During the 1960’s and early 70’s, the “Camocim” and “Atalaia” Farms, under the ownership and supervision of Sr. Olivar Fontenelle de Araújo, commenced the activity of protecting the forests remainders by introducing exotic plans such as Pinnus Elliottii and Eucaliptus, as well as a small experiment with Jacaranda and a water reservoir: an early prelude to the current activities.
During the 80’s and 90’s, as a result of the homogeneous forest management and responsible harvest of wood products, the native sub-thicket, the water resources and the wild life improved and increased.
In 1999, preserving and advancing the pioneering spirit of his 92 year old grandfather, Sr. Henrique Sloper Araújo, introduced the organic coffee culture to the plantation, and specifically into the more suitable hillsides for this activity.
The coffee has been cultivated in areas of approximately 123.5 acres (50 hectares) where cutting of the Pinus species occurred, and where a great diversity of plant species remains. Initially, the planting occurred in holes (cavadeira) and “covetas” (minimum culture). Currently, the planting occurs on the terraced hillside amongst the natural vegetation.
The handling of the plant species is done through pruning, placing the leaves and thin branches on the coffee line, getting protection from the soil and the surrounding forest and increasing the organic material.
The organic project of handling the coffee culture within the natural forest and vegetation (agrosylviculture) is to become a model for future coffee production in Brasil.
Overseer Argenta Joăo – report number 01.2001