Migrating Birds, Coffee Farms, and Our Interconnectedness by Lisa Del Rio, Bird-Friendly Coffee Coordinator
The farmers engage in a variety of practices to ensure quality and sustainability. They fertilize the soil with coffee pulp, manure, and tree debris, use tree leaves to deter destructive insects, employ shade to help balance the ecosystem and prevent plant disease, use methane from manure for cooking fuel, and take advantage of abundant solar energy for power.
When you enjoy Bird Friendly Coffee, you know you’re helping birds from 12 countries, some of which migrate to Ohio. You may appreciate that delicious cup even more if you know a little about the farms it came from.
One of these coffee farms is Gaia Estate, a 90 acre farm in Nicaragua. They have been growing coffee under the forest canopy since 1915. The farmers engage in a variety of practices to ensure quality and sustainability. They fertilize the soil with coffee pulp, manure, and tree debris, use tree leaves to deter destructive insects, employ shade to help balance the ecosystem and prevent plant disease, use methane from manure for cooking fuel, and take advantage of abundant solar energy for power.
In addition to farming, the owners have expanded their source of income to include ecotours, with 150 species to thrill birders. Gaia also hosts college students who gain knowledge and experience in sustainable agriculture, climate change, and food justice.
Gaia is just one of many bird friendly coffee farms around the world. They may be far away, but the farmers care about the same things we do: excellent coffee and a healthy environment that allows birds and people to thrive today and in the future.
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