Growing and Selling Exotic Fruit Wholesale
At Panoramic Fruit, we grow mangosteen, rambutan, durian, achachairu and longan in commercial quantities. In addition, we grow smaller quantities of abiu, jackfruit, pulasan, peach palm, cupuaçu, langsat, Rollinia, lemon drop mangosteen and many other unusual exotic fruits that may be available to wholesale customers.
A Devastating Storm
Hurricane Maria blew away about half of the producing trees on the farm, and we are looking for help in rebuilding this damaged jewel of a place to its former scale. We see that the different federal and state agencies are struggling to be part of this devastated island's recovery. Our goal, with the help of the GoFundMe site, is to replant, cover payroll, and restore the farm to be a self-sufficient source of food for hundreds of thousands of people once again—both in Puerto Rico and in the lower 48 states of America.
I set up a GoFundMe campaign, and we hope that our very ambitious goal of 5 years and $360,000 US will lift the farm back up and get fruit production back to the levels that make this a self-sustaining operation. The money will go to new trees, farm supplies, and maintenance of the older and newer plantings. We have already started new trees from the seeds in the fruit still being produced on some of the achachairu trees, and that will take at least another 5 or 6 years to produce a new crop. The seeds came from the last 70 or so trees left after Hurricane Maria. We used to have 300 producing achachairu trees.
I cannot see another way to save the farm without outside financial input so I am opening the website to an appeal to any person willing to send money to help. I do not take this step lightly. Quite the opposite—I have found this very hard to do but feel the alternative, losing our people and the farm, is the last thing we want to do. Most of the work of the last quarter of a century is still in place and can be restored.