Tuesday, June 5, 2018

CFFI Has a New Website--With a New Blog!

We've been working hard on our beautiful new website, and we hope you'll take a minute to check it out! Don't forget to subscribe while you're there. The new site has its own blog, and from now on, that's where all of our news will be posted. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

New Venue for the Annual Ruggles & Hunt Fashion Show Fundraiser

Please join us at the lovely Walpole Inn for this year's fabulous fashion show fundraiser for CFFI!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

The Secret Ingredient in Our Organic Compost

Seaweed is loaded with beneficial minerals and hormones that stimulate plant growth. It's also low in cellulose, so it breaks down easily. Those are just a few of the reasons we add it to CFFI's super-nutrient-rich organic compost.

Here's Deron Georges, one of our farm workers, collecting seaweed for CFFI's compost station.

Our friend "Wedger" came along with his truck.

When we were done, Deron picked some "jellies" (the Grenadian name for young coconuts). After all that hard work in the sun, we needed to replenish our own nutrients!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Living Fences Make Good Neighbors

We've been having lots of unexpected visits from hungry neighbors lately. 

The sheep aren't too bad--they just eat the grass--but the goats help themselves to our vegetables, too. 

On the theory that good fences make good neighbors, we're building a "living fence" along the edge of our farm. Dorise "Doko" Kowalewski, CFFI's current president and jack-of-all-trades, designed the fence.

As the surrounding vegetation grows (which happens really fast here in the tropics), we will weave it into the criss-crossing supports. Et voilá!

Monday, February 26, 2018

CFFI's Annual Exchange with the École hôtelière de Montréal

In January, CFFI once again hosted a group of students and faculty from the École hôtelière de Montréal for a professional and cultural exchange in Grenada.

This year's volunteers from Canada did an outstanding job, learning about how cocoa is grown, harvested, fermented, dried, and made into chocolate.

The learning was definitely hands-on.

As in previous years, the students and staff also shared their expertise with students from Grenada's top culinary school.

Thanks, as always, to François Matthey-Jonais of the École hôtelière and Dorise Kowalewski of CFFI for making the exchange a success!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Growing Cocoa the Natural Way

In our last blog post, we wrote about the importance of growing cocoa in its natural habitat, among flowers, fruit and spice trees. The taller spice trees provide just the right amount of shade for the smaller cocoa trees; the tiny midges that thrive in this environment pollinate the cacao flowers; and the fruit that falls from the other trees decomposes in the soil and lends the cocoa a rich and complex blend of flavors.

On our model organic cocoa farm, we grow all kinds of delicious fruit. Passion fruit grows on vines that climb up other trees and over the trellises we build for them.

Oranges, of course, grow in trees.

Deron Georges, one of CFFI's farmers, has harvested some "figs," as we call them
here in Grenada.

The money that we make selling our fruit helps keep CFFI going, so we can continue supporting local cocoa farmers by providing high-quality seedlings, organic fertilizer, and training in sustainable agriculture.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Abundant Harvest on Our Model Farm

Thanks to all the sustainable farming practices we use on our farm, including grafting, pruning, and amending the soil with our own organic fertilizer, our yield increases every year.

This year our harvest was so abundant that we had to build lots of extra drying trays to keep up. This is Jeffrey "Yellow" Mark, an experienced local farmer who mentors our young cocoa growers.

We had to improvise, but it all worked out.

Like other cocoa farmers in Grenada, we grow our cocoa in among fruit and spice trees. Not only does this arrangement provide a healthy, sustainable ecosystem, it also produces a rich, complex-tasting cocoa, with hints of nutmeg, banana, and all the other fragrant neighboring plants. 

Our model organic cocoa farm is a popular destination for local growers and ecotourists. Come visit us when you're in Grenada. We'll be here 'til the cows come home!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Support CFFI at Christmas Market in Hanover

Get a jump on your holiday shopping
And support CFFI at the annual 
Christmas Market with a Difference 

We'll have fragrant spices from the "Spice Isle"

Jouvay chocolate bars, made with Grenadian cocoa in a farmer-owned factory
Beautiful handmade crafts from CFFI's Women's Crafts Cooperative 
And of course our famous panforte, a rich holiday cake
Made with Grenadian spices and dried fruits

Thursday, November 2, 10-6
Friday, November 3, 10-6
Saturday, November 4, 10-2

Church of Christ at Dartmouth College
40 College Street, Hanover, NH 03755

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Annual Mother's Day Fashion Show to Benefit CFFI

Please join us Monday, May 8th, from 6-8pm for a Spring Fashion Show.
Come see your favorite local characters sporting the latest styles from Ruggles & Hunt!


WIN a Gift Certificate for the Best Decorated Hat or Umbrella!

Buy tickets for a chance to win amazing prizes from 
Johnny Was, Laura Zindel, Velvet, Kut From the Kloth, Cape Clogs and Cut Loose! 

Can’t Come? Make a donation or buy some raffle tickets to support a good cause.
www.CFFIGrenada.org | www.rugglesandhunt.com

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Video from Ecole hoteliere de Montreal

Check out this video our friends from Ecole hoteliere de Montreal put together with the highlights of their trip to Grenada in January. The group was here in to learn about processing cocoa, making chocolate and to work with local culinary students.