organic dark chocolate bars
Crayfish Bay Organics
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The project

Adopt a cocoa tree from the farm "Crayfish Bay Organics" in Non-Pareil (Grenada) and receive your harvest in the form of organic dark chocolate bars at home. The Farmer Kim will take care for your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. As the production coming from one cocoa tree is big, the adoption is shared among various people. If you wish to have a bigger share, you may adopt more than once. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

The project

Adopt a cocoa tree from the farm "Crayfish Bay Organics" in Non-Pareil (Grenada) and receive your harvest in the form of organic dark chocolate bars at home. The Farmer Kim will take care for your adoption and take its picture. Also, you will be able to download the adoption certificate and, if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. As the production coming from one cocoa tree is big, the adoption is shared among various people. If you wish to have a bigger share, you may adopt more than once. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: once you receive your harvest and you enjoyed the experience, you may decide to renew and extend the adoption.

What do you adopt?
Adopt a cocoa tree that we cultivate under the Organic Farming regulations of the European Union since 2016. Grenada – Spice Isle and Chocolate-Mecca of the Caribbean. Grenada is one of the few Caribbean Islands with a long history in cocoa. The crop was first introduced in 1714 by the French settlers. Thanks to the mild climate and fertile, volcanic soil, the cocoa trees flourished and the local industry boomed over the years. By 1772 the 344km2 tiny island was the largest exporter of cocoa beans worldwide, exporting 343,400 lbs (156,900 kg) in that year alone. Up until the mid-1990’s, Grenada’s Cocoa Industry was limited to the exportation of the raw beans to the UK, Europe and America. It was the American dropout Mott Green and his vision to improve the lives and livelihoods of the local cocoa farmers that birthed the Tree-to-Bar and Bean-to-Bar industries on the island. Together with Edmond Brown and Doug Browne, the pioneer Mott taught the local farmers to process their beans and make chocolate. Since his pioneering efforts, 4 additional producers have joined the ranks of the Grenadian chocolate-makers fraternity. We at Crayfish Bay Organics are one of them. We cultivate predominantly Trinitario cocoa, a cross between the fine Criollo and the robust Forastero cocoa. Also known as “fine-flavoured cocoa” Trinitarios are known for their mild yet complex aromatic taste profile. Grenada is one of the few cocoa-producing countries worldwide which exclusively produces fine-flavoured Trinitario cocoa. The cocoa trees on our farm are 30 years old on average. “Chocolate on a Shoestring” is how we would describe our chocolate. We do not use industrial machinery to produce our chocolates. Instead we have upcycled cocoa mills, microwaves and vacuum cleaners and have handcrafted most of our equipment ourselves. Our sustainable, environmentally friendly charcoal roaster is especially unique and cannot be found in this form anywhere else in the world. We produce small batches of chocolate – just about 250 bars per day. But this simply means that we can guarantee that care, attention and above all love goes into making each one of our luxury chocolate bars. The productive life of a cocoa tree is around 60 years. For as long as you want to keep it and we can continue taking care of it, you can renew your adoption year after year. If your cocoa tree dies, we will replace it with no additional cost and assuring the delivery of your harvest from other trees. Each cocoa tree is adopted by 2 CrowdFarmers who receive a box with 1.55 kg of organic dark chocolate bars.
What will you receive?
We will send you the box you have chosen in the adoption process. __All About Chocolate__ Small Masterbox: * 8 x __75% Dark Chocolate, vegan__ (50g bars each) * 4 x __75% Dark Chocolate with Coconut Cream, vegan__ (25g bars each) __Chocolate & Cocoa Deluxe__ Large Masterbox: * 10 x __75% Dark Chocolate, vegan__ (50g bars each) * 5 x __75% Dark Chocolate, vegan__ (25g bars each) * 5 x __75% Dark Chocolate with Coconut Cream, vegan__ (25g bars each) * 1 x __75% Dark Couverture, vegan__ (500g bars each) * 2 x __roasted cocoa nibs, vegan__ (150g bags each) Crayfish Bay Organics proudly brings you premium Tree-to-Bar organic dark chocolate and cocoa products from our small farm in Grenada. Only cocoa mass and raw organic cane sugar goes into making our chocolates, so every bit of nature and every touch of love can be tasted in each bar - a complex yet harmoniously balanced dance between roasted nut and wood accents and the jammy fruity notes of plum, grapes and citrus with just the perfect hints of peppery spice in every bite. There is a little bit of everything in our Masterboxes. Treat family or friends to one of our 25g sample bars or create your own praline and chocolate creations with our tempered 75% dark couverture. Or how about our cocoa nibs, which have been roasted to perfection in our charcoal roaster and are ready to use? Sprinkle the cocoa nibs over Muesli, fruit or yogurt or simply enjoy them as a light snack. Our chocolates have a shelf life of 2 years and are best stored at 14-18 °C. We suggest bringing the chocolate to room temperature (around 20-25°C) before tasting, in order for the rich complex aroma profile to perfectly unfold.
When will you receive it?
Please, check the deadline for participating in this project (deadline for adoption) below. As of this date the Farmer will start preparing the orders that are to be shipped. You may select the delivery date of your box as suggested by the Farmer at check-out.
Why should you adopt?
* Learn who produces your food, how and where. Receive your food in a conscious manner. * Buy directly from the farmer. Help to generate wealth and better jobs in the rural areas. * Plan ahead and enable the Farmer to produce on demand. This way we can avoid overproduction and fight food waste. * Reward Farmers who make an effort to use environmentally-friendly packaging and cultivation techniques.
Organic
Cultivation in sparsely populated areas
Farmer 360

