organic pomegranates and pomegranate juice
Le Verger Bio de Véronique
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The project

Adopt a pomegranate tree from the farm "Le Verger Bio de Véronique" in Rivesaltes (France) and receive your harvest in the form of organic pomegranates and pomegranate juice at home. Véronique 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 pomegranate tree from the farm "Le Verger Bio de Véronique" in Rivesaltes (France) and receive your harvest in the form of organic pomegranates and pomegranate juice at home. Véronique 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 pomegranate tree that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2016. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your pomegranate tree. We offer you to adopt one of our pomegranate trees of the NFG102 variety, cultivated in Organic since their plantation in 2016, using no chemical products. It’s a new variety discovered in Spain and characterized by an intense red color and sweet flavor. You will be amazed by this pomegranate thanks to the absence of horizontal inner walls and the shrunk seeds. This will make it simple for you to peel and eat it. To check the fruit’s ripeness, we regularly taste them so all the pomegranates you will receive are going to be ready to consume. Each year, our trees produce around 10 kg. We try to modernise our pomegranates orchards, cultivating them in fruit hedge, which means that trees are trained and planted in high density. We think that this type of plantation allows us to produce fruit faster because we have 5 times more trees per hectare than a traditional orchard. Also, having trained trees reduces the risk that branches scratch the pomegranates, which results in less damaged fruits. Having a fruit hedge orchard makes manual operations like pruning or harvesting easier, and also reduces the risk that workers hurt themselves with pomegranate thorns. In addition to the organic farming certification, our orchards are also certified Vergers éco-responsables (environmentally friendly orchards), Global GAP (certification for good farming practices), GRASP (social certification), and IFS (Certification on quality management). The productive life of a pomegranate tree is around 20-30 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 pomegranate 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: 1x __fresh organic pomegranates__ (4kg box) * Fleshy and fully red fruit * Arils are very juicy, sweet and aromatic * Organic farming since 2017 * Average quantity per kilo: between 3 and 4 pieces (box contains around 15 pomegranates) * We do not store the fruit in cold chambers, from the tree straight to your doorstep * Pomegranates can be stored 3 weeks at room temperature and up to 3 months in the fridge. So you can take all your time to enjoy them ! 1x __pomegranate juice__ (75cl/glass bottle) A delicious juice made with the fruits too damaged to survive the trip from our orchards to your home! Each Box contains 75cL of pomegranate juice and around 15 pomegranates. Juices are made with only one ingredient : squeezed pomegranate. Pasteurized, you can keep them for 3 years. Did you know that it is fairly easy to eat a pomegranate without dirtying your hands? Some instructions on how to peel a pomegranate will be inserted in each box. The edible part of the fruit is called an aril. Protected by a robust husk, it seems tedious to eat a pomegranate. However, a simple cut underneath the “flower” will allow you to remove the top of the fruit. You will then see the arils, separated by vertical membranes, and only have to cut the fruit following these membranes to access the delicious arils. The arils are very juicy, sweet and aromatic. You can eat each part like an orange or put all the arils in a bowl and eat them with a spoon.
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. Our fruits are harvested 2 to 3 times each season in order to only pick the ripe fruits, usually during october and november. You are, of course, free to choose how many boxes you wish to receive. The surplus will be available to other consumers, no waste!
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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Véronique Pratx
My name is Véronique Pratx and I have been a farmer for 24 years. In 1993, after the birth of my last child, I decided to quit my job as a steward for an aircraft company to work in the field with my husband who transmitted to me his passion for farming. I took a farming formation before starting my farm in Rivesaltes. I started by producing grapes (for wines) during several years before producing apricots. In the early 2000’s, we tried to reduce our use of chemical products and reduce our impact on the environment. In 2009, I decided to produce my apricot in organic to go further in our environmental project. 4 years ago, when my son started his farm, I handed over my vineyard to him and to fully work on the orchards. The same year, we decided to plant pomegranates. Even if each member of the family has his own little farm, we all work together for the good health of the orchards. We participate all year round to the daily work, the pruning, the harvest, the packing and the selling of our products, mastering every step of our production ! Thanks to CrowdFarming, we hope to be closer to you and offer you products representing the production of a pomegranate tree. This partnership allows us to share with you our philosophy of work, respect of the environment and wildlife but also our love for products of quality.
Véronique Pratx

“Nowadays, everyone wants to have more transparency in their diet. CrowdFarming is for us the opportunity to be closer to our consumers, create meaning and share with you our knowledge. “

Le Verger Bio de Véronique
Le Verger Bio de Véronique
Le Verger Bio de Véronique is a family business based in Rivesaltes, right in the middle of the Roussillon (South of France). For 9 generations, our family have been cultivating vines and apricots, two crops historically cultivated in our region. In 2009, I started to convert our orchards to organic farming giving his actual name at our company. Today, all orchards and vineyards of the family are organic. 4 years ago, we decided to diversify our production and we chose pomegranate as a new crop. In the wild, pomegranate trees are omnipresent in the region’s landscapes. This crop doesn’t require much to grow : only water and sun to flourish. This choice of crop seems obvious considering the climate change. To produce beautiful pomegranates, our orchards need to be irrigated. In order to not waste water, we use a drip irrigation system. This way, our trees can be watered for a long time using low quantities of water. This system also allows us to fertilize the soil twice a week and feed the roots directly with low input of fertilizer. Still in order to preserve natural resources, the packing station is equipped with photovoltaic panels. Those produce 5 times more energy than used by the packing station. Being organic, it’s also about ecology & preserving energies ! The region’s climate is hot, dry and windy, which reduces the emergence of disease in orchards and so is ideal for Organic Farming. Pomegranate trees are tough and have few pests. On our farm, only two pests can damage our trees : caterpillars and aphids. Natural solutions are used to protect the orchard. To detect caterpillars, we need to look very carefully at trees during pruning. For aphids, in case of invasion, we can use black soap to reduce populations. Globally, windbreak hedges with birdhouses are installed around orchards to increase wildlife on the farm. Our goal is to have lots of different species of animal or insect in the orchard so they can regulate each other, and no one damages the fruits. In the same way, grass is only cut once a year : the week before the harvest. It’s more safe and comfortable for our team. During the rest of the year, grass is flattened to stop its growth but stays green and hosts wildlife. Besides family members, 15 people work daily in the orchard, harvesting, packaging, and shipping our fruits. Some of our team members have been working with us for decades. Our team harvests the ripe fruit the day before shipping. Fruit is carefully selected to guarantee freshness and optimal quality of our products. Our pomegranates have few inner walls and shrunk seeds so they are principally sold to fresh markets. But, damaged fruits can’t be sold on the fresh market so they’re transformed into juice. It allowed us to sell pomegranate all year and avoid waste. Fruits who are too damaged to make juice go back to the field to fertilize them.
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Technical information
Address
Le Verger Bio de Véronique, Rivesaltes, FR
Altitude
20m
Team
10 women and 20 men
Size
138ha
Cultivation technique
Organic Farming
Irrigation
Drip irrigation
Location