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High Andes Grain Traders is a trading company dedicated to importing wholesome grains and cereals from the Bolivian highlands and foothills. We have two sister farms that supply us, Saucini, located in Cochabamba, at 8,600 feet above sea level and DF&R, located in the tropical lowlands of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, on the eastern foothills of the Andes. These farms supply us with a variety of cereals but primarily chia, sesame and sunflower seeds, as well as mung and other beans. HANG Traders imports these products into a local warehouse, saving our clients all the delay, expense and paperwork required to bring these products into the U.S.
A New Concept – For years the markets have grouped suppliers as either “small, organic and sustainable” or “large, conventional and Big Agriculture”. High Andes and its sister farms want to prove that large, well-managed farm operations actually bring together the productive efficiency and dependability of “Big Agriculture” with the wholesomeness and sustainability of small farms.
Having heard of the excellence of Bolivian farmland, a wave of Brazilian immigrants came to Bolivia in the 1990’s. These farmers were amazed by the region’s soil fertility and productivity. DF&R manages these bountiful resources to secure reliable crops of wholesome chia, sesame seed and sunflower seed.
DF&R’s farms balance the use of modern machinery with minimum farm input use to ensure bountiful and healthy crops. This is one of the farm’s seven center pivot irrigation systems that irrigate 700 hectares of carefully managed crops.
DF&R uses top-of-the-line combines to harvest its crops efficiently. However in an effort to minimize the use of farm inputs on the crops, our managers avoid using desiccants to dry the crop for harvest. This is one of many ways we maintain our products pesticide-free.
It’s estimated that amaranth was first domesticated 6,000 to 8,000 years ago. Amaranth is thought to have supplied up to 80% of the caloric consumption to the ancient Aztecs who called it huauhtli. Due to its nutritional importance, amaranth was also used by the Aztecs to prepare ritual drinks and foods, including a statue of their primary god that was eaten at the end of the ceremonial period. After the Spanish conquest, cultivation of amaranth was outlawed, while some of the festivities were subsumed into the Christmas celebration.
Chia seed is native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. Registries from 16th-century Spanish colonists provide evidence that it was cultivated by the Aztec in pre-Columbian times and economic historians consider it was equal to maize as a food crop and one of the primary food sources upon which the Aztec empire was built. We pack in 55 lb bags.
The earliest findings regarding lupini beans come from the Egyptian Pharaohs (over 2,000 years BCE) when Lupini seeds, already domesticated by then, were discovered in Egyptian tombs. Lupini beans then became popular with the Greeks and subsequently the Romans, who used the beans as a staple for their legions and spread their cultivation throughout the Roman Empire. Few superfoods can claim to have fed some of the world’s most successful warriors!
Sunflower seeds are originally from the southWestern U.S. and Mexico, where the crop was cultivated between 2600 and 2300 B.C. It is one of four plants known to have been domesticated in the eastern continental United States. As many plants farmed by ancient people, calcium-rich sunflower seeds were used by the early American Indians for both nourishment and health. We pack in 55 lb bags.
The cultivated variety of sesame seed is thought to have originated in India. It is considered to be the oldest oilseed crop known to humanity and is mentioned in ancient Egyptian records. It was a highly prized oil crop of Babylon and Assyria at least 4,000 years ago and was used for nourishment, as a raw material for medicines and for exotic perfumes. We pack in 55 lb bags.
Quinoa is an Andean plant that originated in high-plateau region of Peru and Bolivia. Historical evidence indicates that it might have been domesticated between 3,000 and 5,000 years BCE. There are archeological discoveries of quinoa in tombs of Bolivia, Chile and Peru. It has been an important staple in the Andean cultures where it was called "mother of all grains”. We pack in 55 lb bags.