Chiapas, Mexico | July-Oct 2013
The farmers of CESMACH cultivate coffee in the buffer zone surrounding El Triunfo, a lush, dynamic park that is a designated UN Biosphere Reserve.
The park contains many vastly different micro-ecosystems within it, and the park’s existence leads to inspiring things, from providing a home for endangered wildlife to capturing 10% of all of Mexico's rainfall, which in turn supports farming, industry and generation of electricity.
In addition to strict organic practices, the CESMACH farmers use many other natural techniques that nurture the health of the soil and that invest in the quality of the coffee beans. Equal Exchange helped fund a detailed soil analysis project that will sustainably improve farm yields. The next step in the project is to construct a regional composting facility to continue to systemically enrich both the soil and the coffee trees.
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