This farm, whose name reflects what its owner Juan Pablo Ruiz initially saw in it, has grown from 9.6 hectares of pastureland to a national reference farm with three organic certification seals for coffee and cocoa. What elements triggered this transformation? Join us on this guided written tour to his farm in Nicaragua.
In addition to coffee and cocoa, Ruiz's farm, located in the department of Matagalpa, 213 kilometres north of the capital Managua, produces basic grains, mango and rambutan. It also harbours a poultry farm and has plantations of royal cedar, mahogany and coyote (scientific name "platymiscium pinnatum").
The transformation of the farm is due to the 39 pilot cocoa plots under agroforestry systems that Rikolto has facilitated with the project Knowledge Management of the Cocoa Value Chain in Central America implemented in Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua from July 2019, with funds from the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency (SDC).