Meet Dora Arellano

Dora Arellano has been managing Predio Dorita since 35 years. Dora is 76 years old and a proud mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Health is the main reason for Dora to farm organically, and she has been certified organic for 5 years . She is very aware of the damage chemicals cause, affecting personal and soil health. Dora uses farm waste, like palm leaves, to fertilize her oil palms. Not only does it help create healthier soil and retain water, it also provides shelter for wildlife. She regularly spots porcupine, possums, armadillo, sloths and ferrets. The Hibiscus she planted as a buffer zone to prevent contamination from the neighboring plantation attracts many hummingbirds. 

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Dora is a happy spirited farmer who also takes great pleasure and pride in the little garden of Eden she created around her house. In her garden Dora nurtures many fruit trees and beautiful flowers.

Meet Wilfrido Marcillas and his daughter Camilla

Wilfrido is the president of the Quevedo Farmers Association. He owns 2 farms that grow oil palm. It is a family business. Wilfrido is the general manager, his wife is president of the business, and their daughter Camilla is the administrative manager.
A farmer his entire life, Wilfrido has gone through many ups and downs working with different crops. He knows that organic farming, regeneration of land and creating better lives for farming communities is the way to lead positive change. 

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“During the green revolution everyone believed that machines and chemicals would take over to boost yields. It did increase yields, but it also created many of the challenges we are facing today. In order to achieve an equilibrium between productivity and taking care of the environment, I needed to move to organic farming”.

Meet Jean Paul Chongqui

Jean Paul is the youngest brother in the family that all manage part of their family business. The Chonqui familly owns five plantations. Jean Paul manages their farm, that spans 265 hectares and employs thirty-nine workers.

JeanPaul is an owner and director of Oil Palm Plantations at Agro Chong-Qui. He is an agronomist focused on sustainable agriculture.

Meet Jason Crespo

Jason Crespo is a third-generation oil palm grower. For him environmental protection is an integral part of his work: “I want to have a positive impact on the ecosystem. Save the rainforest and protect it as a refuge where animals can live in peace.” He was raised with that mentality since childhood: “When my grandparents bought this land, forty years ago, they decided to set aside 40% of the land to protect the rainforest that covers it. I inherited that responsibility.”

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“We people, we depend on the ecosystems that surround us for our survival. I consider it my duty to protect it as best as I can.”

Meet Bosco Rodriguez

Bosco manages a highly integrated and diversified farm. It could be called a model farm when it comes to intercropping. Bosco developed a beautiful mix of palm, cocoa, coffee, plantain, cattle and bee keeping. Bosco started to diversify his farm by growing food for himself and his family first, after suffering from a severe medical condition. Fresh food and especially organic food became very important to him.

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“If a person consumes something natural, he/she needs to know that there is a happy farmer that made it!”

Meet Gerardo Villamarin

Gerardo is a dedicated and innovative organic palm grower. He manages his farm together with his son and daughter Maria Belen. He started his farming 14 years ago. He now manages the oil palm cultivation together with his son Juan Pablo. Maria Belen oversees the cacao cultivation and manages the chocolate brand they launched using the cacao beans they harvest at their own farm.

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“The benefits of collaborating with Palm Done Right is the opportunity that it serves as a platform to showcase the farm as a model organic farm for other farmers to follow.”

Why You Should Get Involved
with Palm Done Right

Palm can be grown for good, bringing benefits to:

  • Our planet, due to palm oil’s land efficiency.
  • Local communities, due to the economic development oil palm production creates.
  • Our market, due to palm oil’s versatility and functionality as an ingredient, lifting product quality and performance.

Together, we can influence change for:

  • Manufacturers that are still using conflict palm oil for their products.
  • Retailers that are still listing products that contain conflict palm oil.
  • Brokers and distributors that are still supplying their customers with products that contain conflict palm oil.
  • Shoppers that have the power to vote with their dollar.

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