In 2005 the Foundation purchased a coffee farm of 10 hectares located near sarchi Costa Rica. The farm had produced conventional coffee for a number of years and there were a few lemon trees, mango trees and orange trees planted near the homes. a few There was also a single avocado tree on the property.
The citrus produced here at our farm is sold to the local market. Juan Carlos Rodriguez purchases the citrus and sells it at the community Growers Market. Our fruit is in competition with citrus grown in warmer regions on larger commercial farms. When we did a comparison their fruit was significantly sweeter than what we were able to produce. After discussing this with other Growers we learned that many farms use a by-product from sugarcane production called Miel de cana, which translates to honey from the sugarcane.