Experimental Sustainable Farming at Rancho El Río
At our 112-acre experimental integrated farm, learning about how to grow safe, delicious, and nutritious food brings together families and community members with an appreciation for the sustaining power of the foods we eat. By choosing to produce and eat organic food, we actively exclude foods laden with chemicals that make ourselves, our land, and our water unhealthy. We strongly believe in humane animal husbandry, and strive to ensure the health and happiness of the animals on our farm.
What We Grow
Alternative Food Sources: Cashew Burgers
Our cashew apple burger project provides alternative environmentally-friendly livelihood opportunities for farmers, employment for women, and reforestation of pastureland. By processing the cashew apple into a vegan burger patty, we encourage farmers to reforest their farmlands, reduce cattle-ranching, and encourage the reduction of meat-consumption.
We buy the cashew fruit in March/April with the harvest, and employ local women to process the fruit to create our hommemade vegan patties. These "tortas de marañón" (cashew burgers) are a delicious combination of cashew apple fruit, beans, onion, flaxseed, and a variety of spices. We serve these burgers for lunch at the Saturday Feria de Guacimal, and to visiting student groups and tourists.