Over the winter months, we want to share some of our “origin story”. How we became who we are, why we make cider, and the influences on our business model.
In planning these posts, I realized there is an experience that I think about almost every day. Nathan and I lived in Ecuador for a bit; he was doing an internship in sustainable community development and I was doing an internship in anthropology and environmental communications.
We had the opportunity to stay with an Indigenous family in the Andean highlands. They were artisan hat makers and farmers who grew corn.
They had grown-up kids who were around our age at the time, who took us hiking to a volcano crater and to a local festival.
Those were incredible experiences, but the best part was talking to them (in Spanish, a second language for all of us, their first language being Quechua). We talked about being an artisan, growing food, small local business, agriculture, politics, class systems and our favourite movies.
My Spanish is rusty now, but I think about those conversations almost every day; they’ve definitely shaped me and the goals for my life including this business.