Long before joining the Jacobs Farm Del Cabo family many of the families in the Tepentu region struggled to make ends meet. They sold livestock and charcoal. The charcoal was made from local vegetation, mainly mesquite trees, which took a toll on the local habitat.
Today, Tepentu has grown tremendously and continues to grow to every year. They cultivate tomatoes, squash, cucumber, and basil and now employ 60 permanent employees and up to 200 seasonal employees from local communities. The Sociedad de Solidaridad has an elected leadership team, specialized tasks are shared across ranches, and revenue is shared. Important farm management activities such as fertilization and food safety are handled by a single designated team.
“Organic agriculture has been a huge benefit for us and the community, especially with regard to maintaining and improving our community, soil fertility, and biological activity. This organic farming culture that we live every day is one we want to continue to live for generations to come.”