Coopeproagro is a cooperative of 6 organic pineapple farms in the north of Costa Rica. This region is ideal for organic pineapple production because we have the right soil, temperature and enough rain. Thank you for buying our delicious organic pineapples. Our organic farms are quite small compared to the large conventional businesses and this means the relationship between the farm manager and the workers is much more direct and informal. Each farm employs between 6 – 8 workers who conduct a wide range of activities. Because of the close bond, we see our employees more as part of the family and the feeling is mutual. