Chia is the product that evolved our company from Mayorga Coffee to Mayorga Organics.   It is the product that made us realize that supporting coffee farmers means supporting their diversification.  This chia has changed our farmers’ lives and it has depend our commitment to our farmers, the environment, and our customers ability to purchase healthy, high-quality organic products.

2013 was a very tough on coffee farmers because of a leaf-rust called “roya”. This relentless disease decimated over 50% of organic coffee crops throughout Latin America.  This meant that small farmers lost their ability to have income, making it a challenge to provide for their families.

chia-bag-shotRather than sit idly by, we worked with the farmers and identified the best products that they could grow on the unused portions of their organic farms.  Our agronomists identified chia as an ideal product, so we went to work.  We advanced our coffee farmers 100% of the funds required to plant and harvest the chia, and provided them with agronomists to help along the way.

We took 6 trips to Nicaragua to oversee chia cultivation–all the way from planting to the shipping out of the country.

Our commitment to small farmers through chia remains the same.  Our organic chia is grown by small farmers that depend on it for additional income to feed their families. It is planted, maintained, and harvested by hand and with love and consideration for the environment and our customers.

You’ll also notice that our chia seeds are dark in color and uniform.  That’s because Mayorga always ensures that the products we cultivate and sell are of the highest quality possible.

By purchasing Mayorga chia, you are a vital and appreciated part of a project providing income for farmers and their families. Thank you!

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