Earlier this month we donated our cacao husks for composting to Garretson Forge and Farms, a historical home and farm in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. We invited their team over to enjoy a tour of our atelier as well as a dark chocolate tasting.
As a result, our team was invited to the farm to learn all about the Garretson family and their heritage. Celebrating their 300th anniversary this year, the farm is maintained by a group of professional gardeners, where they still harvest the same crops and medicinal herbs grown in the area since the 1700s.
We were able to see how they incorporated our cacao husks as part of their composts. When the gardeners poured the husks for mulching, a wonderful smell of cocoa filled the air. It was very gratifying to see how making chocolate can lead us to collaborate with different communities for sustainable practices.