Grenoble walnut oil
Merveilleuses Noix
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The project

Adopt {publicVariety} from the farm "{farmName}" in {cityfarm} ({countryFarm}) and receive your harvest in the form of {production} at home. The Farmer {farmerName} 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 {publicVariety} from the farm "{farmName}" in {cityfarm} ({countryFarm}) and receive your harvest in the form of {production} at home. The Farmer {farmerName} 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 {publicVariety} from our farm in {cityfarm} ({countryFarm}). Some of the Franquette walnut trees we are proposing for adoption were planted in 1989 and the youngest in 2001. During the process of adoption you can choose a name that we will engrave on a plaque and hang on your tree. The Franquette walnut tree is a very productive variety that produces elongated nuts of good size and very good taste: mild, delicately sweet, with a pronounced "hazelnut-like" aroma. Unlike other fruit trees, walnut has a relatively slow fruiting process. However, for a walnut tree, Franquette is considered a variety with relatively fast fruiting. This old variety originates from the right bank of the lower Isère valley, in the Vinay region, exactly where our farm is located. We are therefore proud representatives of this variety. La Noix de Grenoble has been recognized for over a century for its exceptional quality and incomparable flavor, which has made it internationally renowned. Due to the high investment price for our farm, we do not own a mill, our oil is pressed in a new mill in Saint-Hilaire-du-Rosier (15 minutes from our farm) that opened in 2018 and is approved for organic production. The nuts with a flaw in appearance or color are discarded during sorting and then broken by us and the kernels used to make pure walnut oil that we offer. On average, 2 kg of walnut kernels have to be extracted and cleaned to make 1 liter of oil. We bring our pre-sorted walnut kernels to the mill. Our nuts are crushed by a large stainless steel wheel and then heated (cold pressing is impossible for walnut oil because it leaves no taste). The resulting paste is pressed several times for about an hour. It takes half a day to make 50 liters of walnut oil. Generally, we stay at the mill during this operation. This oil is then put into large containers and brought back to our farm where it will be filtered and bottled by us. We started our conversion to Organic Farming at the end of 2018 to respect the surrounding nature as much as possible and to offer an authentic quality Grenoble walnut oil. We will, therefore, be certified in Organic Farming at the beginning of 2022. The productive life of {publicVariety} is around 150 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 {variety} dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from other trees.
What will you receive?
Each season, after having harvested the nuts and produced the {production}, we will send you a box with: 2 x __Grenoble walnut oil in organic conversion__ (0.75-liter aluminum tins) Given the rather thick texture, the oil has a toasted and fruity nutty smell and a strong, aromatic taste. The walnut oil will be packaged in two 0.75 liter aluminum tins, which you will receive directly at home. Our oil can be consumed cold or hot, in salads, to be used with pasta, rice, quinoa or vegetables, in ratatouille or as a complement to butter in certain cakes such as a walnut brownie for example. Our oil can be stored for up to a year in a not too warm place in the house and away from light. Light exposure can accelerate its degradation.
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.
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.
How does it work?
Meet the Farmers
Adopt and plan your harvest
Let the Farmer and nature work
Receive your harvest at home
Sylvain Bergerand
Taking care of the walnut trees and making sure that they have everything they need so that they can develop perfectly, that's something I've had inside me since I was a child. I grew up with the walnut trees that my father and grandfather had planted and I have planted many others myself since then! I am the fifth generation of farmers in our family in Isère. Since 2015, I have chosen to stop breeding dairy cows that I had also taken over from my father, to devote myself exclusively to walnut trees and to be able to plant new orchards. I want to get involved with consumers and get closer to them. I believe in and adhere to CrowdFarming's values and that's why I chose to be part of it!
Sylvain Bergerand

"Passionate about my job, I am happy that the production of quality nuts in which I put all my energy can benefit eco-responsible consumers. By choosing to adopt one of my walnut trees, you are promoting an environmentally friendly culture and have the guarantee that I will have put my heart into the work to offer you the best product.”

Merveilleuses Noix
Merveilleuses Noix
Our farm is located in the countryside, between Valence and Grenoble, in the hills of South Grésivaudan, facing Vercors, in Notre-Dame de l'Osier. Our orchards are spread all around and less than five kilometres away. Walnut trees are particularly popular here in Isère because the soil in which they grow is special. It contains glacial river alluvium deposited in the region several millennia ago, mainly by the melting of glaciers. Our fields are located in the countryside, close to small forests, meadows for hay and a few pastures for our two horses to enjoy. Some of our fields are near the small river Tréry from which we draw water to irrigate our walnut fields. Others are more difficult to access because there are forests all around and the vegetation is more dense and varied. Each field is composed of about 400 walnut trees of the Franquette variety. We have chosen to use Franc or Juglans regia variety rootstocks for their sturdiness and longevity. We have added a variety of Franquette walnut trees known for their disease resistance, good productivity and incomparable hazelnut flavours. To enrich the soil, we mainly use manure from cows and chickens from neighbouring farms. The nuts are harvested when they are at optimal ripeness. In general, and depending on climatic conditions, from the beginning of October, starting with the Lara variety (earlier). To dry them we use either a natural drying at room temperature for about four or five days or our wood chip boiler which we also use for our house. The wood chips come from the wood from the surrounding land that we cut and process every winter. The production of one of our walnut trees generally begins around its 15th year, and this for 200 years. However, its production decreases after a hundred years. We have chosen to convert to organic farming in order to respect the nature around us and our planet. We use natural trap systems to control pests. These sticky pheromone traps allow us to detect the presence of codling moths, the main pests of walnuts, which lay their eggs on the nuts, thus significantly damaging them if no natural treatment is applied.
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Merveilleuses Noix, Notre Dame de l’Osier, FR
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