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Juan Bronson  Heirloom cacao, Precious hardwoods, Vanilla and conservation

http://izabalagroforest.com/

Last week we embarked on a new farming project that seeks to establish sustainably produced flowers that will later be processed into essential oils. This investment took an immense amount of effort to get to this point, but here we are planting our first of many roses. I'm also very happy for our new partners, an all female cooperative of kick ass flower farmers. Go team! #essentialoils #izabalagroforest

Wrapping up our final harvest today; production normalized in 2017 which was nice. We had for the first time, an issue with theft which was sad for me personally. Farming, and particularly cacao farming is full of challenges, but we do love it. These colors, the treasure hunt, the chocolate, the friends we've made, the places we've visited, it's a good ride. #haciendariodulce #cacaolove #izabalagroforest #cacao

I love the color of this varietal, the Java/Hawaiian criollo, brought to us several years ago by our friend #bradkintzer of @tchochocolate

My daughter #myhazelmoon playing under the protection of El Cahui, the Mystical Mayan Crocodile of lake Peten Itza.

Oasis Chiyu #joaquinfox

Look at these amazing colors

Interesting to compare the different varietals we carry (upper row) with the Mayan criollo (lower row) which to-date is much smaller and less productive than its hybrid counter parts. The closest, in terms of size, is the Java/ Hawaiian varietal which I've placed in the top right corner.

It literally took me all day to transport these White seed criollos from deep in the Mayan biosphere to our fermentery in Rio Dulce; despite being tired we're happy to finally have enough material for a micro-ferment given that this varietal has (likely) never been processed into chocolate.

We love students! Today we had the pleasure of hosting a group of Geography students from Humboldt University in Berlin. Students interested in visiting our farms can write to us via info@izabalagroforest.com

Rosewood branches; Dalbergia stevensonii & Dalbergia retusa, two of the rarest and most beautiful hardwood trees in the American tropics; grown extensively on our farms. #izabalagroforest

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