How does it work?

Meet the Farmers

Meet the Farmers

Adopt and plan your harvest

Adopt and plan your harvest

Let the Farmer and nature work

Let the Farmer and nature work

Receive your harvest at home

Receive your harvest at home

Adoptions available until the 30/03/2021
Delivery starting on the 26/04/2021

Adopt a cocoa tree

Select a cocoa tree

Choose a cocoa tree

Select your box

Chocolate from Crayfish Bay Organics (small box)
Chocolate from Crayfish Bay Organics (large box)

Delivery country Spain

Final price:

50.68€ / Season

Includes adoption, preparation and shipment of the order.

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BPA-free
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Farmer 360
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Personalized harvest
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Small Farm
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Family Farm
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Kim Russell
Organic farming was inappropriate and had no significance in modern day farming. That was the reason they gave back in 1973, when they expelled me from Farming School. There I was a young lad, observing how the planet was being destroyed by non-organic practices and lifestyles and intuitively knowing what could be done to change the situation. Looking back, not very much has changed since then. My name is Kim Russell. I was born in England and have always lived a nomadic life. Although my family was poor they ensured that I received a good education and grew up well-rounded. I remember working on farms from the young age of 13, harvesting fruits and vegetables and tending to cows, goats and sheep. Despite the efforts and persuasions of my parents I never took to the traditional educational system and had already mentally checked out by the time I entered my teenage years. It was my love for farming that landed me in Farming School as a young lad, until I was expelled for being an advocate for organic farming. I was only 16 at that time. After that I hit the road and for the next 35 years, my life was a kaleidoscope of travels and adventures. I joined a self-sufficient commune on the West coast of Ireland and delved deeply into organic farming, fishing and animal husbandry until venturing off with my family, travelling throughout Europe on the back of a truck working as everything from a cheese maker in the Swiss Alps to a special effects technician in movies, a circus performer and even a scrap metal merchant. As fate would have it, I drifted around South America and the Caribbean in the nineties before settling in Grenada in 2006, where I found Crayfish Bay Estate and with it, the true essence of my life. Together with my wife Lylette and our extended Crayfish Bay Organics family we recovered the entire estate, its ruins and started producing our own chocolate 10 years later. We have found a wealth of happiness and fulfilment along this journey and all of it, the planet gave us for free.
Kim Russell

