Blog

13 Jul 2016

Wow, what a week!  Did you know that HACCP, first developed in the 1960’s was a spin off from the US Space program?  The government wanted to make sure the food provided to astronauts would not harm them or make them sick while in space.  The food was to be completely free of bacteria, toxins, chemicals and physical hazards.  As a result of this HACCP was soon developed as a way to eliminate these hazards to produce the safest food possible. 

HACCP I focused on the importance of solid prerequisite programs.  A prerequisite program is a series of steps or procedures that control the operational conditions within a plant or food establishment and promotes environmental conditions that are favorable for the production of safe food.  Prerequisite programs address issues such as employee hygiene, sanitation, pest control, premises, transportation, purchasing, shipping, receiving, storage, recalls and equipment

HACCPII focused on the...

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...
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...
19 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/#...