Comments Off on 202. CAFE Livelihoods draws to a close
Today, the CAFE Livelihoods project that I have been working on in one capacity or another since late 2007 draws to a close. As we prepare the final project report in the coming weeks, I will share some of the more notable project outcomes here. Meantime, I want to thank everyone who contributed to the […]
Comments Off on 143. Santa Adelaida – Sustainability pioneers
Santa Adelaida has been committed to principles of environmental sustainability since it began growing shade coffee in 1980. So when a local NGO suggested in 1992 that the organization’s members begin farming organically, it was a vision closely aligned with Santa Adelaida’s own. That year, its members began the transition to organic farming practices with […]
Comments Off on 140. El Salto – Taking a leap forward
The El Salto cooperative in El Salvador is named for a dramatic waterfall – or “salto de agua” – just a short distance from its offices that sends water tumbling more than 60 meters over a sheer rock face. It is one of five waterfalls on the farm that the cooperative’s members manage collectively, so […]
Comments Off on 133. MICHIZA – Making sure its past has a future
For MICHIZA’s 730 members — indigenous smallholders whose families have been farming coffee for generations — massive renovation is the best way to ensure that their past has a future.
Comments Off on 131. Las Cruces – Making a name for itself
The Las Cruces cooperative has been farming 190 acres of shade coffee in El Salvador’s premiere origin for over 30 years, but is only now beginning to make a name for itself in the specialty coffee industry. We are pleased to help the cooperative introduce itself here.