My name is Jessica Ponce, and I am the third generation of a farming family dedicated to the cultivation of citrus fruits, vegetables, olives, grapevines and tropical fruit. I have had the good fortune and the pleasure to be born surrounded by nature. Ever since I was a child I had a passion for agriculture, my parents always taught me that working in the fields was very hard but at the same time very satisfying. They made me see that with effort, love and dedication, nature can offer us wonderful things. But it is something that fills me with nostalgia, as it makes me remember how as a child I always went with my grandfather to the countryside and I loved to watch him carry out each task.
My studies are not related to the agricultural sector, as I studied Administration and Finance and Management Assistance, however I come from a family with a long tradition in the agricultural world, so I have a good perspective that mixes innovation and tradition. I would love to take part in training related to the environment. I was lucky enough to start working with Paco Marin, CrowdFarming's Farmer, who helped me to accumulate more knowledge about agriculture. I follow the day-to-day running of their farm and know the joys and difficulties of being part of CrowdFarming first hand.
Thanks to this and all the knowledge I have gained over the years, I decided to create this project, with the objective of being able to make the most unproductive areas of the farm profitable, based on ecological and sustainable management, which contributes in every moment to the protection and growth of biodiversity.
Together with my father, my work on the farm is focused on controlling the crop, observing if there is any type of pest, such as the cochineal, which is very common. In order to prevent it, we apply potassium soap to each prickly pear every 15 days. It is a totally natural product created to prevent or combat this common pest. In addition, although it is a rain-fed plant, we must provide irrigation one or two times a week, control the elimination of weeds and observe the flowering and harvesting times of the fruit, in this way we work hard to achieve better quality.
CrowdFarming gives me the opportunity to give value to such a traditional crop as the prickly pear on our land, as well as being able to offer my products to the end customer without the need for intermediaries.