MEET THE FORAGERS
Our foragers have an intimate relationship with the land, sometimes spanning generations. There is a story behind every scoop of vanilla ice cream or finishing sprinkle of cinnamon. Let's meet some of the people responsible for bringing you the best nature has to offer.
Wilhelmus - Vanilla
Wilhelmus is a Field Coordinator of vanilla farmers in Flores. He is responsible for ensuring top quality and the use of sustainable agricultural practices among the 36 farmers under is watch. We are proud to hear Wilhelmus is happy to promote collaboration with Origine. We work hard to foster a culture of transparency, reliability, and trust around fair pricing.
Camille - Forager
Teaching the next generation about the values of sustainable agriculture is an important part of what we do. Camille was pursuing her Masters in tropical agriculture and development when she took an internship opportunity with Origine. We offer our interns the ability to experience cultural immersion to learn about farmers and their needs. Camille conducted interviews with Origine farmers on Flores to understand their socio-economic situation.
Simon - Vanilla
Simon has been farming vanilla for 3 years. He shares that he enjoys working with Origine because through our agricultural training, we support the farmers to improve the quality of the beans they produce. Simon has been sharing these techniques with his friends and fellow farmers to so they can also reap the benefits of producing high-quality vanilla beans.
Pius - Vanilla
Pius has farmed vanilla for seven years alongside areca nuts. He takes special care to use organic fertilizer and tame the surrounding environment to make sure the vanilla vines receive enough light. Pius shares that his collaboration with Origine has been fruitful due to our training on how to improve the quality of beans to ensure great prices for the raw material. He hopes to share the vanilla of his village with the rest of the world.
Tinus - Vanilla
Tinus began vanilla farming in 2016. He uses organic farming practices to improve the quality of his vanilla allowing him to fetch better prices, enriching the lives of his family. With his vanilla income, he is able to afford a new house and send his children to school.
Ola - Vanilla
A vanilla farmer veteran, Ola has tended the thick green vines for 15 years. He walks us through his daily routine of caring for the vines and shares his family of seven with us. Ola has been collaborating with Origine as a Field Coordinator for one year. He hopes to continue to inspire his neighbors to join as vanilla farmers as a profitable source of income for his village.
Ikram - Vanilla
For 5 years Ikram has farmed vanilla and is now an Origine Field Coordinator, leading a group of farmers and friends. Through the Origine agricultural training, Ikram has been able to make a major difference in the quality of his beans. Particularly after learning the benefits of combining local coconut sugar, Gamal leaves, and banana to make organic compost, his beans have increased in size.
Claude - Forager
Claude Bernard, father of Origine founders Francois and Olivier Bernard, shows how a French family came to develop a lasting bond with Indonesia through a shared respect for joy and nature. Claude has joined the Origine team on a new adventure to lead the development of a sustainable plantation and curing facility on Flores to help bring Indonesian vanilla back on the map!
Yohana - Forager
Yohana has studied agriculture, and she joined Origine to implement what she's learned in the community where she came from. Her positive energy and how she interacts with certified foragers is invaluable for the success of our sustainable agriculture projects in Flores. It is important for her to ensure that the foragers are using organic practices to keep the environment safe for themselves and their families.
Field officers like Yohana are the beating heart of ORIGINE.
Boro - Vanilla
Boro lives in the Flores area and tells his memories of vanilla with enthusiasm. As a child, his grandfather often invited him to the garden to help take care of vanilla. Unfortunately, the sweet memories of the 80's were tarnished by the work of the middlemen who deceived farmers.
As a result, vanilla prices fell in 2005. Farmers were uninterested in maintaining vanilla. However, since ORIGINE involvement in the area, vanilla farmers are inspired to care for the delicate orchids once again. ORIGINE strongly supports the application of intercropping farming systems which are very suitable for the Flores region and of social and economic interest to local farmers. With the right system, farmers in the Boro’s community can optimize their production.
Boro, at the top of this page posting for a photo with his typical smile and welcoming nature, explained that his two daughters continue school thanks to the inheritance of his grandfather's vanilla.
Natsir - Cinnamon Farmer
Since 1920, Natsir’s family has farmed cassia cinnamon. His parents taught him that cinnamon is an investment for grandchildren. Natsir explained that in his culture, cinnamon plants must be on the land of families with children. This is because cinnamon is considered as capital when the child is an adult. This tradition aligns with the growing cycles of cinnamon trees which take 15 years to mature for harvest.
In collaboration with ORIGINE, cinnamon farmers like Natsir are committed to preserving their customs for the success of future generations and the preservation of cinnamon production .
Dominggus - Nutmeg Farmer
Dominggus speaks of how important nutmeg is to the development of North Sulawesi, Maluku, and surrounding areas. History records that in the 17th century the price of nutmeg exceeded the price of gold. This fact made European immigrants willing to sail the seas in search of this treasure in Indonesia. Some of his nutmeg trees are over 25 years old and are the main source of income for his family.
Together with ORIGINE, Dominggus and other farmers are committed to producing quality nutmeg while maintaining sustainability.
Paidi - Turmeric Farmer
Paidi was handed down turmeric plots from his family's land. He believes turmeric is not only uniquely suited for cultivation in his community but is beneficial for health. Paidi plants the turmeric rhizomes at the beginning of the rainy season and harvesting is done during the dry season. The dry season is very arid where Paidi lives. Only turmeric and teak plants survive. Since collaborating with ORIGINE, Paidi has felt the benefits of becoming an organic turmeric farmer. In addition to gaining benefits from higher pricing, Paidi is happy to have the opportunity to directly protect and preserve nature.
Yatno - Ginger Farmer
Ginger farmer Yatno was happy to start work with ORIGINE. He explained that previously ginger roots were neglected and left to the wild. As an administrator of an orphanage, Yatno struggled with how to obtain additional income for his foundation. Luckily, we had the opportunity to partner with Yatno. He now uses the foundation's land to cultivate organic ginger. Yatno and the orphans were excited to learn about organic ginger cultivation methods from ORIGINE. We are always on the lookout to support farmers like Yatno whose business has a social impact on the surrounding community.
Eva - Cloves Farmer
The 1970's were the heyday for the cloves of North Sulawesi. Eva relates that the good days ended in the 80’s and 90's due to the government's monopoly policy. During these times, even sending children to school was difficult. Now, the price of cloves has improved again. ORIGINE upholds the principles of fair trade and cultivating lasting relationships in every effort so farmers like Eva can continue to care for clove plants. ORIGINE’s internal standard NFC (Nature, Future, Culture) supports the long-term success of farmers by making it easier for them to develop sustainable agriculture activities in stages.
Sunny - Moringa Farmer
Sunny is a moringa farmer but also an active member of a foundation that supports the empowerment of mothers. She teaches local communities how to cultivate organic vegetables and promotes a healthy diet. Moringa is a local vegetable in her village. It is boiled in soups and considered a dietary supplement. ORIGINE is developing a partnership with the villages to sustainably produce organic moringa in this region of Indonesia where it is best grown.