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Nancy Nadel
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  • Oakland, CA
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The high cost for farmers of organic and fair trade certifications

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mimi Wheeler Feb 7, 2010. 1 Reply

As a chocolate maker working with Jamaican farmers who were interested in organic certification, we were astonished to find out that certification that allows such designation on their/my label costs…Continue


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Nancy Nadel commented on Pierre (Pete) Trinque's blog post Hilliard owners in the US, have you stocked up on your 100w light bulbs yet?
"I have an ACMC which also requires such bulbs.  Last time one went out the only thing close I could find was 95w which works but I don't know if those will become extinct as well."
Jan 4, 2012
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Jul 13, 2011
Nancy Nadel replied to Heidi Ash's discussion Growing trees from Cocoa Seeds.
"but you won't get pods because you need an insect to pollinate."
Mar 28, 2011
Nancy Nadel replied to Jeff Stern's discussion Organic Beans Question
"I have asked around about this as well.  I am working on it now from the customs and ag commission side to find out what is done.  Even there, I am getting the run around."
Mar 28, 2011
Solis Lujan commented on Nancy Nadel's photo


"Those are beautiful boxes."
Dec 19, 2010
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Oct 13, 2010
Nancy Nadel replied to cheebs's discussion Where to find a cacao guillotine? in the group Startup Central
"I bought the magra from Teserba a few years ago and it was about $1000."
Oct 13, 2010
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Oct 13, 2010
Nancy Nadel replied to Mindy Fong's discussion Chocolatiers = Re-melters?
"Alan makes a good point. There are times when I want a bonbon or truffle but there are times when an absolutely plain bar is satisfying, complex, sophisticated and excellent - one is not better or higher level than the other. I make them all and…"
May 20, 2010
Nancy Nadel commented on Clay Gordon's group The Science of Chocolate
"Thanks for the explanation and correction to my guess. Because I am still working another job as well as being a chocolate maker/chocolatier, I don't have much time to study and my guess was from observation from the between harvest times I am…"
Feb 10, 2010
Mimi Wheeler replied to Nancy Nadel's discussion The high cost for farmers of organic and fair trade certifications
"As a small chocolatier, I agree completely. The cost on my end is similar and it's very challenging if you wish to remain small and not take on debt. My little crew (including me) make a modest earning working very hard and there is simply not…"
Feb 7, 2010
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Feb 3, 2010

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Dark, Milk, White?
Most memorable chocolate experience:
learning how to ferment
My favorite chocolate is:
changes all the time but most recently, my 70% Jamaican origin bar with candied tangerine peel

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At 4:48am on January 22, 2010, xinhong liu said…
Hi Nancy,

Wellcome! It's great to have you as a friend. I wish I've have been Jamaica with you to see the real cocoa trees and how where the cocoa pods grow.


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