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SUSTAINABILITY

Hacienda La Minita is considered to be perhaps the world's most socially conscious and environmentally sound coffee farm. Sustainability is nothing new for us. We have decades of history demonstrating the progressive evolution of our farming model.

Our progressive and pro-active approach to these important issues is documented by many years of published interviews, news articles, essays, and speeches. We have been public advocates of sustainable agriculture for decades.

ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

  • All weeding is done by hand – we do not use herbicides or pesticides
  • Soil testing is conducting twice each year and fertilizer formulas are developed to keep the soil in proper harmony
  • 300-acre forest reserve of old growth woodlands was set aside more than 20 years ago as a nature refuge
  • We operate a residual water-treatment plant and our own hydro-electrical turbine creating renewable and nonpolluting power
  • We have developed biomass coffee drying furnaces that burn only the waste residue from the coffee fruit
  • Our coffee processing facilities are water conserving mills – using only a fraction of the water used by traditional mills. We also treat any water used at both mills through our sedimentation ponds before returning it to the water supply
  • Terraced coffee groves, defensively planted natural vegetation, and an intricate and carefully maintained drainage system guard against erosion

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

  • We pay significantly higher wages than other coffee growers. Our employees are financially rewarded for their skilled and conscientious labor
  • We have our own fully equipped dental and medical clinic
  • Although many workers have their own houses and live off of the farm, we also provide modern housing that comes with our own hydroelectric power and piped in spring water
  • We have a life-estate housing program for retiring workers who have no home of their own
  • We provide workers' children with school uniforms, as we annually assist the local schools with educational materials
  • We are active supporters of surrounding communities' public works
  • We have invested over $100,000 in the past ten years in renovating schools in Colombia. This has positively affected over 2,500 rural Colombian children in our communities