Working for quality of coffee and quality of life

Eliover Garcia, a foreman at Hacienda Venecia in Colombia, has been working in the coffee fields since he was 8 years old. His humble origins make Eliover fully appreciate everything in life. “Working on the coffee fields has allowed me to put food on our table and satisfy my family’s basic need, for which I’m …

Working together will bring peace to my land

This post comes from my colleague Griselda Barraza.  As part of the work we are doing to include independent smallholder coffee farmers in Fair Trade, Griselda interviewed Fabian to learn more about his participation in the SCAA show back in April. Fabian Andres is 26 years old and he is already a leader in his …

Top 5 experiences of 2012

We are approaching the end of the year and this has been a challenging but very rewarding year professionally.   I have been working to find alternatives to improve the situation of farm workers and independent smallholder farmers in coffee.  That means that I have had to travel to many places to build partnerships and work …

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 …

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 …