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17 Feb 2015

In our last blog, we reported on how the San Antonio cooperative is responding to difficult circumstances by analyzing their vulnerabilities and taking concrete steps to improve.  One area of their focus is the health of their farms.  Another is the participation of women in their cooperative. 

 

With clear self-reflection, San Antonio realized that the leadership and decision-making in their cooperative was done mostly by men, despite the fact that women play an equally important role in the success of the organization.  In response, the leadership asked if we could help facilitate a farmer-to-farmer exchange to another cooperative that has responded to the same issue.  With the help of Etico, our partner in Nicaragua, we were able to plan a trip for 17 members of San Antonio to Juan Fransisco Paz Silva, a cooperative of farmers in Achuapa, Nicaragua. 

 

The exchange was dynamic and spontaneous from the start,...

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...
06 Jan 2015
A spirit of pride and optimism was palpable when we visited the Luis Alberto Vásquez cooperative in Nicaragua.  The members of this small co-op work collectively on one large farm and the entire community, including 40 youth, has rallied around the effort to eradicate coffee rust from...
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...
18 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...