Peter Piper Pepper
Peter Piper Pepper offers Fairtrade Canada certified spices and soy sauce. Sourced from partnerships with farmer's co-ops in India and Thailand.
Our spices and soy sauce are certified by Fairtrade Canada, what does this mean?
It means that they were purchased at a fair price from a cooperative owned by the farmers, ensuring the farmers get full benefit from their produce. In addition to the price, a premium was paid to the cooperative and is invested by the farmers in social, environmental and economic development projects.
Being Fairtrade, our soy beans and rice are grown on small family owned farms. Our farmers are providing for their family with only a few acres of farmland. This image shows soy beans being planted in Thailand at one of our farms. The hole receiving the seed is made with a wood stick. With two beans deposited in each hole, a simple straw broom will be used to cover the hole enough to prevent birds from eating the seed, but not enough to prevent rain from getting to the seed.
Our farms use little mechanization. The planting and harvesting is done by hand. The ploughing has been modernized to use a small engine driven machine. The picture was taken in Thailand, the tractor was on the side of the field, as it was in the middle of the rainy season, the fields flush with growing rice.
In Thailand, rice is grown during the rainy season and harvested late November/early December. Soy is planted after the rice harvest, during the "dry" season. When it rains, it's tropical rain, and cover is needed. This "lunchroom" is on the corner of a farmer's field, it provides shelter during the rain, and a place to have lunch protected from the sun.
Our Fairtrade Organic Nutmeg is grown in India. Most of our spices are grown in a "jungle" format. It's mixed crop organic farming, and many of the plants are vines or trees. Pepper is a vine, nutmeg and cloves grow on a tree, for example. It's actually quite pleasant, out of the sun, temperature is perfect. Warm but not hot. Harvesting individual crops is staggered, mostly for the first half of the year, maintenance is done the rest of the year.
Fairtrade Organic ginger is also grown in India. The ginger is being grown in a small field just outside the "jungle" like area. Our average farm size in India is just over 3 acres. The largest farm is about 5 acres, the smallest is half an acre. It's not much land, but every inch is used. There are often a couple of cows, chickens, a turkey or two. Many of the farms are mixed in with National Reserve Land, upon which wild elephants are a protected species. The elephants do not distinguish between "reserve land" and our farm land. And, yes, if a farmer has a run in with an elephant, it's covered by healthcare!