Since we kick-started our Nativo Project in November 2017 together with over 1000 chocolate lovers who supported our crowdfunding campaign, many things have happened on the ground in Peru …
200 Nativo trees planted
We planted 200 young cacao Nativo trees on the farms of our communities Pucallpillo and Santa Rosa in the name of our campaign backers who have chosen the tree as a special reward for their support. Every supporter has received the exact coordinates of his or her tree and knows that it grows on the field of Oswaldo, Pasiona, Lindley, Alicia etc… In 2,5 to 3 years these trees will already bear their first fruits!
Digging for gold in the Alto Huayabamba
By gold we obviously mean our cacaos Nativos! Since the beginning of this year, a researcher from the University UniLaSalle, Matéo Cosnefroy, has conducted a first analysis of all the local cacao trees on the farms of our co-founders in Peru. His results are now summed up in our «Nativo Project Catalogue» that gives us a full overview of all the local trees on the farms. This catalogue is the basis for further research of these varieties.
We are also proud to partner with two international expert organizations on this project: the Centro de Innovación del Cacao (CIC) and Bioversity. Together we will analyze the genetics of the precious local cacaos of the Alto Huayabamba Valley and discover the true «Nativos» among them. We will also understand how their unique characteristics and resources can be preserved and valorized for farmers and chocolate lovers.
Exciting things ahead!
One of the biggest achievements of the Nativo Project so far has for sure been the creation of our Nativo Collection N°2 last November! A milestone that we could not have reached without you, dear chocolate lover! Thank you for your support!
So, what’s next? As we advanced greatly with the project in the last few months, we are highly excited to soon present to you the 3rd edition of the Nativo Collection, the Nativo Collection N°3!