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Fair Trade: Keeping it Real
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One Love, One Hut (Ethiopia)
Into the Araku Valley (India)
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My Life as a Pirate-Part II
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Our New Profit Sharing Program - More Cash in the Hands of Farmers
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The Real Impact of Fair Trade
Frankenbeans - Here Comes GMO Coffee!
Indigenous Coffee Farmers Self-Help Efforts in Oaxaca, Mexico
Using Coffee to Preserve Rainforests
The Heart of the Pine Ridge Occupation
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Fighting Big Oil in the Amazon
Ingrid Washinawatok - A Personal Memorial
Did Nazi's Grow your Coffee?
Pesticides Used in Coffee Production
Cooperatives Mean Self-Reliance for Coffee Farmers
Doing Business as an Expression of Progressive Values
Into the Araku Valley (India)
(Our roving ambassador, Phoebe, reports on her visit to a unique coffee source - the tribal area of Araku Valley in India)
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Indigenous tribal groups live in remote communities dotting the Valley’s sweeping mountains. However, economic strife and the ensuing slash and burn agriculture employed by some villagers has wreaked havoc on both the Valley’s precious eco-system and the tribals’ rich social fabric. programs promoting sustainable livelihood solutions have met with some, though not resounding success. In the early 70’s, and then again in the late 1990’s, the Integrated Tribal Development Agency sought to diversify the tribals’ income stream by introducing coffee. Officials handed out coffee and white pine seedlings to be planted side by side – the coffee as a cash crop alternative, and the pines to encourage reforestation. But adequate capacity building and training weren’t part of the package. I spoke one evening to a group of tribals who said the government agencies had never fully explained what coffee was. The community had harvested the unripe, green “cherry” fruit that encapsulates the bean. Villagers tried eating the crop, cooking, frying, and boiling the beans, all the while questioning the worth and function of this strange fruit. “We wondered what sort of gift this was,” one community member noted.
Farmers proudly showed me the delicate fertilizer brew that Naandi has trained them to make – an organic, fermented mixture of cow urine, leaves and water – and brought me up the mountain slopes to show me their coffee trees. I spent a night in a remote village where farmers were amazed at the presence of their first foreign Fair Trade visitor. The villagers performed their sacred dances under the full moon and sang songs of celebration. “We aren’t asking for the world,” an elder explained when talking about coffee pricing, “we simply want enough money so we can stay healthy, send our children to school, feel safe.”
Dean’s Beans is working hard to bring the first shipment of this special coffee into the States during the coop’s coming harvest. So keep your eyes peeled and be amongst the first in