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14 May 2015

Since our last blog entry on Nicaragua we have been to the area to visit with the co-operatives and see how things are progressing. Here is some of the news from our visit.

Coffee Leaf Rust and the Nicaraguan Harvest

The coffee harvest in Nicaragua is over and farmers are breathing a sigh of relief that the negative effects of Coffee Leaf Rust are diminishing.  The co-operatives and their co-operators, like Just Us!, have helped farmers retake control by replanting hundreds of thousands of trees, increasing fertilization, and stepping-up maintenance.  Farmers have put in an amazing effort, and the worst is hopefully over. 

While significant progress has been made and yields are not decreasing as fast as before, they have yet to rebound.  Prodecoop, the large 2nd level co-op that Just Us! works with, saw yields decrease by 25% last year.  This year yields decreased a further 10%.  The healing will take...

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...
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...