Give Back to farmers
Cahabon is a small town in Alta Verapaz, it is known for its beautiful river that connects the town to the famous Semuc Champey Park. The area is filled with small-scale Q´eqchi´ farming families between mountains and beautiful views. Communities are collaborating, empowering each other, and giving a hand to their neighbors. This community culture has supported an abundant cacao production area.
The origin is supported by a local foundation and Dokeshi project which provides extra support in the fields, social initiatives such as a dentist program and direct trade with highest payments to farmers in the region.
Meet your farmers!
This cacao origin is originally grown in a food sovereignty program for the Q´eqchi´ community. The primary goal is for the farming families to provide nutritious meals for themselves and cacao is a surplus to the activities.
Some communities have switched to organic farming for over 15 years now. Most of the families are certified organic, others practice the same principles without reaching for certifications. One thing
is sure, the earth is abundant, diverse, and well cared for. The farmers are always keen to learn further skills to care for their land.
Genetics : Blend of local hybrids.
Flavor profile : Balanced,
Fermentation : 7 days in large woden box.
Type of environnement : Small villages on mountain side valley. Young fruit forest gardens, proximity with many viviendas, surrounded by wilderness.
Region : Alta Verapaz
Land Size : About 40+ hectares from a variety of families
Cacao Trees : Unknown
Specificities : Cacao forest mixed with Q'eqchi village.
Ownership : 54 Q'eqchi families organized in a cooperative, managed by a regenerative center.
The farming communities are found in the parameters of the Cahabon town. Several families, each with a small piece of land, come together to produce and sell their cacao. In the past, they would sell their cacao to the ´Coyote´ of the region which would try to bargain at the lowest price, most often 1000Q for 100 lbs of dry cacao. Today, the communities have a much better price with social benefits with it. They grow the cacao with copal, canela, cardamon, citrus trees, corn, plantain and much more.
Concept of the Project
The project started 30 years ago with a Swiss priest. Seeking to support the community, he found his way through agriculture. With the support of a foundation, he opened an agriculture school for food sovereignty. Cacao was a surplus for the community to make an income. The project focus on uniting the community between ancestral practices and the influence of the church. The nawales and Mayan history is represented through arts and educational material. Most farming communities continued to practices Mayan rituals inside their farming activities.
Thank you Cahabon Farm!
Make a Donation
Give Back to farmer is an opportunity to value and recognize the hard work of farming communities. This donation will go into a community project co-created with Cahabon Origin farmers to support a social or environmental cause in the community. At the end of each year, we will be meeting the farmers with the total donation to decide the project to be fund.