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ABOUT Growers First Coffee
WHY WE LOVE THEM
Growers First partners with each community to help them establish their needs and build a strategic plan toward change; it's about empowerment, not charity. That's why they establish grower cooperatives, which increase profits and do much, much more: they create local jobs and market power, increase social equity and self-governance, and even help keep families together. Growers First always ensures women receive equal compensation and representation, which increases reinvestment of profits into the family. It's all part of building a brighter future, one community at a time.
In the developing world, unsustainable farming is causing rampant deforestation as farmers must continuously abandon their plots and convert new land to agricultural use. Growers First is using sustainable farming practices to help prove to the world that what's best for the environment can also be best for the farmer. Take organic farming, which avoids the pesticides and fertilizers that leach out of industrial farms, while providing farmers a 25% price premium. Or intercropping (growing carbon-fixing plants alongside the primary crop), which reduces a farm's carbon footprint and increases crop yield. These initiatives show that environmental stewardship can be an investment in our well-being, not a sacrifice. Go Growers First!
The mission at Growers First is to improve their growers' quality of life by allowing the communities to define and prioritize their own needs. Health care one of the essential needs they've identified, so Growers First sends mobile medical & dental clinics to remote areas that have no other access to medical attention; these provide treatment, preventative care instruction, even pastoral and counseling services. Another essential need is child education, so Growers First helps equip village children with educational support and teaching aids. As the saying goes, it's a hand up, not a handout and it's humanitarianism we love to get behind.
Growers First trades directly with farmers who otherwise are displaced from the global market, paying 100% of the market price for their coffee and helping ensure they receive adequate wages. They believe in building lasting relationships with every coffee farmer (all 657 of them!), whether this means teaching agronomic practices or providing basics like clean drinking water.ABOUT Growers First Coffee Growers First trades directly with 657 remote, small-crop coffee farmers in Mexico and Honduras, but we don't stop there. We build relationships with the farmers, empower them to address their needs as they determine them, and connect them with health care, clean drinking water, agronomic education, and more. Every bag of Growers First coffee comes with a tag - scan it, and find out more about the farmer behind your coffee and the change that has taken place in his or her life. At Growers First, changing the world begins with relationship.
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