This cacao farm plays a critical role in our cacao farming and processing operation. The farm is located on beautiful rolling hills and was more like the jungle when we acquired it. We have since cleared and planted the entire farm with in-demand cacao varietals. This farm is also where our centralized cacao processing depot is located. All of our wet cacao beans are processed in this facility in a two-week fermentation and drying process, before heading to our chocolate factory only a few miles away. Our cacao sapling nursery is also located on this farm. This is where we sow and grow our cacao saplings before transferring them to the farms.
This four-year-old cacao farm is located in the dense jungle in the area of Na lum Ca and San Jose Area. A large, 21.04-hectare farm, with a high producing climate, our cacao seedling adapted well and now thrive on the hilly slopes under rich timber tree shade. With over fifteen thousand cacao trees now reaching production, this farm will provide a large percentage of our raw cacao for many years to come.
The farm is maintained and cleaned by our Team of passionate local cacao farmers that have been trained in the best practices in cacao farming.
Located in the San Pedro Columbia Area, Flavios Farm is a 12.14-hectare farm that has 8,500 cacao trees, most of which were planted in 2017. It is only a five-minute drive away from the village through an existing farm road, and it spans across flat terrain with a hill on the northern end.
On this farm, we implemented a 12 by 12 feet planting pattern, strategically designed to increase production and reduce the chances of disease. In 2021 we harvested the first ripe cacao pods from this farm and production will steadily increase for the next 25 years.
Also Located in the San Pedro Columbia village area, these two 12.14 hectare farms were the most recent acquisitions by the company. These virgin, never before farmed pieces of land have amazing, lush vegetation, natural water sources, and rich soil, just perfect for producing some of Belize's best fine flavor cacao.