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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 of Knoydart Farms, speak to these issues here (http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/Maritimes/ID/2446288971/)

This is a huge loss for Nova Scotia. ECO milk was an opportunity to be proud and supportive of local farm families committed to environmentally responsible practices, in striking contrast to the conventional milk industry heavily reliant on genetically modified feed crops, chemical fertilizers, herbicide use, and monocropping.  Just Us! was an investor and supporter of the NS organic milk project since it’s very conception and was one of its biggest customers since it...

23 Mar 2012
    After my tour through Guatemala, I took a short flight to meet with producers in Costa Rica. The contrast between the two countries is noticeable immediately. CR is one of the most economically developed nations in Latin America, fuelled largely by tourism and IT industries. Coffee...
12 Mar 2012
My version of the trip began at 5:20 am with a pickup from Don, followed by a visit to café SuPa (Sue & Pascal), where Sue had prepared drinks of our choosing to start our long travel day right. It was fun meeting up with everyone at the airport and sitting down to breakfast together,...
12 Mar 2012
Day 1 - Wednesday Operation drive, park and fly is complete! We are safely on our way to Chicago and I can feel the temperature rising already.  We all arrived safely at the airport with plenty of time to have breakfast together, since we did leave at six am!  The flight is due to take...
02 Mar 2012
My second stop in Guatemala was at the ASOBAGRI co-op in the Huehuetenango region after a very bumpy 12-hour drive through winding mountain roads with beautiful vistas. I enjoyed the glimpses of people going about their lives in small communities along the highland road, herding sheep, washing...
27 Feb 2012
During a green bean buying trip to Guatemala and Costa Rica last week, I visited several of our suppliers and saw some very different examples of community development through the currency of coffee. My first stop was in Lake Atitlan to visit the CCDA (Comité Campesino del Altiplano). The roots of...