N&M: Were you always convinced that switching to organic farming practices was the right way forward?
Gabriela: To be honest, when I started organic I was sceptical as to whether we would be able to give enough nutrition to our soils. After 10 years of working with this system however, I am amazed with the results we are getting on our farms.
N&M: Looking back, what do you enjoy most?
Gabriela: Since I started organic my family and myself have been able to enjoy going together to the field and not worrying of any chemicals affecting my family.
N&M: Why are so many growers in this region farming organically?
Gabrielle: Most of the producers start organic production because they see the organic coffee plantations of their neighbours. They visit the cooperative to find out why their coffee plantations look so good and fruitful. Once they hear the reason they are convinced that organic is the way forward.