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Net Wt. 1oz. (28g) $6.00
15% of this bar's price is donated to REACH Grenada. Founded in 2008, REACH's mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of Grenada's most vulnerable children. REACH Grenada primarily works with children residing in Grenada's institutional homes where many were previously victims of physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse, neglect and abandonment. Their multi-dimensional programs include therapeutic services, mentoring, caregiver training and support, and yoga and meditation.
When I was working with cacao in December 2010, I personally saw the children affected by a 40% unemployment rate, by the lack of agricultural initiatives (besides the Grenada Chocolate Company's organic cacao farm cooperatives), and by the degradation of infrastructure after after the 2004 hurricane. I met a child who, abandoned by his parents, was used as a sex slave. I was moved to donate out of pocket to a friend who was helping at a nearby orphanage. Shortly after my return, my friend Clay Gordon introduced me to Neo Moreton of REACH Grenada. Since then, my heart has yearned to reach out and help them on their mission!
I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to reach out and help this center. I am currently here (June 25th to July 7th) working in the Emergency Shelters and churches that have been converted to orphanages and group homes. But beyond the work I'll do while physically in Grenada, I am excited about the work I'll continue upon my return. I believe the best way to help a country in need is through organic agriculture. I am in support of outsourcing work - but only if that work honors the culture of the people we are working with! Outsourcing technology does not support heritage, while organic agriculture is a powerful way to promote independence, economic health, and pride for their soil, their labor, the product of their soil.
Won't you help me REACH Grenada!?
One of my dearest inspirational friends, Mott Green, started The Grenada Chocolate Company and it is surely one of the most unique companies in the world. I am completely in love with the vibes of Grenada and the simplicity of artisanry in the production of these bars. Grenada Chocolate is harvested, fermented, dried, ground, poured, and packaged here in Grenada - a "Farm to Bar" process that allows for Mott's values to permeate each and every single aspect of the product.
That's no joke - because Mott's values include a kind of integrity and respect for the land and people like none other... completely unpretentious and almost ridiculously idealistic. But you know what, it works. And it gives us reason tho wonder why we think idealism is unrealistic. The beans are some of the best I've ever had in flavor, the farms are 100% certified organic, all processing is done within minutes of where the beans are harvested, the "cottage factory" is solar-powered, the chocolate makers all live within minutes and make a product they are beautifully proud of, and the company is owned by the co-operative of farmers who nurture the theobroma cacao trees and the soil that mothers them and directly reap the true benefits of their hard work to maintain quality and organic certification.
In December '10, I visited my friend Mott Green in Grenada as part of my Raw Integrity Project. The purpose of my visit was to experience first hand the entire process of bringing you chocolate - starting at the farm. I worked side-by-side with the farmhands as we picked cacao pods from the trees, removed the fresh beans from the pods, carted them up and down hills, and dried and fermented the beans. It's at that point that the beams are ready to be processed into bars.
Since Mott's GCC is a model of transparency and integrity, I also had the opportunity to learn about the struggles and triumphs of organic farming; operating a company as a cooperative of farmers that ensures social responsible treatment; and running a chocolate factory on solar energy. We repeated the same process of low heat dehydrating with Mott's beans and machines and I personally measured the temperature of the beans the whole time they were in the roaster to ensure that raw temperature standards were maintained.