merino wool
Moheda de Abajo
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The project

Adopt {publicVariety} of our flock "{farmName}" in {cityfarm} ({countryFarm}) and receive your harvest in the form of {production} at home. The Farmer {farmerName} will take care for your adoption and take its picture each season. 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} of our flock "{farmName}" in {cityfarm} ({countryFarm}) and receive your harvest in the form of {production} at home. The Farmer {farmerName} will take care for your adoption and take its picture each season. 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}). The merino sheep is characterized above all by its high specialization for the production of a unique wool. In this respect, the fleece is the element that best defines it, both in terms of its elongation and the density of the fibres, and in terms of the particular characteristics of these fibres, which are related to fineness, waves and uniformity. The Merino breed is also known for its high rusticity and its ability to adapt to different environments. These characteristics have allowed it to settle on the five continents. These and other characteristics, together with its interesting reproductive behaviour, have made this breed the most important in the world, both for its census and for its participation in the creation of many important breeds of sheep. An admirable animal that deserves to be preserved both for the products it offers and for its contribution to the development of the livestock industry. The majority of the historians coincide in placing the origin of the merino breed on the Iberian Peninsula. The year of origin is not determined. The term “merino” which names this breed most likely originates from the “merinos” of the Middle Ages. A “merino” used to be an administrative post in the Kingdoms of Castile, Aragón and Navarre, responsible for resolving conflicts, managing the royal assets and a couple of military functions. They charged part of the tithes in wool, which makes is probable that the name of the sheep breed and its “merino wool” originates there. The productive life of {publicVariety} is around 8 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 production from other animals.
What will you receive?
Each season we will send you a box with: 7 x __ball of merino wool __ * Fineness (approx): 20.6 microns. * Weight per unit (approx): 100 gr. * Dimensions per unit (approx): 115 meters of thread at two ends approximately. (The two-ply yarn means that they are two braided threads). * Color: natural, it is not subjected to any dyeing process. You can knit with needles number 7 and 8 or use a knitting machine and you can make: sweaters, socks, hats, gloves, scarves. We recommend that you always wash cold and avoid ironing your garments made with this wool. Preservation advice: We recommend you to wash always in cold and avoid the ironing.
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
Javier Pinto
Javi and his brother Pedro have lived in Moheda practically all their life. Their parents have moved to live their when the boys were small. As with many agricultural jobs, the majority of is is learnt from experience and Javi was lucky to learn from his parents. When Javi was small, he loved to sleep close to the sheepfold of the lambs in order to take care of the ones that had trouble suckling their mother. When his parents could not find him, they already had a suspicion where he could be. Javi and José Antonio take care for the sheep every day. In the mornings, they are responsible for grouping the sheep that are scheduled to give birth. Sometimes the sheep do not want the lamb, especially at the beginning, and they have to take care of feeding the lamb until the sheep slowly feeds it on its own. Those that have given birth will stay inside the sheds until the lambs are a little older and can go out to the field, meanwhile they are in charge of changing the straw so that they have clean bedding and feeding the mothers a hay of oats so that they produce a lot of milk. On the other hand, there are the many sheep that are mated with the males, but which according to the ultrasound examinations were not pregnant and are kept separately. They are also responsible for maintaining the fence, since life on the farm with wild animals (deer and wild boar) causes damage to the fences, which they have to repair. It depends a lot on the season when they have more work. Probably it is the heat in summer when they have to check each sheep individually, as they can run around freely in the fields and catch ticks. This is one of the main reasons why they are shorn so that they are not attacked by insects and are freed from wool fur in the hottest months. In winter and autumn, apart from looking after the sheep, they combine their work with forest care, as the trees require some care and maintenance. In addition to the daily work in the fields, there are always new things to do and improvements to be made. * Sheep shearing: Once a year we shear the wool off of our sheep. Professional local sheep shearers come to our farm just before the summer months to do this work. It takes a lot of skill to make sure not to fluster or disturb the sheep or damage the wool during this process. * Sorting and washing: During the shearing we will separate the wool according to its fineness, length and resistance. We also sort its depending on the part of the sheep’s body it was sheared off. We send the wool to wash to remove the fat or dirt from the fields. Location: Béjar, a province of Salamanca. * Spinning and weaving: Using a mechanical process and after the washing threads are spun, which are later used to make the blanket. We do not color the wool, hence it keeps its original ivory white colour. Location: Val de San Lorenzo, a province of León.
Javier Pinto

"The traceability demanded by consumers nowadays is something that benefits us, as small farmers and it allows to look at the future with optimism. Crowdfarming does not only help in understanding where your food comes from, but also where, how and by whom your clothes are produced."

Moheda de Abajo
Moheda de Abajo
The farm Moheda de Abajo is situated in mountain chains of San Pedro (Sierra de San Pedro), in the Cáceres province. More precisely, the fields of the farm form part of the valley “Valle de Castellanos”. They are well-known territory for sheep breeding in the Western region of the Iberian Peninsula known as “dehesa”. It’s a forest region with pastures where centenary cork and holm oaks grow. The sheep graze freely during all year in one pasture measuring 1.020 hectares. The pastures grow naturally and during the winter months the sheep also enjoy the acorns falling from the oak trees. The mild, rainy climate allows for continuous all-year-long growth of the pastures. During the breeding season of the lambs we feed the ews with hay and oats in order for them to produce more milk for the healthy and strong growth of their lambs. The sheep that are part of the flock of “La Moheda de Abajo” are from the merino breed, originated in Spain. In the 18th century the first merino sheep were exported to France and over the years this extended to the rest of the world due to the high quality of their wool.
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Moheda de Abajo, Cáceres, ES
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