Organic extra virgin olive oil
Proyecto Los Aires
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The project

Adopt a olive tree from the farm "Proyecto Los Aires" in Arcicóllar (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of Organic extra virgin olive oil at home. The Farmer Laura will take care for 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 olive tree from the farm "Proyecto Los Aires" in Arcicóllar (Spain) and receive your harvest in the form of Organic extra virgin olive oil at home. The Farmer Laura will take care for 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 olive tree that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2014. During the process of adoption you can choose a name that we will engrave on a plaque and hang on your tree. Adopt one of our organic olive trees of the Cornicabra variety (typical of our region) from a family plantation of centenary and ecological olive trees in Toledo. Some of our olive trees were planted by Guillermo's grandparents 70 years ago and others were already being cared for by his great-grandfather and are estimated to be around 250 years old. We collect the olives respecting and protecting the fauna that lives in our olive grove, especially the birds. This is why we have signed the manifesto for the protection of migratory birds in olive groves [the manifesto for the protection of migratory birds in olive groves](http://bit.ly/2MML0Eg). It is a dry field where we rely only on rainwater. From one tree, and depending on the year, we can collect between 35 and 45 kg. Our oil has been recognized with the international gold medal EVOO in the international prize ECOTRAMA of Ecovalia in 2019. The productive life of a olive tree is around 180-280 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 Olive tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. With the production of a olive tree an average of 6l of Organic extra virgin olive oil is produced each season.
What will you receive?
Contents of the box we will send you: 2 x __Organic extra virgin olive oil of the Cornicabra variety__ (3l container) Produced from olives harvested early and cold extraction at a temperature below 20ºC. This way we get the highest quality and health benefits, even though we need more kilos of olives to produce 1 liter of oil. We recommend its use to add flavor to already cooked dishes, salads, toasts, desserts. Thus, you will appreciate its level of balanced fruity (with aromas of tomatoes, herbs and green olive) bitter and spicy flavors due to its high level of polyphenols and antioxidants. When collecting a healthy olive and in the optimal moment of ripeness we obtain a high quantity of antioxidants and polyphenols that make that the properties of the oil last at their maximum level throughout the year. The best way to preserve your oil is by storing the tins in a dry, cool place away from sunlight. Consume it during the year that passes since you receive it.
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.
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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

Adoptions available until the 26/10/2020
Delivery starting on the 14/12/2020

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Delivery country Spain

Final price:

78.94€ / Season

Includes adoption, preparation and shipment of the order.

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Laura García Jiménez
Proyecto Los Aires was born as a result of the innovation of a small family farm in Toledo. PLA is made up of me and Guillermo. We are two young biologists who are committed to organic farming, high quality extra virgin olive oil and consumer education. In 2010, after finishing our degree in Biology, our family asked us if we could help them to recover and manage the small farm of centenary olive trees they had in Toledo. We decided to continue with the family business and it was very clear to us that we had to complement our degree and train ourselves both in cultivation and in tasting and oil production. In this way, we took several courses in olive cultivation and elaiotechnics, organic farming as well as tasting courses. In the 2019 campaign we won a gold medal in the Ecotrama International Ecological Oils Competition. Based on the respect that nature deserves, we decided to take care of our olive groves based on organic farming. We do not add any type of chemical product of synthesis (insecticides, herbicides nor fertilizers). In addition, we believe in biodiversity as basis for developing our organic cultivation approach and making a healthy product of the highest quality. After selling our first olive harvest and seeing the low price paid to farmers for their raw material, we decided to make our own organic extra virgin olive oil in order to ensure a fair price for the farmer at the source, always focused on quality. Our farm is small and we cannot have our own olive-oil mill. For that reason, we rent the mill during the days of elaboration of the oil. It is a small family oil mill in which they take care of each part of the production process and respect the steps required to obtain a quality oil. During harvest period, every day we produce the early harvest extra virgin olive oil of the Cornicabra variety in less than 7 hours and through cold extraction. When the oil is produced, we keep it in a stainless steel tank with nitrogen atmosphere to maintain all its properties. Ultimately our challenge is to "bring the city closer to the countryside", so that the consumer knows what lies behind each bottle and thus is able to choose a quality oil.
Laura García Jiménez

“We work every day to achieve the highest quality of our product, and thus reach the final consumer with an oil that can add aromas and flavors to their dishes in a healthy way. Being a Farmer at CrowdFarming gives us the opportunity to get closer to our consumers and let them know first hand how we take care of their oil from the olive tree to the bottle.”

