We work closely together with Rewi and Susana Illsley of Pampastore Mexico, who are helping us with export and handling. They have helped us a great deal to get our organic certification together and reach the European consumer. We have had a few difficult years so we're very happy we can move ahead now, together with Nature & More!
Our farms are located in Michoacán, on the west coast of Mexico, near the city of Uruapan. This region is perfect for growing avocadoes, due to the fertile volcanic soil, the excellent climate and the altitude. People call this region the "world capital of the avocado". We grow our avocados on an altitude of 1200 to 2600 meters. Avocados are fruits that can remain hanging on the tree and does not have to be picked right away; they only start softening and ripening after they are picked. Together with the variation in micro-climates, this means we can produce avocado's nearly all year round!
Only a small percentage of the growers in this region of Mexico is organic, but we are definitely setting an example. Many conventional farmers are starting to see the advantages for their health and environment and are taking over some of our methods. In the near future we hope to grow to a cooperation of 90 organic farms.