New Citrus Trees June 15, 2015
Before we planted our baby Satsuma mandarin trees, I went to visit the nursery that raised them. They were so little! They start off as a different tree all together. Corrizo is the variety. This citrus tree produces fruit that is so awful, I’m not even sure if it is edible. However, the roots of this variety are amazing. They do well in many different types of soil. They resist disease and are excellent at mining the soil of the nutrients needed by the tree. The Satsuma Mandarin on the other hand has a terrible root system - they are very picky about what soil they will live in. They don’t like the soil to be too wet or too dry. They are magnets for root disease. However, the Satsuma has a beautiful piece of fruit - seedless, sweet, easy to peel.
Humans are clever creatures. Long ago, we figured out how to graft one variety of tree onto another. Yes, Corrizo root system with a Satsuma Mandarin top - genius. That is what the nursery does for us. In the beginning, it is a tiny Corrizo tree that gets a single Satsuma Mandarin branch grafted onto it. They care for the tree in a greenhouse for over a year until they are able to cut off the Corrizo top, permanently marrying the Satsuma Mandarin top to the Corrizo root system; Satsuma Mandarin on Corrizo is how we say it.
With that amazing process done, we receive tiny trees in pots that we will plant on a grid pattern in our bare ground, creating an orchard that will yield some fruit in 3 years with the first good harvest happening in 5 years.
As farmers, we face the issue that planting and caring for these orchards until they begin to yield fruit (5 years) is costly and often requires borrowing money. As such, several years ago, our farm started a Green Loan Program, an innovative program that connects farmer and consumer by allowing our customers to participate in a mutually-beneficial investment partnership.
In simplified terms, qualified individuals can loan our farm money through our Green Loan Program. We then use the capital to bring new farm projects, like a new satsuma orchard, to reality. Investors can choose if they would like to receive a variable annual interest rate in cash or in Farm Fresh To You credits. Licensed through the California Department of Corporations as a DPO (direct private offering), our Green Loan Program is a legitimate way to invest in your food system. Through the DPO, we accept loans ranging from $2,000 to $50,000.
If you would like more information, please email my team at Mstuart@farmfreshtoyou.com. He will get you information and coordinate a series of informational sessions about the program that I will host. This is a legitimate and secure way to let your money grow while enabling our genuine and sustainable farm to grow - let’s grow together.
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