Farmers who grow nature.
“I grew up not only learning the difference between yes and no, good and bad, or right and wrong. I grew up barefoot — touching, exploring and feeling the nature around me. I was taught how to plant, grow and harvest not just as an agricultural cycle. I grew nature, and to grow nature means to encourage more of it.Fazenda Varre-Vento is the way I choose to advocate for the ongoing deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. Is has become the manifestation of my desire to imagine a new food system of farming — one that protects, rather than destroys.
One could say that the farming that produces the kind of food we really want to eat depends on the attitude of the farmer. Farmers who grow nature.”
- Leticia Sarmento, Co-Founder and Creative Director
“There's a lot less rainforest in Brazil today. We want to change that.
Here, at Fazenda Varre-Vento, we have been cultivating our cacao trees within the Cabruca system for the last twenty years — a sustainable method where our trees co-exist in perfect harmony with the rainforest. This system protects the springs, flora and fauna that infuse our beans with the flavors of the forest, while preserving the forest’s habitat.
Producing high-quality organic cacao is my passion, beginning with my father’s interest in farming, and something that I now pass along to my daughter. Together, we hope to redefine the idea of what chocolate tastes like by providing exciting and diverse cacao beans from our rainforest to chocolate makers, while supporting the forest’s habitat.
By cultivating a taste for our family’s cacao beans we hope to keep the rainforest alive for generations to come.”
- Raimundo Fontes, Co-Founder and Farmer