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Guillermo Jacoby’s family has maintained the land at Ostuma Farm in Matagalpa for over a century, tending it with care to ensure that it remains fertile for many years to come despite increasingly severe deforestation in Nicaragua. We’re excited by the steps Jacoby and his sons are now taking to grow the enterprise’s impact — using the farm’s operations not only to bring gourmet produce to market, but to bring jobs (over forty) to the area, needed infrastructure such as roads to the region, and formal training in sustainable agriculture to farmers.

 

What They Do: 

Cultivate high-quality produce for the gourmet market using environmentally-friendly practices and production techniques that guarantee consistent quality. Ostuma’s main customers are local supermarkets, restaurants, and hotels, although they have the goal of becoming the largest Nicaraguan exporter of fresh produce.

Why They Do It:

To capitalize on local demand and export opportunities for high-quality produce. Founder Guillermo Jacoby helped drive innovation in Nicaragua’s horticultural sector. Out of this tradition, Ostuma has succeeded through the implementation of cutting-edge processes and modern technology, which have allowed the company to reach highly productive output levels. A commitment to sustainable farming, as well as to fair treatment of their workers, is core to Ostuma’s operations.

 

How They Make an Impact:

Ostuma Farms’ ecological commitments are embedded in its organic farming techniques. The team’s attention to the community extends beyond concern for the local environment — the farm does not use child labor and it donates surplus production to the elderly and to children’s shelters. When it comes to measuring impact specifically, they track:

  • Square meters of greenhouses
  • Jobs created
  • Percentage of employees who are female

 

Where They’re Heading:

Ostuma’s goal is to extend its international distribution, with a particular eye toward growing the firm’s presence in the US, Panama, and Chile. In time, they’ll also be expanding the crops they harvest to include mushrooms and cabbage.