SUPPORTING COFFEE FARMERS TO GO ORGANIC
Starting small – planned activities
Cafe Maya Chacaya Atitlan (APROCAMCA) is an established organic coffee farming cooperative of 175 organic coffee growers with whom we already work closely.
In order to survive and expand its membership, APROCAMCA needs better access to processing equipment and transport. We will support them to purchase (A) a water pump and coffee hulling machine for processing, and (B) a used pickup truck to transport compost ingredients, coffee from the fields for processing, and processed coffee to storage facilities.
We will also help APROCAMCA to improve the organic composting methods they use. Currently they use only leftover coffee hulls, to which we will add hydrilla, horse manure, and beneficial microorganisms. This will improve the nutrient quality of the compost and reduce the time needed to produce it.
Once we have trained APROCAMCA members we will work with them to educate, train, and support other farmers who wish to return to sustainable agriculture.
This project is highly scalable. There are other organic coffee growers’ associations around the lake who also need help to survive, grow their membership, and gain organic certification. And tens of thousands of farmers in the Atitlán basin, who grow produce for their families and small-scale commerce, would also benefit from education, training, and support to go organic. They need to see first-hand that organic farming is feasible and profitable, and they need credible information about the dangers of chemical agriculture, That is how the movement back to natural farming will gather momentum.
Total: US$ 30,000
Raised so far: $0
US$ 13,000 for a used pickup truck
US$ 12,500 for the water pump and coffee hulling machine
US$ 4,500 for composting ingredients and transport containers
Why we need your help
We cannot sit back and wait for the authorities and power-brokers to take action. The money that should be there to prevent the impending environmental devastation in the Atitlán basin simply is not – not from government, and not from big international donors.
So we depend on people like you to support remediation efforts. We are applying for small grants for all our planned projects, but this takes time and as a new organization it is difficult to get our first project grant. We sustain the tul reforestation campaign week-to-week through individual donations.
The communities of Lake Atitlán are ready to take action. Their health and livelihoods depend on the lake, and they are already living with the environmental consequences of decades of disinformation, corruption, and neglect. By working together and enlisting the help of a global community of people who care about our Mother Earth, we can save Lake Atitlán.
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