Dajabón, Dominican Republic
Hacienda Noelia is an agroforestry development project tucked in the northwestern corner of Dominican Republic near the border of Haiti.
Far from the traditional cacao production region of San Francisco, this former cattle farm land was abandoned for many years. In the early 2000s the De la Rosa family noticed an opportunity to develop it for cacao production. The project has been a major success for both quality cacao production and the creation of employment opportunities for local residents.
Today the Hacienda produces Hispaniola cacao beans, practicing purely organic growing methods (although they are yet to obtain an official organic certification). The land in Dajabón, near the Haitian border, has since seen a resurgence from this development project. The De la Rosa family is excited about the further development of previously neglected land in the region and employment opportunities it represents for local Dominicans and Haitians.
VARIETY / TYPE:
Sun dried on wood trays
March – July
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Naked Revenue Sharing Opportunity:
The De la Rosa family and Naked Cacao have decided to apply all revenue sharing funds from this origin to the improvement of local infrastructure projects in the Dajabón community. We have recognized a need for improved water ducts in the area and will be working with local community members throughout the development of this project.