white quinoa
Sa Majesté la Graine
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The project

Adopt quinoa plant stock from "Sa Majesté la Graine" in Nérondes (France) and receive your harvest in the form of white quinoa at home. The Farmer Marion 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 quinoa plant stock from "Sa Majesté la Graine" in Nérondes (France) and receive your harvest in the form of white quinoa at home. The Farmer Marion 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 quinoa plant stock from our farm in Nérondes (France). You will adopt a quinoa parcel of 33m² which yield corresponds to the 5 kilos of grain that we will send you. As farmers located in the heart of Berry since 2015, we diversified our crops by farming quinoa. Quinoa is our favorite grain as the variety that we use has a characteristic taste and texture, and above all cooks very fast (6 minutes as opposed to 12 to 15 minutes for other varieties)! Originated from Latin America, quinoa has been cultivated for over 5000 years. It is the fruit of a herbaceous plant from the Amaranthaceae family. Although it is consumed in a similar way as cereals, it isn’t part of the graminaceous family. We may therefore call it a “pseudo-cereal”. The first quinoa grain is believed to have arrived in Europe around the 18th century. It is considered to be “the Queen of all grains” by the Incas. We do not use any herbicides: the weeding is done mechanically, and even manually whenever necessary. We select ancient and rustic varieties that need little inputs. We sow at the beginning of spring and harvest towards the end of August or beginning of September. Quinoa grain is then pre-washed, dried and stored. Before arriving in your plate, they go through several sorting and cleaning stages!
What will you receive?
Each season we will send you a box with: 1 x __white quinoa__ (5kg/bag) It is recommended to rinse the quinoa before cooking it. It may be cooked in the same way as pasta or rice; simply in a big pot of water. Berry quinoa only needs to simmer for 6 minutes. But here is the perfect way to cook it: Pour the quinoa into 1,7 times its volume of boiling water or broth. Once the liquid starts boiling again, let it simmer for 6 minutes at medium heat and covered. Remove from heat and set aside, still covered, for 2 minutes until it has fully absorbed the liquid. For the complete nutritional information, please see the product’s technical sheet. With its delicate flavour, its light texture and it’s crispy touch our quinoa pairs marvelously with many recipes. For savoury dishes, we advise to cook it with vegetables, in the same style as couscous, tajine or tabbouleh. It can also be served with a curry sauce, tomato/bolognese sauce or with pesto. In its sweet version, it can be prepared like rice pudding, with milk or plant milk, and be served with fresh fruit and nuts for a healthy dessert or breakfast (porridge style). The grain can be stored for several months and up to one year as long as it is kept in a dry place, away from the light and heat sources. The bag should be tightly closed to avoid unwelcome visitors.
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. Our quinoa is harvested in the month of September. By the time the grain is cooled, cleaned and packaged, shipments can be made in the fall.
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.
Plastic-free
Young Farmer
Conversion to organic farming

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

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BPA-free
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Farmer 360
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Harvest analysis
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Renewable energy
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Young Farmer
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Small Farm
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Family Farm
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Visitors welcome
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Additional analyses
Marion Breteau
Damien has practically been born in the fields: from a family of farmers for many generations, he has learned to drive his first tractor at the age of 10! The project of recovering the family farm was clear to us. But Damien is a businessman at heart and is very ambitious, which has led to the diversification of our activity. On my side, my family wasn’t in the agricultural field nor from Berry, but my love for nature and the countryside (and by extension, my love for Damien) led me to become a farmer too, but with a different view of the rural word. Damien and I obtained our agricultural engineers diploma in 2011 and have worked in off-farm agricultural activities for 3 years before coming back to the farm in Berry. In 2015, we sowed our 5 first hectares of quinoa, and this was the beginning of the adventure! Crops management, grain storage, traceability, quality, transformation, conditioning, sales, communications… so many aspects to manage to carry out our project. Fortunately, we complete each other perfectly and this allows us to split tasks and to support each other. Damien takes care of the crops and of sorting the grain, and I am in charge of the quality and communications. We wanted to join CrowdFarming because we love everything that goes off the beaten path! We are pro innovation especially when it comes to encouraging short cycles and access to quality products.
Marion Breteau

"The vocation of the farmer has to evolve in order to adapt to new expectations from consumers. We need to reinvent our work, find new ways to produce and to sell in order to sustain our activity. We need to keep in mind the global market, consumers demand, regulations and politics. It is a real puzzle, but we believe that by choosing quality, transparency and direct sales, we will win no matter what."

Sa Majesté la Graine
Sa Majesté la Graine
Quinoa was a very important plant in the culture of the Incas, who used to name it “the mother of all grain”. This is the reason why we chose the name of “Her Majesty the Grain”! Our farm is based in the Cher district, in the heart of Berry and in Région Centre Val de Loire. We usually grow wheat, barley, sunflower, spelt, lentils, quinoa, peas, etc. Around here, there are fields as far as the eyes can see! Our region’s climate is temperate, with continental and oceanic influences. This climate is relatively favorable for the cultivation of cereals, with the exception of the past few years where we suffered droughts. In this rural area with low employment, our activity contributes to the territory’s dynamism with the hiring of 5 people and a partnership with local farmers. In 2014, we recovered Damien's parents' farm, which had crops and dairy cows. We are the second generation on this farm. After the agricultural engineering studies, we were full of ideas and had a strong will to develop them on our territory to bring our fields to life. Part of our farm is labelled Organic Farming (60 ha out of 200 ha) and the rest is certified Haute Valeur Environnementale (High Environmental Value), including our quinoa and lentil parcels. By diversifying the crops and by limiting the use of pesticides and herbicides, we manage to reduce the use of chemical inputs. We prioritize mechanical intervention and natural fertilization in order to only treat what is necessary. At the moment, we are a team of 5 people, but two years ago we were only 2. We are a family business, and we are keen to preserve a friendly environment. Rain water is sufficient for the crops that we chose, and this allows us to avoid irrigation. We invested in solar panels which we placed on the roof of one of our barns so as to produce renewable energy for our farm. Part of the greenwaste from our harvests is sent to a neighbor for methanation, and the other is used by a local farmer to feed his cows.
Technical information
Address
Sa Majesté la Graine, Nérondes, FR
Altitude
300m
Team
4 women and 3 men
Cultivation technique
Sustainable agriculture
Irrigation
Rain
Location