“I’ve never lived around farm families before, they are all entrepreneurs”, said Brian Horsley. “My close friend Noe is the best all around farmer/ entrepreneur I have met in Peru. He is our partner in the Nursery, where we grow root stock and Pure Nacional clones from the mother tree for our best farmers”, said Horsley, who is the Godfather of Noe’s sons.

The Chasing Chocolate group visited Noe and his family at their farm. We saw the nursery, planted seedlings, harvested pods, tasted fresh beans, opened and emptied pods and placed the beans in buckets for transporting to the processing facility. Noe’s mother cooked lunch on an open fire while Noe, his father, and sons gave us a tour of an operating cacao farm.