Finca El Cascajal
Finca El Cascajal is located in Aldea San Nicolas, the Municipality of Esquipulas, Chiquimula department, in eastern Guatemala, Central America, 8 kilometers from the county seat and 230 of the capital of the Republic of Guatemala.
Founded in 1.992 by Don Francisco Amadeo Palencia Rivas, the farm has 630 apples with coffee plantations and 500 acres of forest inhabited by 176 species of birds and 112 species of orchids, including Ornithocephalus cascajalensis Archila, discovered in 2,011 by the Botanical Fredi Archila Morales.
The environmental management model farm is based on innovation constantly to achieve a production of coffee with the highest standards of quality targeted a highly demanding market, but in harmony with the environment and committed to the conservation of flora and local fauna.
The farm also functions as a corridor extension and transfer of agricultural technology, both for farmers in the area or region to rural development programs, organizations and governmental and non-governmental institutions.
/2/ GENERAL INFORMATION
|Total area||1.622.50 Acres = 665 = 950 hectares apples|
|Coffee cultivated area||550 hectares = 785 blocks|
|Average annual production||37.000 quintals. Parchment|
|Yield per month||48 quintals dry parchment|
|Cultivars||Catuaí (Caturra, Bourbon Pacamara)|
|Production System||Coffee under shade, 90% of planting occurs under the shade of ingas, muses, cuernavaca, torreliana, native species such as sweetgum, pine, oak, bamboo|
Minimal use of agrochemicals under systems of social, environmental and BPA’s responsibility.
/3/ CONSERVATION AREA
|Coordinates||North Latitude West Longitude 89º23’05” 14º32’15” and 225 hectares = 320 apples|
|Life zones||Subtropical humid forest temperate, subtropical wet forest|
|Height||1200 – 1600 meters above sea level|
|Type of coffee||Strictly Hard Bean (SHB)|