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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We've been so busy fundraising and sharing the TLF story that we forgot to post photos taken a couple of weeks back! This was a really neat Track 2 workshop run by Catalina Merino Varela on how to grow and harvest vegetables for eating. A key TLF focus for 2019 is not only looking after the environment, but personal health and wellbeing too.


Hemos sido tan ocupados haciendo recaudaciones de fondos y compartiendo la historia de LFL que olvidamos compartirles éstas fotos que fueron tomados hace un par de semanas. Catalina dirigió este taller de Vía Dos, el objetivo de cuál era enseñar los estudiantes como criar y cosechar vegetales para comer. El foco de LFL para el año de 2019 es no solamente cuidar el medio ambiente pero también la salúd y el bienestar personal de la gente en nuestra comunidad.

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Nacanu' Xhi'in // we are all seeds
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6 days ago

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1 week ago

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An excellent write up on The Lucy Foundation in this month's issue of MiNDFOOD magazine. To help support our work, simply order your home and business coffee beans through Able Coffee Collaborative (link below). For every kg of coffee you buy, $3 is donated to our Pluma Coffee Project in Mexico... it really is that easy!

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Here's to the wonderful wāhine who make The Lucy Foundation tick! Did you know 80% of our TLF crew, from Mexico to New Zealand, are women? We couldn't do it without them or our amazing tribe of wāhine supporters. On a side note, today and tomorrow Grace Stratton, Robbie Francis and Romelli Graciela are hosting a TLF stall at the Fairfield Conference (ethical trade) at AUT. If you're in Auckland you can catch Robbie presenting on the TLF story at 1:30pm (Saturday).

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[Image description: TLF stall - colour posters, bunting and Mexican fabric hang from black panels. A table is covered with TLF merchandise. Grace Stratton wears glasses and a peach coloured long dress. Grace is a wheelchair user. Robbie has a denim Able apron on, glasses and a blue and yellow head scarf. She has a prosthetic leg.]
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3 weeks ago

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Mmmm... freshly processed green Pluma coffee! The TLF families are working hard to sort the good beans from the bad beans, so that we can have a delicious brew right here in Aotearoa New Zealand. All of the families are paid above the local rate for this work, including disabled family members. We believe pay equality is super important, regardless of ability or disability.

Help us create more equal work opportunities for more disabled people and their families by donating to The Lucy Foundation today!

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