As you may have already gathered Ethical Addictions is not just about high quality coffee sourced direct, taking care to ensure producers are paid well and cared for, we are also concerned about the care shown to the environment, to preserve our great planet, natural habitats, and a future for us all.
- At the Caixeta family farm 25% of their land is not farmed but designated for permanent preservation of rainforest and protection of precious habitat for various species.
- There are a lot of birds and animals that live free throughout the farm feeding themselves on fruit, seeds, grasses, and even coffee cherries (beans).
- Over 5,000 native trees have been planted to avoid soil erosion and increase sub-soil moisture. This helps protect water sources and habitat, producing an increase of wildlife, especially birds.
- All hunting and predatory practices have been banned within the famly properties, giving in positive results for a number of species.
- Their working practices have constant regard for water and soil conservation, avoiding the use of agrochemicals.
- The family have been instrumental in conservation in the area and introduced biodynamic farm practices.
- The Machare Farm is not a huge commercial farm, yet has a highly motivated and caring management team - as such it is one of the most advanced farms for environmental preservation and sustainable farming methods. And it shares its knowledge with others.
- Machare excels in tree management, soil management, water management, and waste management.
- Water use has been dramatically (over 95%) reduced preserving precious sources for people further down the mountain.
- Machare actively seeks creative ways to preserve resources and minimise the use of any chemicals. E.g. collection and treatment of rainwater.
- Farm irrigation runs entirely on gravity.
- There is an active bio-diesel programme working to minimise use of fossil fuels on the farm.
- 'Shade-grown' coffee is produced throughout the farm to preseve habitat and protect various forms of bird, reptile and monkey life.
- Conservation of trees and habitat are preserving a precious micro-climate and protecting rare plant and animal life such as Colobus Monkeys, Serval Cats, Rwenzori Turaco, Hoopoe, and the Rufous Winged Sunbird.
- Seedlings are regularly planted to encourage re-forestation.
- An impressive understanding of environmental issues exists amongst the villagers (embarrassing by our Western standards actually, but I guess they live witnessing the effects of our actions e.g. diminishing glacier atop Mt. Kilimanjaro).
- Their tree planting project on the mountain replenishes indigenous tree stock.
- They have recently started a bee project to encourage pollenation and offer a sustainable food source (and hopefully income too).
- The village has implimented waste collection and management (how we take our weekly refuse collections for granted!!).
- There is hydro-electric in the village offering light to every home.
- Highly efficient wood-burning stoves have been built to reduce wood gathering and improve health.
You can be a part of all this and more. Buying coffee from these sources is obviously a huge help, but opportunities exist to contribute to projects and/or visit.
Anyone wanting to know more, contribute, or even visit the farm and projects to learn about coffee and sustainable practices should contact Ian on 01452 280026