Contents of the box: 1 box contains 10kg of late oranges
Variety: Valencia Late
Late oranges of medium size, intense orange color which in case of a late harvest can turn more light, retains a certain level of acidity until the end of its ripening process, perfect for juices
Farming without pesticides and herbicides, respecting both the fauna and flora of the farm
Harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics
Our trees are not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size
One kilo contains between 5 and 7 fruits (the box contains 55 fruits approximately, depending on the size)
If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 2 weeks in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge)
I spent all my childhood in Les Lloses, I always enjoyed the contact with nature. When I had to decide what to study, I opted for economics, but when I started working I immediately realised that it wasn't what I wanted to do in life. I took various agricultural trainings and I began to collaborate with my father in the cultivation of the land on the farm. Little by little, I have changed the way I cultivate, leaving behind the intensive systems based on synthetic products and betting on processes that adapt to my objective of obtaining healthy fruit and improving the environment. This is something that, apart from motivating me enormously, inspires me because it reminds me of the way of farming that I knew as a child.
In the day-to-day running of the farm, I am the person responsible for the management and for making the technical decisions about the cultivation, as well as for hiring the staff and the administrative side. Octavio is the longest-serving operator on the farm, about 30 years, and he is mainly in charge of the work that requires the use of the tractor, and the irrigation installations, as well as their programming. Emilio joined us in 2016 and mainly does the work related to the maintenance of the plantation, such as repairing irrigation hoses or weeding with the manual brush cutter.
Then there are the temporary workers such as the pruners. Almost every year the same people come, and they come both for pruning and to help out occasionally when there is too much work or to harvest the pomegranates.
For the other jobs that require a specific type of machinery, for example shredding the wood from pruning, the services of an external company are contracted.
Les Lloses is a family farm where citrus fruits have been growing for more than 50 years. At the moment, I am the only member of the family who continues to cultivate the farm, together with two permanent workers and several temporary workers.
Les Lloses is located in the municipality of Sagunto, in the district of Gausa, which lies at the foot of the eastern end of the Sierra Calderona, when it reaches the Mediterranean Sea. To the west, it borders a small mountain known as the Muntanyeta de les Lloses. To the north, five kilometres away, the mountain of Sagunto, enclosed by the walls of its Roman castle. To the east, 6 km away, is the Marjal del Moro wetland, an ornithological reserve on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. This special enclave is not only a unique environment, but also provides a particularly favourable climate for the cultivation of citrus fruits and pomegranates.
The agricultural estate covers 31 hectares and is concentrated around its Masía (Mas les Lloses), a building more than 100 years old with a modernist touch. In les Lloses different varieties of oranges, clementines and pomegranates are cultivated, in a completely respectful manner with the environment, thanks to the use of organic fertilizers and the maximum use of useful fauna.
My job is to manage the farm and make the technical decisions so that Octavio and Emilio can carry them out. Octavio has been working on the farm for more than 30 years and Emilio joined us about 4 years ago. Both receive a higher salary than the one established in the agricultural collective agreement.
The farm’s irrigation system is localised drip irrigation, and over the past two years most of the old water emitters have been replaced in order to achieve a more efficient water distribution. An adult orange tree needs about 12,000 litres of water per year to ensure the harvest and for its maintenance. We obtain this water from our own well located on the farm, which is about 30 metres deep.
We utilize sustainable agriculture methods in which neither pesticides nor herbicides are used. We keep the weeds at bay with brush cutters, and as far as pests are concerned, we only intervene when strictly necessary, giving absolute priority to biological control, and if this is not possible, we use means permitted in organic farming. I am fully convinced that the lasting solution lies in the use of useful insects, so much so that during 2020 we have set up an insectarium.
We also try to encourage the survival of useful insects that are present in nature, by preserving spontaneous vegetation cover, and planting hedges that provide shelter and food throughout the year.
One way of improving the soil structure is by shredding the pruning waste, which is not an immediate improvement but over the years creates a very beneficial natural cover.
Citrus fruit cultivation is affected by many pests that only modify the external appearance of the fruit. In my opinion, this fruit is perfectly suitable for consumption and should not be rejected unless it is also affected on the inside, or unless it has not grown sufficiently, in which case, it is used for industry and is always picked by the same person, Manuel.