Hardship and risk are its companions, but the effort is charged by a passion for the food that is the fruit of the labor.
 
The individuals who choose small-scale farming as their life’s path are making an immense contribution to the world. The good care they take protects the planet for future generations, while their handcrafted products supply food abundant in flavor and nutrition. As expressions of the land in all its variation, their products enrich lives with the delight of discovery and celebration.

 

Growers in Spain felt pressure to abandon the fragile and rare Marcona in favor of less difficult and less flavorful almond varieties. With the application of ancestral knowledge and great sensitivity for their home, they are rejuvenating the native nut and local economies.
 

But growers’ efforts are truly sustainable only if they have a livelihood and are able to earn a fair wage. Their products must reach markets. Their food must be valued. Appreciated. Understood. Their contribution toward sustainability can also have even more impact, and the solutions to the challenges they face can become even more finely tuned. We are diligent in making these things happen. For both people and plants to thrive at the source in all their magnificent variety, everyone has a role. We all share responsibility for shepherding the environment into the future intact. Even for consumers, the possibilities for taking good care of the land are immense. Placing value on people and the products where it is due—rather than disregarding either of them due to expense or lack of awareness—is a crucial step.

Candor’s purpose is to connect us all to source, to enable abiding respect for origin, for growing and production. To connect people to each other, to the land and to food.

 
 

...Authenticity is a measure of the hard work and diligence we put in because we believe in what we do. Because we realize this is something good for people. It is important. You can recognize our heritage and culture. As children, we learned from watching our parents—they taught us how to tend the land. Now we look at it as more of a passion rather than just work. It is a way of life. Christina Barco
Olive Grower, Il Gelsomino, Tuscany