A Question of Ownership

BY THALEON TREMAIN This is what a coffee executive should look like.   About ten years ago I met an amazing coffee farmer in Costa Rica, up in a cloud forest near Monteverde. Sabino Montero was one of the first farmers in Costa Rica to embrace organic production, and his family’s lush farm, thick with…

From the Ground Up: Farmer-Owned Brands on the Rise

THALEON TREMAIN A growing category in grocery retail embraces farmer-ownership What do the following have in common: Divine Chocolate, Ocean Spray, Tillamook, Organic Valley and Florida’s Natural? They are all “Farmer-Owned” brands and actively promoting it. Farmer-ownership is not new, of course. Agriculture has been the foundation of the world’s society and economy for thousands…

CoffeeCSA Connects Coffee Lovers Straight to the Farm

The farmer-owned cooperative Pachamama Coffee launched the world’s first global C.S.A. (Community Support Agriculture) program last week. (Here’s an article from the New York Times). The new web platform, http://www.CoffeeCSA.org, is a community supported agriculture model that allows consumers to subscribe to regular deliveries of roasted coffee from family farmers. It is the world’s first…

COCLA of Peru, A Leading Farmer-Owned Co-op

The COCLA Cooperative of Quillabamba, Peru, is a leading Farmer-Owned and Fair Trade organization owned and governed by more than 8,000 small-scale family farmers. COCLA, a founding member of Pachamama Coffee Co-op (USA), sells its fresh-roasted coffee to food cooperatives throughout the United States.

Divine Chocolate’s Farmer-Owned Fairtrade Business Model

Here’s a clip form an article by the Atlanta Post about Divine Chocolate: “But Erin Gorman, CEO of Divine USA, said the intangible benefits of the unique structure are of equal importance. “The farmers in Kuapa have a tremendous sense of pride because they know that they’re not just cocoa farmers, they’re owners of a chocolate…

Pacha’s New Packaging is Traceable to the Source

Pachamama Coffee’s new packaging is colorful, elegant and traceable to the farm via a unique QR code. Just scan the code with your cell phone and meet your farmer! Watch a video from the farm. View the farm from above via Google Earth. Leave a farmer a tip ($) for a job well done. Available…

Farmer Owned, Fair Trade + Organic (FOFTO)

Farmer-Direct Cooperative (FDC) is a farmer-owned co-operative of 63 certified organic family farms is launching the first (FOFTO) Farmer-Owned, Certified Fair Trade, Certified Organic food brand in North America. “People usually associate fair trade with coffee, sugar, bananas and other crops from the global south, but fair wages to farm workers and fair prices to family farmers…