We have some great workers here at Rancho Gordo from Napa Valley Support Services. They help with the bean weighing, bagging and general production. The program also has an arts project, the Brown Street Gallery, and for our opening a few weeks ago, they produced this amazing portrait of Our Lady of Guadalupe using Rancho Gordo beans!
You could have knocked me over with a feather when I saw it. It's just beautiful and it's impossible not to appreciate how many hours of work went into it.
It's going to the frame shop next week so it'll be out of commission for part of January but I hope you come by and see it in person sooner than later. We've learned that florescent lights and UV rays make the beans darker so the sooner we get this into a protected frame, the better!