Collaborating With Co-Ed

When Coffee Educators (Co-Ed) arrived last Wednesday they brought with them the first sunny day Pluma has seen in weeks.

Julz, Tagi and Amber have come from Lower Hutt in New Zealand to work alongside The Lucy Foundation (TLF) for a few weeks to learn more about the agricultural side of coffee farming and the processes of speciality coffee. “We also want to learn more about the heart of The Lucy Foundation, what the Mexico project involves and get to know more of the community they work with here in Pluma,” says Co’Ed Cafe on Queens Manager Julz Russ.

Other colabs TLF and Co-Ed hope to achieve include two three-day courses in Barista training skills; one for local people with disabilities and then another for teenagers that are gearing up to leave school. “There are limited options for a lot of teenagers and some need to work to assist their families. If they were able to get a good understanding of coffee and barista skills they could apply for café and restaurant work and have unique skill sets to offer the industry here in Oaxaca”, says TLF Field Director Jess Sanders.

On top of that, the crew are looking to build new tables and furniture for a café that TLF works closely with in the centre of Pluma Hidalgo. The Co-Ed team would also like to teach basic LSM (Mexican sign language) to Ryan and Jess Sanders (TLF Field Directors) and some of the family members involved in the Mexico project. This will help with communication for workshops and general relationship building with the families.

Follow our journey with Co-Ed over the next few weeks by following their Facebook page (Coffee Educators Origin Stories) and see what the crew learn and achieve during their time in Mexico with The Lucy Foundation!


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A very happy birthday to our super-duper Field Director Jessica Pantoja-Sanders. While on their way to her pizza party the crew came across a lifeless boa constrictor. Sadly, though very important to the biodiversity of the jungle, snakes are often targeted and killed out of fear, misinformation and misunderstanding. While this chap was dead by the time the crew arrived, his death was not in vain! Thanks to Barry, Ryan and Ebony, its skin has been preserved and Jess, the birthday girl/reptile lover, is spreading the word about their importance to the local environment and biodiversity!

#biodiversity #environment #friendsnotfoes #junglelife #kiwisinmexico #savethesnakes #snakeskin #plumacoffeeproject #disabilityinclusion #disabilityrights @ Pluma Hidalgo

[Image Description: 5 photos of a large dead snake being skinned on the back of a truck, with it's skin being stretched out to dry.]
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"For the past year I would ask him questions and he would answer with one word...'bien' (good). But over the past month his hand shakes have become stronger, more purposeful and include more eye contact. Today, while harvesting the sweet potatoes we planted together a while back, he turned to me and asked how my day had been. I could not help but respond with a massive smile and say, 'Today has been an incredible day, thanks!' Why has it been such a great day? This small question he asked, is the reason it has been such a great day." - Ryan
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Great read Umi and we're so happy that you could visit: www.thelucyfoundation.com/experience-pluma-hidalgo/
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