July 11th, 2022. Today we have great news! After exactly one year our first crop of banana is being collected. Rafael and Liuba are ecstatic happy and they feel proud, with good reason, to see the product of a year of hard work, dedication and extra love is certainly a reason to celebrate.
They want to say thank you to everyone involved in this process: To our sponsors for they trust and for financially backing the project, to our neighbor for guiding us with technical advice, to Truffelinos for facilitating this process, to our family for the lending us the lot in which we are working and to the Federación Colombiana de Cacaoteros for their technical assistance. And last but not least to nature itself for providing the sun, the water and the soil much needed for our production.
In the pictures you can see the very first banana bunch.
Every Saturday the siblings go to a farmers market in nearby Fusagasuga to sale their produce. The income from this banana means an extra benefit for the family from the project and will also provide part of the founding to sustain the cacao production.
Cacao trees are also growing strong and healthy. Back in March 2022, we planted the first trees and in this set of pictures we can witness how big they are now, between 50 and 90 cm tall.
Liuba is standing by three different trees. They do not all grow at the same rate, but we are getting closer to the day we can graft them with the selected variety of cacao, that at end end will be the producing one.
Trees on the field are organized in a grid format. Each groove is noted with a number and each tree has a letter. This is done so during the process the production and health of each tree is traceable and easy to control. So in the pictures to the right we can see L1-2A, L1 – 3A and L1 – 4B.