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Tahini is a staple ingredient in many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes, but do you know just how far the sesame seed travels to bring you its delicious butter flavor? From the farms of Nicaragua all the way to your kitchen counter, Once Again Nut Butter proves we can nourish ourselves and promote a better world simultaneously.
It all started over 20 years ago when Once Again began working with the Jubilee House Community, a charity expanding sustainable organic farming in Nicaragua. In a cooperative effort between worker-owners in Nunda, New York and worker-owners in rural Nicaragua, sesame seeds were planted on a four-acre test plot in 1995.
The crop and co-ops have grown tremendously ever since. Today, sales from Once Again sesame seed tahini help to sustain 11 separate Nicaraguan co-ops. Within each co-op are more than 100 farms supporting 2,000 families!
Your socially conscious grocery dollar doesn’t stop there. Since the climate in Nicaragua allows three growing seasons, an organic cotton crop grows between sesame rotations. Once Again provided the equipment for Jubilee House to develop a sewing cooperative based on this cotton. Talk about resourceful!
Employee owned since 1978, Once Again Nut Butter spreads integrity on thick.
It has worked to develop and support fair trade small organic co-ops and farms, as well as educational, medical and employment programs in Nicaragua. Their annual donations spread beyond Nicaragua to provide assistance to impoverished Americans, disaster victims, and community support efforts, too.
Next time you taste the tahini, you can be confident your socially conscious purchase is supporting good causes and fair practices all around the world.