October 29, 2016

Segundo lives on the neighboring property on the other side of our pond. He lives there with his seven family members. From the time Segundo was six years old, he went to school in an adjacent town called Lamas. Most weeks, he would stay with his aunt during the weekda...

March 2, 2015

In February of 2015 we applied for and received a seed grant for building fermentation infrastructure. The key success of the grant was that is served as a major catalyst for over seventy APARMASH members to work together to implement a standardized, and centralized sy...

June 29, 2014

The first meeting began on the steps of the local community hall. Gordon introduced us and began listening. People filed in and the meeting began. 


Señor Leon spoke as the manager of the local bank, Euler and Linda spoke about the importance of control for fr...

June 24, 2014

Ten Days in the Jungle.

On the 24th of June 2014 Gordon and I boarded a flight for Lima, Peru. After spending a night in Lima with Sarah's mother (also named Sarah) we boarded the connecting flight and landed in Tarapoto. We were picked up by señor Leon, who we bought t...

November 1, 2013

In November 2013 Gordon called me and asked if I would like to go into a partnership and buy an 8.5 acre cacao farm in the Alto Mayo region of Shanao Peru. Two months later Gordon's wife Sarah (a Peruvian citizen) became the owner of our first farm. Using Google Maps w...

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