clementines
Verger de Alicia

clementines

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Adopt a clementine tree from the farm "Verger de Alicia" in Valencia (Spanje) and receive your harvest in the form of clementines at home. Gonzalo 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: Although your adoption will be renewed automatically, you will always be informed in advance and may decide to cancel your adoption at any time as long as the preparation has not yet begun.

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Wat adopteer je?

You adopt a clementine tree from our farm in Valencia (Spanje) that we cultivate following the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union. We are in the process of converting and hope to get certified in 2024. During the process of adoption you can choose a name which we will use to identify your clementine tree. *Citrus reshni* is the scientific name of the tree that gives us the wonderful Nules clementines or clemenules, as we call them here. As many of you'll know, citrus fruits date back approximately two thousand years to Southeast Asia, but clemenules are somewhat more 'modern'. At an orphanage in Oran (Algeria) back in 1890, a certain Father Clement Rodier and the orphans identified a new, tastier fruit among the trees in their garden, which they named Clement, in honour of this priest. This clementine is known to be the hybrid of the common mandarin and the sweet orange. But clemenules are even younger, as they first came about in 1953 when a clementine mandarin (the ones discovered by Father Clement) underwent a spontaneous mutation in the town of Nules, Castellón, just seventy kilometres from our farm, giving rise to the famous clemenules, a very tasty and easy-peeling clementine with an intense colour. Our trees are moderately vigorous, with large light green leaves, and a staggered flowering, usually starting in late March. The flowering affects the fruits' size, the thickness of their peel and when they are in season. What's more, the fruits are less resistant than those of the orange tree, being particularly susceptible to late rainfall that favours the growth of fungi. In May 2021, we took up a new challenge: to convert El Verger de Alicia to organic farming. Thanks to its climate and relief, the farm offers optimal conditions for the development of this organic project. The farm is 100% organic and herbicide-free. We control weeds mechanically, we only cut the grass in the summer months (so that it doesn't compete with the fruit trees), and we control pests with the help of insects. Your adoption is 7 years old and its productive life is around 30 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 adoption dies, we will replace it with no additional cost assuring the delivery of your harvest from others. Your adoption produces an average of 3.5kg of clementines each season. You do not have to commit to the consumption of the whole harvest. Each season you may decide what quantity to reserve and pay the maintenance in accordance with that amount. This way you will only pay for what you consume and will be able to sell any remaining harvest to others.

Wat krijg je?

During the season, you will be able to receive the harvest that you are reserving now: a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 1 boxes. Once you paid for the adoption, you will be able to plan your shipments from your user account. Shipping format:__3.5kg box of clementines__ * Clemenules: medium-sized; seedless; easy to peel; sweet flavour; high juice content; and segments with a pleasant texture * Farming in transition to organic farming since 2021 * Harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics * We do not store the fruit in cold chambers, they go directly from the tree to your doorstep * Our trees are not a screw factory: each fruit is unique in appearance and size * One kilo contains between 8 and 12 fruits (the box contains between 28 and 42 fruits depending on the size) * If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 15 days in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge)

Wanneer ontvang je het?

We harvest our clementines from late November to mid-December. The exact dates may vary depending on the weather in each season.

Waarom zou je adopteren?
Weet wie je voedsel produceert, hoe en waar. Koop je voedsel op een bewuste, directe en consistente manier.
Door in te kopen zonder tussenpersonen kan de producent betere prijzen krijgen. Dit helpt om betere banen en sociale normen te creëren op het platteland.
Als je iets adopteert, zorg je ervoor dat de producent kan verkopen tegen een vaste prijs en produceren op aanvraag. Dit voorkomt voedselverspilling van producten die worden verbouwd maar niet verkocht.
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