What does your cup of coffee really cost?

An inside look behind your morning cup of joe in El Salvador. A bag of coffee beans costs anywhere between 5 and 20 dollars, depending on the quality and the  brand. A regular cup of coffee bought at a coffee shop, around 2 dollars (we’re talking no-frills, just the coffee in a mug, hot and…

Saving Traditions

The majority of people around the world are familiar with growing food from seeds; of course, the number is less in developing countries, and less still in urban areas, but overall most people have witnessed the transition from seed to harvested vegetable (or fruit). Fewer people have then saved seeds from that plant they grew…

Homegrown Antigua

Just on the outskirts of Antigua, Guatemala sits an oasis of edible goodness! Coaba Farm produces organic salad greens and lettuce, spinach, broccoli, Bok Choi, sprouts, squash, tomatoes, eggplant, peas, radicchio, fennel, edible flowers, corn, herbs, bananas, avocados, citrus fruits, berries, chicken, and rabbit – not all of these all the time, but on a…

A Look at El Salvador on World Food Day

Around the world, countries celebrated World Food Day this past Tuesday, October 16th. It was a day to look at food security around the world and, this year, to see how agricultural cooperatives can help feed our planet’s growing population. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) promoted cooperatives, particularly women’s cooperatives, as a way…

Buying Local. But not to reduce your carbon footprint.

Late spring in New Hampshire. The tables at the farmers markets are a bit sparse and the attendance is limited to only the most stalwart supporters of local food. There will be a few booths of handmade items, such as leather or jewelry, and a couple of booths selling meat, cheese or milk (the taste…

Fresh From the Land

What’s the next best thing to going into your backyard and harvesting veggies from the earth and using them a short while later in your dinner? Driving down the road (with incredible views along the way) and having the eight-year-old daughter of the local farmer do it for you!! (Not that I’m promoting child labor;…

El Salvador Reaps Record Coffee Earnings

El Salvador has seen record earnings in coffee this past year; the combination of increased cultivation and soaring world prices has led to many coffee producers bringing in more money than they’ve seen in a decade. According to the Salvadoran Coffee Council, the past year’s export earnings were over $435 million – an increase of…

Coconuts: A Sustainable Agricultural Industry?

The coconut, Cocos nucifera, is the sole species of the genus Cocos, a palm tree grown around the world for its fruit and fiber. The origin of the plant is still debated: some scientists believe the tree is from India or the Asia-Pacific region, while others contend they’re from South America. Either way, the tree…