the labor behind our cups of coffee

If the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil were a country, it would be the largest coffee producing country in the world.  That’s how much coffee is grown in Minas.  Of the 280,000 people involved in the production of coffee in the state in 2009, over 230,000 were farm workers according to the Brazilian Institute …

I met Eliover in July when I visited the farm where he works in Colombia. He has worked in coffee since he was a kid picking coffee during the harvest, cleaning weeds, and recently guiding other workers in this farm during harvest time. When we met we talked about the idea of Fair Trade with …

why I work with farm workers

In my first job out of college, I lived and worked on a banana farm outside of Quevedo, Ecuador, the city where my father grew up.  It was the year of El Niño, and it rained incessantly.  The workers and I spent days and nights ‘fighting’ the rain to ensure the banana trucks could make …

working with independent small farmers in Colombia

“It is excellent. We learn from them, they learn from us, and we solve our questions together” Nancy Garces, a leader of the Las Aradas community and part of the Fair Trade small-scale farmer committee in Nariño, on her experience working with the other communities Close to the Doña Juana volcano in Nariño, Colombia, 100 small-scale …

re-blogged

my last post about flower farm workers in Ecuador just got re-blogged at Triple Pundit. you can check it out here: http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/07/fair-trade-helped-ecuadorian-flower-farmers-sundays/

who knows best what’s best for you?

When I first heard about the washing machines, I thought, “Really?” I  used to hear about so many other ways to spend Fair Trade premium funds….like healthcare programs, scholarships for children, etc…. that it surprised me to hear that the farm workers on this Fair Trade flower farm in Cotopaxi, Ecuador, had chosen to buy washing …