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Fazenda Leolinda

Fazenda is Portuguese for “estate,” and in Brazil, dedicated cacao estates tend to be quite large— Fazenda Leolinda is no exception. Located in the Uruçuca municipality, in the south of Bahia province, the 700 hectare estate is run by owner João Tavares, a third-generation farmer. Tavares conserves roughly 200 hectare of wild native forest, with fully half of his property maintained in the traditional Brazilian style of cabruca, most comparable to the concept of agroforestry. This means that crops are grown in complementary layers which naturally maintain balance in the soil & ecosystem and create year round income for farmers. Although the team doesn’t use their award-winning cacao to craft any chocolate of their own, it continues to be used by many chocolate makers in Brazil and around the world.

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