Farm Workers,Making the case,Voices

Working for quality of coffee and quality of life

22 Oct , 2013  

Eliover with other farm workers at Hacienda Venecia in Colombia

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 [Read More]

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Farm Workers

Sustainable coffee isn’t cheap – the cost for farmworkers

17 Jul , 2013  

Farmworker housing in Central America

Coffee pickers, migrant workers, and farmworkers, in general, may be the most vulnerable groups involved in coffee production; however, they have traditionally not been included in the coffee industry’s sustainability efforts. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor discovered widespread labor violations in coffee farms in Hawaii.  Violations included “failures to pay workers minimum wage [Read More]