new idea to try and save us time. As for myself, I take care of the transformation and of the shipping. I started my career as an employee at a cereal grocer where I stayed 10 years inside an office. I loved my job but I missed nature, this is why I joined my husband. I didn’t know a thing about arboriculture but being surrounded by passionate people allows you to learn fast. At the beginning, I developed direct sales at the farm. On holidays, I was giving fruit jams to our customers to make them happy. Some of them soon wanted to buy jam, hence I started commercialising it and this is how the adventure began! I still cook my recipes in my copper cauldron because I believe it gives them a unique taste. I patiently stir the whole morning to thoroughly cook my chestnut cream. Slow and long cooking is the secret for a perfect recipe. Taking the time needed is important. I love this job because it is alive and changing, and because I could develop a close relationship with my trees. We decided to join CrowdFarming to make people discover chestnuts which are an ancient fruit but consumed by few despite being rich in energy and gluten-free.
Murielle Ferand

"Strength, patience and generosity are values transmitted by our trees. I would be happy to make you discover this fruit if you adopt one of my chestnut trees."

Le Verger Bio de Quinsac
Le Verger Bio de Quinsac
Our farm is located in Limousin, between Brive and Limoges, among livestock farming lands. We are surrounded by meadows and woods. We live in one of the least inhabited regions of France, which is mainly rural. Our farm isn’t very industrial; we hire 12 seasonal workers for the harvest season, and 4 for the pruning. Our climate is ideal for fruit growing with warm days and fresh nights in the summer. Our orchard is named after the place where we live: “Quinsac”. It may not be very original, but at least we can be found easily! The property belonged to my husband’s family for a very long time (our house was built in 1766) and used to be a traditional polyculture livestock farm. Hervé’s great-grandparents used to breed sheep and cultivated cereals to feed them. It is my father in law, Bruno who decided to grow fruits and planted the first trees in 1979. He eventually planted an orchard of pear, apple and chestnut trees. Most of these trees are still there today. Our orchards thrive on the acidic soil and low altitude that make the trees vigorous and give the fruit the flavour of our land. Our plots of land are all around the farm, less than 2 kilometres away. We have a pond to collect rainwater which allows us to irrigate our trees using a micro-irrigation system in case of drought. We practice traditional arboriculture. We do not weed our orchards in order to encourage the development of beneficial species. We install nests to attract chickadees and bats. The chickadee is a formidable insect predator (caterpillars, aphids, spiders, codling moths…). During the brooding season, it eats up to 500 insects per day! We own a software that allows us to reproduce the flight of the codling moth (main pest of the chestnut) which lays eggs inside the chestnuts, considerably decreasing the quality of the fruit if no natural treatment is applied. This tool is connected to a forecast station that measures the hygrometry and the temperature. Thanks to the statistics it provides, we know in which weather conditions the moth will develop, hence we know when it will be around. We use essential oil based repellents to treat the trees against pests, and we introduce natural predators. Our whole orchard is certified DEMETER. In biodynamic agriculture, we also rely on formulas that are made of plants (thistle, dandelion, horsetail…) and we follow the biodynamic calendar with the application of horn manure in spring and of silica just after the flowering. We do not produce renewable energy but we do have the highest compost heap of the whole commune. In fact, we gather the chestnuts when they fall to the ground but they are still inside their shell. We have a machine that shakes them to allow the fruit to separate from it. All the waste is accumulated in a big heap. We add to it all the waste from processing other fruits too. After two years and adding to it a few biodynamic preparations, we spread the compost on our plots to feed our trees. Nothing is wasted! Antonio, our employee, accompanies us in this adventure. As our farm is small, we are able to sell all our production. The apples and pears are sold directly or transformed into juice. The fresh chestnuts are sold to intermediaries everyday during the harvest season and we transform what we can in order to sell it ourselves.
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Technical information
Address
Le Verger Bio de Quinsac, Saint Yrieix la Perche, FR
Altitude
380m
Team
2 men and 1 woman
Size
33 ha
Cultivation technique
Organic and biodynamic farming
Irrigation
Microsprinkler
Location