Big Tree Farms
From all things coconut, to working to build sustainable livelihoods for their farmer partners, to being good stewards of ecology, Big Tree Farms is a champion for a brighter future in food and it's an ethos that starts right at the top.
Ben Ripple, one of the founders, had set a foundation of six long years in sustainable agriculture on his small Balinese farm but, in 2006 things quickly began to evolve towards the company as it is today, when Big Tree Farms started to work with a small group of cacao farmers on Western Bali. The goal was to create more transparent market access for these farmers, by helping add value to their cacao and selling to the global premium chocolate market.
It was pure serendipity that Ben was introduced to Frederick Schilling, the founder of Dagoba, an innovator in gourmet and organic chocolate. With Frederick's expertise, and a lot of hard work, the cacao program flourished and became the global model for a transparent sustainable cacao program. The next question was, "how can we add more value to the cacao and not just sell the bulk beans?" The answer was clear, their marvelous beans transformed into deliciously responsible chocolate products.
The vision to build a chocolate factory quickly expanded into building the most sustainable and extraordinary chocolate factory possible and on November 11th, 2011, Big Tree Farms opened their newly constructed chocolate factory, built entirely out of bamboo.
All the while, the focus on expanding their organic coconut supply chain never slowed. In 2008, what was a supply chain built on 350 farmers, has now blossomed into the world's largest and most sustainable coconut supply chain, impacting over 14,000 organic farmers.
Big Tree Farms now operates, along with it's bamboo chocolate factory, 2 factories dedicated to coconut, all focused on creating world-class products, sourced with the highest ethical and social standards.
Big Tree Farms is surrounded with like-minded individuals, all seeking to inspire and make the world a better place. By preparing food with the ingredients we make, pushing the limits of physical strength through sport and yoga, practicing and preserving the sustainable teachings of old or preserving and restoring the environment, our community is a collective that shines with vitality that we are grateful to take part in. "No man is an island" and "It takes a village" are core beliefs at Big Tree Farms. Through daily conscious actions founded on these beliefs; the Big Tree Community is helping make the world a better place one kind act at a time.