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09 Oct 2014

Last winter I was fortunate to spend time in the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala. I paid my ticket and was off on an adventure with Joey Pittoello, the director of coffee for Just Us! Coffee. The purpose of the journey was to connect with producers from the ASOBAGRI co-op, which I learned is a relationship that Just Us! has had for over 14 years. I have wanted to do a trip like this for many years due to my connection with "Breaking the Silence". I had heard many stories about Guatemala from their interns at the Tatamagouche Centre and their work with the CCDA cooperative.  However, nothing that I had learned or heard could have prepare me for the varied emotions I had for the land and the people—especially the women that I got to meet along the way. It also made me think deeply about the trip that Just Us! co-founder, Jeff Moore, made so many years ago when he travelled on a bus through the Chiapas region of Mexico without any connections and a language...

30 Sep 2014
In addition to, and in conjunction with, the Centre for Small Farms, Just Us! has a farm in its backyard! The Just Us! Food Farm is comprised of four large gardens—a healing garden, farmers-in-residence garden, kitchen garden, and farmer-led research garden—with a circular gathering...
18 Aug 2014
Who Who is running this joint and who is it for? When the time came to appoint an overseer for the Just Us! Centre for Small Farms, Just Us! founders Jeff and Debra Moore could not have chosen more aptly. Av Singh, the Organic and Rural Infrastructure Specialist with Perennia, has now the added...
11 Aug 2014
After the negative media attention fair trade received a couple months ago from the SOAS report on wage labourers in East Africa, Just Us! was certainly excited to learn that we rated so high on the recent Fair World Project analysis. As I stated in my blog post then, fair trade certainly has its...
06 Jun 2014
Well, the Globe and Mail really created quite a stir last week with their article, Fairtrade coffee fails to help the poor, British report finds (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/fairtrade-coffee-fails-to-help-the-poor-british-report-finds/article18852585/#...
11 Apr 2014
So Long East Coast Organic Milk Just Us! is incredibly disappointed that East Coast Organic Milk has been unable to make a successful business. If policy-makers and marketing boards could have been more supportive it may have actually worked. You can listen to ECO Milk dairy producer, Frazer Hunter...