Proyecto Los Aires
Proyecto Los Aires
Proyecto Los Aires is a centenary olive grove which includes centennial trees and others with an age of around 70 years of our local variety, the Cornicabra olive variety. Our olive groves are located in Arcicóllar, a small village 30 km from Toledo and 60 km from Madrid, at an altitude of 560 metres above sea level. More than 400 of our olive trees are hundreds of years old and belonged to Guillermo's great-grandfather, but we have no information about who planted them (in the village we are told that when he bought the olive grove the trees were already planted). Then they were taken care of by his grandfather and his father who were in charge of planting some more trees in the 50's, until in the last years, they asked us if we could continue with the family care of the olive grove. When these trees were planted, the traditional way of doing so was to take several branches resulting from pruning and make a large hole in the ground to bury several branches on the same spot without roots that took between 15 and 20 years to produce for the first time. So when we see one of these trunks, it is not just one tree but 3 or 4 that have fused over the years. For a tree to remain productive after so many years, pruning is very important: the idea is to get a centenary trunk branched into 3 or 4 main branches from which there emerge other young branches of no more than 6-7 years that will be productive. We cultivate our olive grove based on biodiversity as the basis of organic farming. It is surrounded by vineyards and grains which, together with the olive trees, are the traditional crops of our area. In addition, these crops provide refuge for the red partridge, bustards, owls, kites, rabbits, foxes and wild boars. Our olive grove is a dry land plot, so the water the olive trees receive is simply rainwater. Since we recovered the olive grove a few years ago, organic farming has always been our commitment. At present and from the year 2014 we have an ecological certificate. The transition in woody crops lasts 3 years in which we eliminated the traditional techniques of cultivation, to which the tree is so accustomed, such as use of chemicals, burning of pruning remains, tilling the soil, etc. and incorporating new techniques such as: * __Maintain plant cover__ to control erosion, improve soil structure and thus enhance biodiversity. The presence of different invertebrates, bacteria and fungi is beneficial to the balance of the soil and therefore the agro-ecosystem. Each one of the different species of grass that we have in the olive grove will act attracting different insects (among them ladybirds, spiders, praying mantises, wasps...) that will be beneficial for our cultivation since they act as enemies of our main pests. In addition, they will give us different types of nutrients by cutting them and incorporating them back into the soil * Before the end of the rainy season, we cut this grass to avoid competition with the trees for water, since in our climate it is undoubtedly the limiting resource, due to the low rainfall * From __the remains of the pruning__, we normally take out the thicker branches for firewood and the smaller branches we put in rows along the olive grove and we crush them to incorporate them again to the soil and in this way to create little by little a mulch that protects our soil and contributes this way new organic matter * This year we have used some of the larger branches to make boards on which we have written the name of each Crowdfarmer and hung them on the trees to identify them * As far as pest control is concerned, we monitor their presence with plaques containing attractants of our main enemies and only treat them if necessary (and always with natural and pest-specific products and methods) In our project we are two people working all year round (Guillermo and Laura) and one person who helps us almost all year round. The team increases in the harvest of the olive (depending on the crop we are between six and eight people) and the pruning of the olive tree (4 people). All the people who work with us are paid according to the collective agreement and have their own social security. The selection of fruit to elaborate the olive juice is done from one month before the harvest because we carry out analyses that determine the oil yield and the percentage of humidity of the olive. We also randomly sample olives to determine their ripeness index and thus establish the right time to harvest and ensure that the fruit is in the best condition to give it a fruity aroma and rich olive flavour.
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Technical information
Address
Proyecto Los Aires, Arcicóllar, ES
Altitude
560m
Team
1 woman and 2 men
Size
22 hectares
Cultivation technique
Organic farming
Irrigation
Dry land
Location