Blog

23 Jan 2015

It’s exciting to see the determination of the San Antonio cooperative in Nicaragua, even during a time when they’ve lost up to 80% of their coffee production due to the devastating fungus, Rust. 

Their determination is being supported and enabled by the Just Us! Rust Recovery Program.  With the necessary funds in hand, San Antonio has sprung to action: they know what they need to do and have the skills and energy to do it.  For starters, the cooperative will use the fund to increase food security and support farm improvements.

San Antonio differs from the other cooperative we’re working with in Nicaragua, Luis Alberto Vásquez, because its members are individual family farms dispersed throughout the region.  San Antonio’s role is to support each family in their personal response to Rust.  They will give their members the knowledge and tools to regenerate their coffee fields, bolster their food production...

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...
16 Feb 2012
Dr. Vandana Shiva, one of the 7 most influential women in the world, will be visiting Nova Scotia! Vandana Shiva, is a physicist, environmental activist and author. Shiva, currently based in Delhi, is author of over 300 papers in leading scientific and technical journals. Shiva participated in...
01 Feb 2012
The Industrial Revolution started in the UK in the late 18th century. This culture of mass-production is still spreading today across continents and is arguably the primary reason that we face such deep environmental and social problems in the world. Before the advent of the machine, most products...
27 Jan 2012
The world is a big place and modern life has exposed us to unlimited injustices across its amazing surface. People and nature face a degraded existence at the (unseen) hand of the so-called free market that consolidates the wealth of elite big banking & big business families & investors....