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Our coconut oil comes from Tanna Island, Vanuatu, where coconuts grow on family farms at the edge of the sea and the foot of a live volcano. They thrive in the rich soils, ocean breezes, abundant sunshine and tropical rainfall of this Pacific paradise, then crack to the ground when nature deems they’re ready.

Local farmers and their families gather the coconuts and husk them using sharp spikes of wood or metal called kakers, before sending them to our small factory at Lenakel, on Tanna’s west coast. There our factory staff grate the flesh, then dry and press it by hand, to create our extra virgin coconut oil. It takes time to produce, so we package our coconut oil with enormous care to ensure you enjoy an unadulterated taste of the Pacific.

Our coconut oil is 100% natural, 100% handmade, and created with a 100% renewable energy source – The DME ( Direct Micro Expelling ) process we follow uses coconut shell and husk as fuel so that nothing goes to waste. We are in the process of earning organic certification with Biogro NZ. Our coconut oil is currently ‘in-conversion’ to becoming certified organic with a path laid for our peanut growers to become certified also.

That’s good news for you and for the environment, and good news for the people of Tanna. Other forms of coconut oil production can see old coconuts taken far from their plantations to be processed with chemicals or high heat, without local employment. Our coconuts are processed on the island they were grown on, with local people given sustainable employment in our small factory. We teach skills and empower communities to determine their own future.
To learn more about our natural process, and some of the alternatives.  

We could talk all day about our coconut oil and the wonderful ways we use it, but just because it’s our firstborn, doesn’t mean we have favourites.

We also adore our luxurious coconut soap, which is made by hand using our coconut oil, then wrapped in brown paper to bring our island to your bathroom.

And as for our peanuts – which are cooked in coconut oil and roasted to perfect crunchiness – what’s not to love? They’re 100% natural and 100% addictive, and we seriously cannot produce enough of them.

All of our products are naturally organic in the best possible way – agrochemicals have never had a place on Tanna and, if we have anything to do with it, they never will. Because who needs chemicals when a live volcano provides lush and fertile soil, the climate is a perfect blend of sun, rain and breeze, and your products are imbued with the taste of a Pacific Paradise?

When you buy Tanna Farms Cold Pressed Naturally Organic Coconut Oil, you’re helping yourself, with a lovingly made oil we believe will transform your food and your skin – Check out our blog to see how it can add creaminess to your smoothies, flavour and moisten your muffins, create fantastic stir fries and provide a perfect (and perfectly natural) moisturiser, face scrub and makeup remover.

Your purchase is also helping isolated communities of Tanna Island, which earn much-needed money through their coconut plantations. Many of those plantations were abandoned to weeds after the market for Tanna Island copra dried up in the 1980s, and we pride ourselves on helping revitalise a vital industry. “It encourages the community not to just rely on their old coconut trees, but to start planting new ones,” says grower Loughman Charlie.

Tanna Farms business partner Ben Kaurua says the ‘Vanuatu – New Zealand’ partnership of Tanna Farms is taking his island’s coconut oil to the world. “We’re building a bridge from Tanna Island to Port Vila, New Zealand and Australia. And it’s changing lives.”

Since the devastation of Cyclone Pam, which smashed Tanna in March 2015, we have maintained our commitment and support to the island’s communities. We have also expanded our product range, to create a new income stream for farmers through peanut crops. We’ve supplied free seed, so landowners can plant Tanna’s fantastic red peanuts, and have committed to buying their dried peanuts when they’re harvested.

“We’re not about giving handouts,” says partner Jono Bushell. “We’re about teaching skills and empowering communities to create their own sustainable styles.

See www.tannafarms.com.vu for more details

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