It is no secret that our planet isn’t in the best shape. The poles’ protective ice is melting, there’s a hole in the ozone layer, and no one can figure out quickly enough how to replace CO2- producing cars. As more people become aware of the less-than-ideal state of our environment, Earth’s more savvy inhabitants are finding creative ways to reduce their footprint.
October 16th is World Day of Action for Food Sovereignty, part of a larger movement to ensure that people have the right to be in control of their food and have access to wholesome, healthy, and culturally appropriate food.
As part of De la Gente’s mission to generate economic opportunities for coffee communities, DLG works with cooperatives to not just grow coffee, but support diversification of other crops too. This is especially important in light of the recent roya crisis. Check out the earlier posts that profile La Suiza community’s food security pilot project.
Food sovereignty also has ties to the Campesino a Campesino movement, which began in the early 1970s in the Guatemalan highlands. It’s a method of exchanging knowledge and information through informal networks to share and develop successful growing techniques. Campesino a Campesino is now a movement of hundreds of thousands of peasant farmers around the world.
De la Gente uses farmer-to-farmer training in agricultural education among the cooperatives that it works with, particularly for roya training, and has proven to be very successful. Learn more about DLG projects and how you can support them!
On Saturday, we had the pleasure of serving up De la Gente coffee at Caoba Farms’ open house and food festival. If you’re unfamiliar with Caoba Farms, it is an organic farm located on the southern edge of Antigua. Operating for over 10 years, they grow fantastic produce and supply it to locals, restaurants and visitors. In addition, Caoba Farms’ on-site store sells De la Gente coffee along with other locally produced, eco- and farmer-friendly food items.
If you enjoy good, fresh food, you would have enjoyed Caoba’s event. And don’t worry - they plan to keep these things going, so next time you’re in town, be sure to check it out!
In addition to showing off our farmers’ finely produced coffee, visitors were treated to:
- Culinary students from Guatemala City grilling up kebabs, and dishing out quinoa salad, tzatziki sauce on crostini, and tortillas topped with romesco and cheese;
- A former Chicago resident was offering up her line of nut butters, pestos, hummus, coconut oil and more
- A Guatemalan woman was showcasing her all-natural insect repellents and household cleaners
- Others were sharing cookies, carrot bread, ceviches, flavored salts and more.
We are always happy to be part of the work that Caoba Farms is doing, to spread the word and showcase high-quality and responsibly produced food and drink items. Be sure to stop by their store next time you’re in or around Antigua, and pick up some De la Gente coffee!