Monday, December 21, 2015

Our Local Gift Shop

If you're in Grenada and looking for a special gift,
stop by our beautiful gift shop in Victoria, St. Mark's.

We've got unique paintings by local artists...

Beautiful crafts by the members of our cooperative...

And exquisite Jouvay chocolate.
Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Rainy Days in Grenada

 On rainy days, the workers from our model organic cocoa farm help out with the crafts.
Here are Kelwin (our farm manager), Kimon, and Ericson.

They're making stars from recycled cans.
Cookies courtesy of Doko.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

CFFI Enters A New Partnership with Grenada's Vanilla Expert

Here is Sherwyn, our local vanilla expert. 

He arrived with a team of farmers to help us plant vanilla,
both on our model organic cocoa farm
and along the route of Jouvay Chocolate's free farm and factory tour. 

Vanilla is actually a vine, a distant relative of the orchid. 
Vanilla is not easy to grow.
It has to be hand-pollinated.

 The root end has to be carefully exposed.

But it is a lucrative crop, well-suited to growing conditions in Grenada.
Some cocoa growers may want to add it to their farms.

Our thanks to Sherwyn and his team!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Welcome to the Newest Member of our Women's Crafts Coopertive

Meet Malissia Mitchell, the newest member of CFFI's Crafts Cooperative. Malissia lives with her mother and her two beautiful sons. Her dream is to get her own home for herself and her boys. She's off to a great start at the Crafts Co-op, doing beautiful work and generously sharing her optimistic spirit!