Farm Workers,Voices

Leonardo says hi from Nicaragua’s coffee fields

12 Feb , 2013  

Last week I visited a farm in Nicaragua participating in one of our pilots. One of the workers, Leonardo, is studying English on Saturdays Sundays when he doesn’t have to work .  He is saving everything he can to pay for classes, and is seeking new opportunities in his life and to meet people from other countries.  I [Read More]


Small farmers,Voices

seeing the future in the past

3 Jul , 2012  

Mario and Fabian from Narino just met with Ed. I am in the middle, between Fabian and Ed

Fabian, a 25 year-old small-scale farmer from southern Colombia, began a two day journey from his village to Portland, OR in the U.S. to attend the Specialty Coffee Association of America conference this past April.  He spent five days in the largest coffee conference in the world meeting with coffee buyers, NGO’s and other farmers.  At our [Read More]

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Farm Workers,Voices

Florinda and the ‘older crowd’

19 Jun , 2012  

Florinda 3-2012

At the end of a sunny and hot day in the coffee fields, I met Florinda and other farm workers in the Mogiana region in Brazil in one of my trips this year. Despite their long day, we had a humor-filled conversation that made us all smile and laugh. When I was talking to her, [Read More]