Organic melons from Famille Audema

4,70 kg/caja

Organic melons from Famille Audema

4,70 kg/caja

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Contenido de la caja: 1 caja contiene 4.7kg de organic melons
Variedad: Charentais
Light green bark, round and ribbed with firm orange flesh, sweet and juicy
Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2002
This melon is perfect on its own to be enjoyed as it is, chilled or in a salad
To protect the plants and ensure their growth, this product is grown with the help of additional artificial structures (open-ground cultivation under hoops)
Picked the day before shipment at their optimal point of ripeness and shipped in a cardboard box without plastics
One kilo contains about 1 fruit (the box contains between 4 and 6 fruits depending on the size)
If you keep them in the fridge, they can last up to 10 days in good condition
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Pierre-Olivier Audema
My name is Pierre-Olivier Audema and I am the son of winegrowers. I always knew I wanted to be a farmer but didn't have any interest in the vineyard. It took me a few years to find my way. I first turned to arboriculture and then moved to market gardening. I couldn't see myself in arboriculture or viticulture, spending the winter months pruning. The work seemed too repetitive, and I was worried I would get bored. The diversity of market gardening appealed to me. I don't regret having embarked on this adventure, which I had to create from scratch, even though it took a lot of energy and time. So, I didn't follow in my parents' footsteps exactly. I am currently the only one from my family working on the farm. I hope that in the future my son, who is passionate about this work, will be able to join me after completing his education. I am proud of the operation which now has several teams. Between the technical side of the crops, the administrative side and the commercial side, I have a great team around me who I can rely on. All year round, I supervise the different departments and continue to monitor the crops closely, because with more than 15 different products throughout the year, the technical aspect remains crucial and very precise. Two crop managers work with me throughout the year. Being in the field is what I love most. I would say today that I am lucky to spend 70% of my time outside taking care of my crops. Since 2012, we have become shareholder producers of the Imago producer group, which mainly deals with the marketing, accounting and logistics of our products. Together we are stronger and this allows me to free up more time for my main job which is farming. The group has existed since 1992 and is 100% owned by us as shareholder producers.
Famille Audema
The farm is called Famille Audema; indeed, I wanted to associate my name with my project when it was created in 1998. I started by buying 20 hectares, and have since expanded the farm over the years. It now covers 120 hectares in Vergèze and 40 hectares near Argelès. In the Occitanie region, both parts of the farm benefit from a mild Mediterranean climate. In Vergèze, an area of several thousand hectares is registered with the Natura 2000 network (a set of protected areas aimed at preserving biodiversity), helping to preserve the biological diversity of species and habitats, which are mainly home to many bird species. The area around the farm is very agricultural even if the region remains touristy due to its proximity to the Mediterranean coast. I went straight into organic farming. At the time, I was seen as being very unusual, but I am proud to have succeeded in this challenge, especially when I now see the damage conventional farming at the time has caused. It is impossible to get bored with market gardening and the spring-summer and autumn-winter crops. In spring and summer, the main crops are melons, watermelons, courgettes, aubergines, tomatoes, new potatoes and young shoots. Then, during the autumn and winter period, we move on to spinach, celery, fennel, sweet potatoes and broccoli. Irrigation is done via a drip system in order to give the exact amount of water needed and to release it as close as possible to the plants. I check the needs of the crops on a daily basis to irrigate accordingly. The water comes from a canal that supplies the whole region. It is an irrigation canal built in the 1960s by Philippe Lamour (after whom it is named) bringing water from the Rhône to the Gard and Hérault rivers. The farm has a lot of hedges to promote biodiversity. We practice crop rotation, growing 2 years of market gardening and 2 years of cereals on each plot. This is part of a preventive pest control method. Organic Farming does not allow for many products to eradicate an established pest or disease. If this happens, we pull out the contaminated roots to prevent it from spreading. We have a solar panel shed which allows us to produce more energy than we consume. Unfortunately, we don't have the device to use the energy produced directly. This system allows us to fund the construction of the shed. The farm employs 90 people all year round and 120 seasonal workers. It is a large team divided between the management of the shop, the offices, the packing station and the crops. We employ people with disabilities in the station and are now looking for a partnership with an employer to help sustain these jobs. The remains of unmarketable crops are donated to a neighbouring farm to feed the pigs. We also have a compost area that allows us to produce 2,000 tonnes of compost per year that is spread on the soil.
Información técnica
Dirección
Famille Audema, Vergèze, FR
Altitud
30m
Equipo
45 women and 45 men
Dimensión
160ha
Técnicas de cultivo
Drip irrigation
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