Organic peaches from Finca Charca El Poleo

2.20 kg/doos

Organic peaches from Finca Charca El Poleo

2.20 kg/doos

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Specificaties
Inhoud van de doos: 1 doos bevat 2.2kg van organic peaches
Variëteit: peaches with red skin and yellow or white pulp
Peaches with velvety red skin and white pulp: we grow the varieties Pamela, Blanco, Fresh White, Sweet Reina, Sweet Queen and Gladys
Peaches with velvety red skin and yellow pulp: we grow the varieties Carla, Crimson Lady, Summer Rich and Ryan Sun
Peaches with velvety yellow skin and yellow pulp: we grow the Federica variety
Regardless of the colour of the pulp, all our varieties offer similar organoleptic characteristics, with an aromatically complex pulp alongside a sweet and intense flavour, with a touch of sourness that varies according to the level of ripeness
Organic farming certified by the European Organic Farming label since 2015
Harvest on request, shipped without wax or preservative treatments in a cardboard box without plastics
The box includes some extra fruits, in case some of them arrive damaged
One kilo contains between 6 and 12 fruits (the box contains between 12 and 24 fruits depending on the size)
If you keep them in a fresh and airy place, they can last 7 days in good condition (if you want them to last longer, you can keep them in the fridge)
It is a climacteric fruit, harvested when it reaches physiological ripeness but continues to evolve after harvesting until it is ready for consumption
Important: The fruits usually arrive hard, keep them at room temperature until they reach they are ready to eat; if you receive an alread ripe piece, you can put it in the fridge or eat it straight away
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Jose María Navarro Acedo
Although I belong to the third generation of a family with an olive-growing tradition, there weren't only olive trees in our family, as my grandfather was a farrier and a farmer at the same time. I'm the son of an olive farmer, and a retired agronomist, but I initially wanted to study Telecommunications. My name's Jose María Navarro Acedo and I'm delighted to introduce myself to you here. As I was saying, after school I wanted to study Telecommunications, but my mother, who knows me well and knew that a working life restricted within four walls would be a nightmare, advised me to study Agronomy so that I could work outdoors, where I have always loved to be. When I was little, I would spend the summer in the garden with my great-grandmother, my three brothers and my grandfather, who I'd watch heading off to work every day in the farm and then selling the harvest. During my time at university, I discovered Italy thanks to an ERASMUS grant, getting to know a wonderful country to which I'd later return. When I graduated in Agronomy, I started working in the fruit industry, spending three years in Italy and another three in England. But in the end, I decided to return to my homeland and joined another company as a sales director. After that, I felt ready to launch my own project in the family business dedicated to olive farming, and in 2012 I started my own fruit plantation at Finca El Poleo. This project wouldn't have been possible without the unconditional support of my wife Beny. They say that behind every great man there's a greater woman, which is definitely my case. Beny has always spent more time on certifications, costs, audits, etc., but her passion for farming led her to making the leap to run some of our support farms, which she’ll be doing from later on this year. Today, with the help of the entire team, we coordinate the work so that together we can make progress with this company, which would be impossible without the hard work of the sales team formed by Pilar and Gabi, the logistics center team managed by Elisa, Inma, Eli and Miguel, and the farm team coordinated by María Belinda and her boys. We also have the help of uncle Narcis, my wife's uncle, who is a source of agricultural wisdom and helps us check that everything is going well. The traditional market doesn't even give a third of the value of the fruit to the farmer. And on top of that, offensive amounts of fruit are thrown away. Not only is the fruit thrown away that isn't consumed in time by households or that goes off, the real scandal is that the fruit sold by farmers to major supermarkets is thrown away without actually being sold to the final customer. This is tremendously painful for us after all the efforts made throughout the year and the resources spent. That's why we decided to launch direct sales on CrowdFarming.
Finca Charca El Poleo
Finca El Poleo is located in the small village of Granja de Torrehermosa (which lies in the province of Badajoz bordering Córdoba), which was traditionally a cereal farming village but has recently been badly hit by rural depopulation. When you break down the name in Spanish, you can see why it's nicknamed the village of the three lies, because it's not a farm (granja), it doesn't have a tower (torre) and it isn't beautiful (hermosa)! Farmers used to call a pond near the farm Charca El Poleo, because pennyroyal (poleo) naturally flourished near the pond (charca). This pond is very close to our farm, hence the name Finca El Poleo. This farm is our favourite and also our flagship. We'll allocate all its production to CrowdFarming, but we'll use the harvest of the other farms in our project if necessary. Don't worry, though, as they all follow exactly the same quality standards and you'll always receive your fruit on time. Finca El Poleo was initially an olive grove, a crop that my family have spent years working with. But this farm without conventional fruit crops made me think that it was ideal for growing organic fruit, so I decided to change some olive trees for fruit trees in the quest for the perfect balance between fruit farming, olive growing and the natural environment. Finca El Poleo has an area of 83 hectares divided between olive groves and stone fruits. In the fruit part, we grow plums, nectarines, peaches, apricots and flat peaches. The fruit farm has a somewhat unusual layout, following the contour lines of the land, with wider rows than usual in fruit farming, which means that the trees can retain water better and that we can reduce irrigation needs by preventing serious water runoff that would also erode the land. In order to increase biodiversity in our crops, we leave plant cover on the ground and keep around 12-15% of the farm uncultivated. When the hot months come around, we mow the grass on alternate rows, incorporating the mowed grass as mulch, which helps us reduce evaporation-related water loss and optimise irrigation efficiency. We have four wells on our farm, but we only use one of them. To minimise water consumption, we drip-irrigate all our trees with two short waterings per day. In the hot season (May-September), each tree consumes approximately 16 liters of water per day. To understand our work on the farm, we should look at the production calendar. Once the harvest is over, we conduct green pruning to help us aerate the tree and give more light to future fruits, which will have a very positive influence on ripening. We then start dry trimming, which defines the branches that will bear fruit in the following season. These winter jobs are supplemented by regular composting with humus and manure. Once spring comes, we leave the trees to flower and be pollinated by our bees and other insects, which then forms the fruits. Afterwards, we thin out the trees several times, reducing the number of pieces of fruit per tree to guarantee the right level of ripening. After all that, it's time to collect the fruit. We prepare the fruit and the orders at our facilities in Puebla de la Calzada, a village near the farm. These facilities are fitted with solar panels that provide an energy self-sufficiency of approximately 60%. To minimise food waste, we use edible but unmarketable fruit for the baby food and juice industry. Meanwhile, we use decaying fruit to feed our worms, which we'll later take to the crop so that they decompose organic matter on the ground and the sheep manure, which creates the best natural fertiliser for our trees. Our permanent workforce is made up of about ten people, some of whom have been with us for more than seven years. This figure reaches up to one hundred at harvest time, which is when we need more workers. All staff are contracted according to the collective agreement and we offer our workers flexible hours to achieve a work-life balance. To certify our commitment to our staff, we hold the Global Grasp certificate.
Technische informatie
Adres
Finca Charca El Poleo, Granja de Torrehermosa, ES
Hoogte
600m
Team
7 women and 10 men
omvang
83 ha
landbouwtechnieken
Organic farming
Irrigatie
Drip irrigation
Veelgestelde vragen
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