Healers Expands Partnership with Biolley Farms
Jennifer Long, owner of Biolley Farms, stands in a food forest in Costa Rica.
Healers PetCare Inc., a company specializing in rehab and injury prevention products for pets, and its current Costa Rica-based products partner, Biolley Farms, have teamed up to help save the rain forest.
“Purchasing Healers products now means you are supporting conservation,” said Terri Entler, founder of Healers, which is based in Vancouver, Wash. “You’re also promoting women-owned businesses, and empowering women and other farmers in the region to earn livable wages so they can support their families.”
Biolley Farms not only cultivates organic crops like arabica coffee, black pepper, papaya leaf tea and turmeric, but also provides educational and employment opportunities to farmers in one of the poorest regions of the country, according to company officials. It aims to turn local farms into organic food forests and has turned its focus toward protecting the local rainforest.
The efforts focus on an area next to the largest international protected rainforest in Central America, La Amistad International Park, in a remote, southern region of Costa Rica, according to company officials. The heart of the project is Biolley in Buenos Aires Puntarenas, Costa Rica, on a farm called Finca Lilo.
“Finca Lilo is a model farm, and we’ve regenerated the soil on the property and in the different lots where we’re cultivating,” said Jennifer Long, owner of Biolley Farms. “We’re creating food forests in the rainforest through permaculture and biointensive farming, and recently branched out to bring on five more women farmers … Our goal really is to make sure that the farmer gets the price for the product, which includes the human energy, the resource and profits, above all. This will allow them to continue to farm, cultivate and continue their way of life doing things they’re already familiar with. It won’t force them to sell their land for next to nothing to industrial farmers who are really chomping at the bit to buy up those farms, which will only create more poverty and a worse situation for all of us on the planet.”
Purchasing products from other Biolley farmers who work in alliance with Finca Lilo gives consumers potent natural medicines, keeping users healthy while also giving cultivators much-needed jobs, according to officials.
“By buying our golden paste, our customer is receiving a product that has been tested to be high in curcumin levels and produced in a nonpolluted region with very rich soil,” Entler said. “Healers then shares the profit with the farm, enabling it to reinvest in education, empower women and provide a better quality of life for the farmers.
“We are creating a product roadmap that will use additional ingredients from this region that are excellent for pet health. The more we can buy from Biolley, the greater the profits and the more investment goes into saving the rainforest and the land from industrial development. It also enables a better life for the families in the region. It’s a win-win for everyone.”