Fazenda Campo Grande in Ninheira, Minas Gerais is run by Agropecuária Baianeira and produces specialty Natural processed coffees. Agropecuária Baianeira was formed by the dream of two young cousins who spent their childhoods together on their grandparents’ rural farms. They came together to open a coffee farm in 2002 starting from scratch, acquiring 186 hectares with the proceeds from selling a car. They chose the region of northern Minas Gerais, close to the state of Bahia, to start their farm. With one partner from Bahia and another from Minas, the cousins decided to name the company Baianeira, a combination of “Baiana” and “Mineira,” meaning from Bahia and from Minas.
The region on the border of Minas Gerais and Bahia near the Jequitinhonha Valley is home to many famous Brazilian performers and is known as a land of art, but it is also a region of poverty. The cousins did not imagine that, in addition to coffee, they would produce development and improve the quality of life for many collaborators. They learned along the way that coffee would become a social endeavor.
The challenges of starting a crop from scratch while respecting the environment was no easy task. Always acting small and thinking big, each year they overcame the difficulties and expanded the farm’s crops. In 2019, Baianeira welcomed a new partner with the necessary agricultural experience to help the farm achieve its goals more safely.
The greatest motivation for Agropecuaria Baianeira has always been to produce quality coffee with productivity and sustainability. The challenge for the coming years is to enter the specialty coffee market through carefully prepared and selected batches, increasing the region’s natural potential.
Agropecuária Baianeira operates the Campo Grande farm in the Fundo do Campo community in the city of Ninheira. 284 of the farm’s 426 hectares are planted with coffee at elevations between 650 and 910 meters above sea level. The farm is part of the Certifica Minas program.