seeing the future in the past

Fabian, a 25 year-old small-scale farmer from southern Colombia, began a two day journey from his village to Portland, OR in the U.S. to attend the Specialty Coffee Association of America conference this past April.  He spent five days in the largest coffee conference in the world meeting with coffee buyers, NGO’s and other farmers.  At our …

Florinda and the ‘older crowd’

At the end of a sunny and hot day in the coffee fields, I met Florinda and other farm workers in the Mogiana region in Brazil in one of my trips this year. Despite their long day, we had a humor-filled conversation that made us all smile and laugh. When I was talking to her, …

farm workers versus small farmers?

When I traveled to Costa Rica last week, I met several coffee farm workers.  Many of the farm workers in Costa Rica come from Nicaragua.  I was told that of the close to 5 million people living in Costa Rica, around 800,000 are Nicaraguans. Many of them work in coffee, sugar cane, bananas and many other …

why am I blogging now?

So, I have been using Twitter lately and realized, oh surprise, that it takes more than 140 characters to describe a lot of things.  Therefore here I am, blogging. The idea of this blog is to tell you about the work I do with small-scale farmers and farm workers all over the world.  You see, I work …