Summer Trip Day 28: By Jenna Wiegand

 

 

It’s been a productive week in Ocotal! Yesterday Dawson and I met with the largest producer to begin the Rainforest Alliance certification process. We filled out some initial audit paperwork and are now just waiting for a few other documents from his farm. It has been awesome to get to know these people and experience their wonderful hospitality. And of course, we’re getting to try a lot of coffee! We then went to explore the churches and gardens of town while we waited for our partner Claudia to get back to us, and later that afternoon we met both of the other two producers. We began the same paperwork with them, and then set up a meeting with our entire group of farmers for today. It has been incredible to see the commitment and effort from our partners on this project, and to hear their stories and what this certification can do for them and their community. Looking forward to the next steps!

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