There might be plenty of green all around but operating a small farm in the black and not the red is a formidable task.
Challenges abound.The unpredictability of Mother Nature, the recent decrease in water descending into their valley from the Andes Mountains, and the red tape surrounding production and exportation of fruit are annual uncertainties. Chilefarms owners Susaan Straus and Ricardo Ceriani made one small step in the right direction last month.
My friends Susaan Straus and Ricardo Ceriani have been establishing an orange grove on their 50 acre farm in Nogales, Chile for fifteen years. Getting a grip on agronomy and the onerous and byzantine pathway to succeed in exporting from a small farm in Chile to the shores of America has presented a steep and often frustrating learning curve.
I've been watching the process since my first annual visit in 2006.
From here in Nogales, Chile...
Top photos by Paul A. Tamburello, Jr.