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Frequently Asked Questions
Is your produce organic?
While we are not currently certified organic, we practice “minimum impact farming” techniques that are designed to have the minimal effect on the environment. Our farming practices include: minimal use of pesticides and the most environmentally friendly pesticides, the use of beneficial insects and biocontol agents and the use of low input irrigation to save water. Since the oranges have a rind on them that can be peeled away, they are not as affected by pesticides like some other fruit. This is why we like to use oranges for school fundraisers.
How long will my fruit last?
Fruit will usually last up to 2 weeks unrefrigerated or 2 to 4 weeks refrigerated.
Do we pay upfront?
There is no upfront cost to you. You simply pay at the end of the fundraiser once all the fruit has been distributed out to your customers. You will pay our wholesale cost of the fruit and your organization just keeps the profit you earned.
What happens if we receive some bad or damaged fruit?
We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We will automatically send a free box of fruit for every 100 boxes to cover any damaged or decayed pieces of fruit.
Do you provide any fundraising materials?
Yes, we provide your organization with order forms, collection envelopes, receipt forms, a tally sheet and take home flyers that explain about the fundraiser. Either we can print them up and mail them to you or you can print the forms right off of our website from the Forms page. We will also provide advertising posters that you can hang up around your school if requested.
Is there a minimum order?
Yes, your group must sell at least 108 boxes to cover the freight costs in order for us to guarantee delivery. If you are anywhere close, of course we will work with you on it.
Do we have to pay for shipping?
No, the shipping costs are included in the delivered price per box that we give you.
What is the average profit margin?
The average profit margin is 50% and the average profit per box is $14.00-$18.00. All prices are guaranteed and include the shipping and the recommended selling cost of each item. If 20 students sell 20 boxes with a $14.00-18.00 profit per box, your group will earn $4,000.00-$5,600.00. If 50 students sell 20 boxes, you earn $10,000.00-$14,00.00. If 100 students sell 20 boxes, you earn $20,000.00 – $28,000.00 and so on……..
Should we collect money in advance?
It is recommended that you collect your money at the same time your customers place their orders.
How is the fruit unloaded?
It is your groups responsibility to unload the fruit off of the truck and distribute it to your customers. This is the only labor intensive part of the whole fundraiser. The fruit will arrive in a big refrigerated truck. For liability purposes, the driver cannot unload the truck. You will need 5-10 volunteers, depending on the size of your order, to unload. Hand trucks, rollers or carts are recommended.
What are the payment terms?
Payment is due upon receipt. Once the fruit has been delivered and you are happy with the fruit, we will send you an invoice for our wholesale cost. If you have any questions that have not been answered here, please call, text or email us today. Call or text +1 (559) 280-1292 or [email protected]
If There Is Bad Weather, Will Our Order Be Delayed?
Yes, everything about our business is weather permitting. If we have a lot of rain before your order is supposed to ship, your order could be delayed. We are not able to go in and pick the fruit if the fruit and the ground are too wet. There will be a lot of problems for our customers if the fruit is picked and packed while it is wet, causing problems like mold. We need at least 2 days of dry weather after a storm to let the fruit dry out. In the event of a citrus freeze in California, then we will most likely need to cancel your order. Usually when a frost happens, it will wipe out 60-80 percent of our crops industry wide. It is not very often that a frost will occur. The pattern has usually been about every 8 years or so, but if it does occur on the year that you have an order with us, most likely we will have to cancel.
This includes weather delays with the delivery trucks and container ships. Bad weather will also slow down the trucks and cause delays as well as container ships that we have going on the water, like to Alaska.
Please understand that with farming, we are at the mercy of Mother Nature and we will still do everything we can to get the fruit to you in a timely manner. In the event that the weather causes huge delays to where customers might not get their fruit before they leave on holiday breaks like Christmas, then we will have to postpone that truck until everyone is back from Winter Break.