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and direct trade in Guatemala

The Huehuetenango Farmers

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    Don Mario Samayoa and his wife have over 2 hectares of conventionally grown pache and catuai varieties of coffee. They are 2nd generation coffee growers, and maintain a long family heritage of growing corn and beans. Their latest production is a new-born son. Don José is pruning trees to better manage the shade covering the coffee plants as well as selecting baby coffee plants called "hijos" which he will let grow into adult bushes. He and his wife hope to buy a new pulpero.

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    Don Jovino has been a member of his coffee cooperative for more than 6 years and boasts just under 2 hectares of coffee production, 20% of which is organic. He and his wife have 2 daughters and 4 sons. This picture was snapped while father and son were building a new tree nursery to provide shade for the coffee of the community. In addition, Don Jovino also maintains the "abonera" where he helps produce natural organic fertilizer for coffee growers in the community using California red worms and coffee pulp.

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    Don José Mayor and his wife have 4 adult sons and 1 adult daughter. When their kids were born they planted shade trees like Chalum and Paterna and began to grow coffee. Now, under a thick canopy of tropical forest, they have nearly 4 hectares of conventional coffee growing, plus a small plot of organic coffee. Their children also grow coffee. The Samayoas have been associates of the cooperative for some 12 years and hope to invest in new water tanks for processing their coffee and a new pulpero.

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    Don Domingo Pérez is a first-generation coffee grower from the lush mountains of San Isidro. Don Pérez has converted over ¼ of his nearly 2 hectares into organic coffee production, which consists of bourbón, caturra, and pache varieties of coffee. He and his wife are proud parents of 13 children, 6 girls and 7 boys, some of whom plan to continue the family business. He and his family have been members of the farmers coop for more than 12 years and hope to invest more in his children’s education with better coffee sales.

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    Don and Doña Adrian are proud parents of 3 daughters and 5 sons, a few of whom are seen in this photo along with their new grandson. They farm some 3 hectares of conventional pache, catuai, and bourbón varieties of coffee as well as nearly a half-hectare of organic coffee. Don Adrian is a first generation coffee farmer with a lifetime in the fields cultivating coffee, corn, and beans. Like all the members of his cooperative, his coffee is all shade-grown under a lush canopy of native trees including chalum, paterna, gravilea, cedro, roble, guayaba, and banana.

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    Located in the mountains of Palmira Vieja on the Guatemalan-Mexican border, Don Misael and his family have 2.5 hectares of organic caturra and bourbón varieties of coffee. He has been a member of the cooperative of small coffee growers for 3 years now and is a 3rd generation "caficultor." He has 2 sons and 2 daughters and grows corn and beans for self-consumption in addition to organic coffee.

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    Don and Doña Octavio Martinez have 4 girls and 3 boys. They have been associates of their coffee cooperative in Huehuetenango, Guatemala for some 3 years. They currently grow a very small plot of organic bourbón coffee under dense shade provided by pine, gravilea, and chalum trees. The Martinez are 3rd generation "caficultores" and they hope to soon build the family’s first coffee drying patio.

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    Don Marvin and his wife Doña Marialuz are the proud parents of a 2 year, 7 month old daughter name Jaquelyn. They have been growing coffee for 8 years, and harvest bourbón, carturra, catuai, and catimor varieties of coffee. They have less than a hectare of land from which they harvest both conventionally-grown, pesticide-free coffee as well as BioSuiss certified organic coffee. Above their coffee is a dense canopy of chalum, gravilea, banana, mango, macadamia, lemon, and orange trees. In addition to coffee, Marvin and his wife grow celery, tomatoes, and pepper plants. Marvin's mother helps manage a California red-worm compost bed where they transform unused coffee husks into a nutrient-rich organic fertilizer for their organic coffee production.

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    Don Aurelio and his wife are the proud parents of 5 daughters and have been members of their local coffee cooperative for 9 years. They harvest pache, caturra, and bourbón varieties of pesticide-free coffee from their 3 hectares. They have moved 5% of their production to certified organic coffee. They employ chalum, gravilea, and mecha trees as shade for the coffee bushes. Don Aurelio and his wife are 3rd generation coffee farmers who also grow corn, beans, and a happy family of black and white criollo rabbits. Currently they are clearing the brush from the coffee bushes and hope to make repairs to their washing tank and drying patio.

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    Don Natalio and his wife are the parents of 3 sons and 1 daughter. They are 2nd generation coffee farmers, who also grow corn, beans and a host of tropical fruits like orange, lemon, avocado, and criollo peaches. Don Natalio grows caturra, pache, and some bourbón varities of coffee, all without pesticides, on a patch of land just over 2 hectares. He hopes to put in his own mill in the near future.