Suely’s Story

Suely began managing 17 years ago, when her husband died. Prior to that, she only performed housework and helped out just a little with the crops and assisting the staff. Her brother helped her in the first two years, but today she manages the five plots, and over 26 hectares (64 acres) belonging to her children which were handed down from their grandparents. In 2010, Suely invested in infrastructure for the property. “I love what I do, and I intend to improve production. The crops are well-cared for here,” she adds. She credits the climate...

Never Lose Heart

When, at an auction, Porthos Mendes Pinto bought Sítio Minori, he knew there was a lot of hard work ahead of him. The property had been abandoned for 15 years, but he didn’t lose heart because he knew the land had potential and he was sure of his own capacity. Porthos acknowledges that the beginning was tough. He had to clean the fields, prepare the soil, plant and wait for two and a half years before seeing the first results; a harsh wait for someone who had invested a lot and was aware of the uncertainties of the land. The first twenty...

Hope for Generations

In 1953, Fioravanti’s inherited this former potato farm from his father. Everything went well until 1967, when their business was in a slump and the Malaguttis needed to find alternatives. “We had been planting potatoes for twenty years and then we couldn’t plant or eat”. Noticing that coffee plants grew vigorously in a neighboring farm, Fioravanti decided to give it a shot. Like someone who asks his neighbor for sugar, he asked for some seeds and got 3L of it. He remembers the beginning and the first results: “We started to plant and...