Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza ("FAF") has been a coffee plantation since 1850 and has been owned and run by the Barretto family since the early 1900s. Since 2002, Silvia Barretto and her husband, Marcos Croce, have been working on transforming the farm into a model of sustainable organic agriculture, or, demonstrating how agriculture in Brazil can be productive and profitable while providing a happier living environment through the proper use of the land's natural resources.
The principal crop at FAF is organic coffee, grown according to the philosophy that agriculture can be sustainable not only ecologically, but also socially and economically.
Not only coffee is grown and harvested in this manner, we also plant and use the following trees and crops:
- Banana (comercial scale)
- Native Atlantic Rainforest Trees
- Flowering Trees
The objective of the people at FAF is to create a model farm. To show how a rural property can be productive and profitable, but at the same time promote happier living through the proper use of our natural resources.
Our five basic principles taking us towards this goal are:
- Happy People
- Carbon Sequestration
- Agriculture within a Productive Forest
- Producing and Providing Natural Food