“Worldwide farms are being taken over by corporates. Worldwide cocoa farmers continue to live in poverty with very little means to sustain themselves and their families. I can’t be part of that system. I support CrowdFarming because it gives farmers control over their lands and the end price of their products. It is an honest, transparent partnership between farmer and end consumer.“

Crayfish Bay Organics
Crayfish Bay Organics
We welcome you dear CrowdFarmers to our farm. We are Kim Russell and Lylette Primell – the hearts behind this life long project. Crayfish Bay Organics is a 200 year old, 7,5 hectare cocoa plantation located in the small coastal village of Non-Pareil, St. Mark. The plantation got its name from the river which flows through it, which up until today is home to wild crayfish. The plantation first belonged to the French settlers on the island from 1650 until the late 1700’s. During that time it was predominantly used to cultivate sugarcane and produced its own rum. Small quantities of cocoa, coffee and short crops for the slaves were also grown. Even today one can still marvel at the remains of the rum distillery, dams, reservoirs and other artefacts dating as far back as the mid 1600’s. From the late 1700’s the British colonizers took over the plantation and started to focus on cocoa instead. By the mid 1800’s Crayfish Bay Estate had been entirely converted into a cocoa plantation. In 2006 we stumbled upon the plantation, which by then had been abandoned and severely damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and Hurricane Emily in 2005 and the rest was simply fate. Our love for organic farming and for nature allowed us to quickly envision what we wanted to create with Crayfish Bay. We have since restored the main plantation house and the old boucans, we have rehabilitated the farm and brought the old cocoa trees back to their original glory. In 2010 we officially gained organic certification from CERES GmbH and are now proud to have made Crayfish Bay Estate into a fully-functioning, organically certified cocoa and Tree-to-Bar chocolate farm. Crayfish Bay Organics is a biologically diverse mixed plantation where nutmeg, several fruit and citrus trees, banana and coconut, just to name a few, all grown in a harmonious symbiose together with our almost 3000 cocoa trees. Monoculture is absolutely tabu. Due to the hilly terrain the majority of our farming is done using traditional, manual techniques such as cutlassing. We practice companion planting with banana and promote the cultivation of leguminous trees which provide a dapple shade for the cocoa and fix nitrogen in the soil. We prune and care for our cocoa trees after every season. After pruning, the branches are heaped up at the base of the trees and left to decompose naturally, creating a natural habitat for beneficial insects and birds. We produce our own compost on the farm from cocoa waste, seaweed, garden trimmings, saw dust, fowl manure and bagasse from the nearby rum factory and use this to fertilize the trees. The only source of water for our trees is rainwater. Organic for us is a holistic ideology. It is not only limited to chemicals, insecticides or pesticides but instead encompasses the way we treat nature, the environment and each other. St. Mark is the poorest parish in Grenada. Out of the almost 300 villagers in Non-Pareil the vast majority are under the age of 40 and an estimated 70% without permanent employment. We run the entire farm together with 2 persons from the village and hire several more for temporary jobs. We have developed our own internal “fairtrade” system with our farm workers. Our workers do not receive a fixed wage. Instead we have given them full control over the entire plantation. They care for the cocoa trees and sell the wet beans to us at the end of each season for a top price. They are allowed to cultivate other crops on the land for their personal use or that of their extended family and friends and even sell them and as such secure an additional source of income when cocoa is not in season. We have all been working together as a team since 2006. We have become a family that looks after the needs of each other. Crayfish Bay Organic Plantation belongs to all of us and we are proud to have given our workers the chance to become independent farmers, who take pride in the land and in their work.
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Technical information
Address
Crayfish Bay Organics, Non-Pareil, GD
Altitude
20 - 150 m
Team
2 women and 2 men
Size
7,5 ha
Cultivation technique
Organic farming
Irrigation
Rain
Location