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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Our community garden is coming to life! While greenhouse construction continues, we’ve also been working on growing veggies. This has included preparing pots for seedlings, sewing vegetable seeds (beans), and planting seedlings (eggplant, cucumber, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, chives and chilli).

Today the crew also took some chilli and tomato seedlings to plant at home.

We need your help! To support the Pluma Coffee Project you can now donate by credit card or bank transfer: www.thelucyfoundation.com/donate/

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How’s this for an interesting workshop: creative cooking, fermentation and probiotic foods!! Catalina, our Field Director, recently ran a Track Two disability workshop, teaching the guys how to make sauerkraut (fermented cabbage). It went so well, that the team decided to host a Track One disability-led community workshop, and invite all the neighbours so they can learn too!

Why do we ferment foods? To help preserve them, change the flavour, increase nutritional value and develop probiotic power. Healthy team = healthy beans! Buen provecho (enjoy)!

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[Video description: A series of photos and videos of Juan, Pepe and Herminio making saueur kraut, and then community members making fermented foods. Washing and preparing vegetables, massaging salt into the vegetablles, placing in jars, adding liquid, shaking the jars, smiling with finished jars.]
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We are incredibly proud to announce that TLF has been named the recipient of the 2020 Rotary Kickstart Grant. Supported by Ākina Foundation, the grant provides seed capital for social enterprises in the North Island. On Wednesday night Robbie Francis Watene and Simone (TLF co-founders) pitched our world-first inclusive value chain of coffee to a room full of Rotarians and supporters, who then voted for TLF as the winning social enterprise.

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Newmarket Inc, Auckland New Zealand, Ākina Foundation, and also our friends at Recreate NZ (2019 winners) for all your support. To try some of our delicious coffee, head to:
www.thelucyfoundation.com/help-us-out

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Wowee check out these strong and healthy coffee seedlings... all thanks to the biofertilizer and compost we make in our disability-led agricultural workshops. So much colour and vitality!

Why is this such a big deal? For the past decade, Pluma coffee has been annihilated by bugs and fungus. When we first started working with Don Epifanio and his whānau his plants were weak and producing very little coffee. But now look at 'em!

"The smiles of Don Epifanio and Pepe make our hearts vibrate. They are the ones that drive us to continue our work every day, strengthen each other, and infinitely thank our mother earth who sustains us and gives us life!” - Cata (TLF Field Director).

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