Granja Porcón (Porcón Farm) is a true agricultural success story in northern Peru. Located upon verdant fields surrounded by wooded mountains, the farm was the result of the controversial agrarian reforms carried out in Peru between 1969 and 1980. These were made by Peru’s military government, when General Juan Velasco Alvarado expropriated plantations to give the lands to poor rural workers.
Our visit to the farm will take you through its history and its strong focus on collective work, and you’ll also have the chance to do community farming alongside the farmers.
We’ll leave Cajamarca for the scenic drive up to Granja Porcón. The first thing you’ll notice are the vast swathes of forested land that cover many of the hills, encompassing around 10,000 hectares. These were mainly planted for use in the furniture industry, the saplings grown in a greenhouse before being panted outside.
When we arrive at the farm, you might feel like you’re in Switzerland: the landscape is a mix of rolling green fields, dotted with s...