Walnuts peeled from Nouca

2.50 kg/box

Walnuts peeled from Nouca
Buy directly from the farmer. Without intermediaries.
Limited & seasonal harvest.
The farmer does (yet) not ship to:  United States
Contents of the box: 1 box contains 2.5kg of walnuts (peeled)
Variety: chandler
5 x peeled walnuts (protective atmosphere packaging)
Round shell and brown skin, softer than other varieties, white kernel and sweet flavour
In conversion to organic farming since 2019
In each bag you'll find approximately 250g of walnut halves, 200g of walnut quarters and 50g of smaller pieces
You can enjoy the walnuts on their own or with something else, in your meals and as a snack, while the smaller pieces are perfect for adding to a yoghurt, a salad or certain recipes, or even for making your own granola
The packaged walnuts keep for a year, but we recommend finishing opened packs within 60 days
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Conversion to organic farming
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Young Farmer
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Family Farm
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Visitors welcome
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Iván Ruiz Grau
My name's Iván and I belong to the third generation of farmers in my family. My ancestors started off growing apples and decided to grow walnut trees more than twenty years ago. When I was little, I loved spending time with my grandfather on the farms. Even when I was very young, I'd go to work in the fields in the summer holidays. He has always been my mentor and has always given me his support and encouraged me to experiment with new practices and break new ground in various areas, such as the conversion to organic farming in our region. Today, my dear grandfather continues to supervise the farms and support us. He also encouraged me to continue the family business and follow my passion for nature, and above all, he accompanied and guided me when I was suffering after my father's death. I can now say that despite those hard years, and the financial problems that a young person can have with a business like this, I enjoy my work every day. I love being able to see the evolution of the fields, from year one to seeing them full of majestic walnut trees. Being able to walk through the farm breathing in life, listening to insects, hearing the birds sing, and knowing that we're contributing to the well-being of our planet. My role and motivation today is to expand the brand and, with it, our values and our sustainable agriculture model to other producers of the same crop. The day to day of the company varies a lot depending on the time of the year. As for the team, Pepo is in charge of production and the warehouse. Meanwhile, Roc, Viorel and Gora perform tasks related to production and storage. Miriam is in charge of administration and Núria is responsible for brand communication. A few years ago, I was thinking about undertaking a project similar to CrowdFarming, but as a farmer it was very difficult for me to organise and execute it as best as possible. So when I came across CrowdFarming, I contacted them immediately so that I could be part of the project. I think that the future of sustainable agriculture, and of local solutions, depends solely on platforms like CrowdFarming, as it allows the farmer to avoid the high and disproportionate commission of intermediaries, and thereby channel resources into agriculture and ecology. On the consumer front, I think that's where more value can be added, as they get to know the food, its source, the producer and their history at first hand. Ultimately, it's a win-win-win for all three: the farmer, the consumer and the CrowdFarming team.
Nouca lends its name to several plots located in Lleida, Catalonia, and describes the relationship between the trees and our region: Nou (nut, in Catalan) + Ca (Catalonia). Our main farm is known as La Plana and is located very close to the Segre River, near the Mediterranean Sea and about eighty kilometres from the Catalan Pyrenees. This location is ideal for growing walnut trees, as they enjoy a cold climate in winter and a wonderful spring with plenty of rain. The agricultural history of this family project goes back three generations, having started off with the cultivation of apples. However, the drop in fruit prices some twenty years ago made us decide to replace some of the apple trees with walnut trees. We've always thought that this tree has a special charm and we really wanted to grow it. What's more, we knew that it would help us diversify our source of income and cut the risks caused by inclement weather or pests. We currently grow about 10 hectares of fruit, including Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and Buckeye Gala apples, and 22 hectares of Chandler walnut trees. The farm is situated 275 metres above sea level, in an area very rich in water, with groundwater very close to the surface of the land (approximately 2 metres), which provides us with a well for watering our trees. However, as we all know, water is a scarce resource. In order not to waste a single drop, we use a micro-sprinkler irrigation system that uses probes to supply the required amount of water to each tree depending on its phenological status. In 2019, we started with the organic farming certification and have since followed the parameters established by this regulation. In our area, livestock is of major economic importance, and we contribute to reducing its waste by using the manure from nearby organic farms, always avoiding the use of synthetic chemical fertilisers and pesticides. We base the organic management of the farm on the prevention of pests, deficiencies and diseases. We use this cow manure generously and mix it with husks, skins or walnuts in bad condition. We also incorporate shredded grass and pruning remains into the soil, so we don't generate any waste. To guarantee a living soil full of beneficial microorganisms, we add biofertilisers rich in microorganisms and minerals that we make ourselves, controlling the balance of our soils by taking regular measurements. Our production cycle begins with pruning in winter, followed by vegetative growth, flowering, formation and ripening of the fruit up to the harvest, followed by the sales campaign. Harvesting is one of our favourite times of the year. We know that the harvest is approaching when the pericarp (the green skin that surrounds the brown walnut that we all know) splits, which usually happens between September and October. After the pericarp splits, the fruits begin to fall to the ground, forming a beautiful carpet of walnuts. When approximately 50% of the walnuts are on the ground, we start our 'campaign'. This means using the tractor to shake the trees so that all the walnuts fall to the ground. Immediately afterwards, we blow them into windrows that the sweepers collect and unload onto the tractors to be transported to our plant. Our processing facilities are located on the farm itself, and this is where we dry and pack the walnuts. We immediately perform a meticulous quality control to guarantee the absence of pests and fungi, reduce spoilage and ensure the best taste and the highest quality. People from our immediate environment and the local area work on our project. The average age of our young team is under forty and our names are Pepo, Roc, Gora, Miriam, Viroel, Nuria and Iván (me). In the harvest season, we employ a further ten or so people so that we can collect, clean and process the nuts at the right time, thereby securing the highest quality. All our workers are on a contract and we strictly comply with the law in this regard. What's more, we collaborate with Acudam, a Down syndrome association located in the neighbouring town, which takes care of packaging many of the walnuts that we distribute. No less important is the presence of my grandfather Josep Maria, 74, who walks through the farms every day with his two dogs, Bruno and Duc, to check that everything is in order and give his important seal of conformity, based on his sixty-year-plus experience of working the land.
Technical information
Nouca, Golmés, ES
2 women and 5 men
22 ha
Cultivation technique
Organic Farming
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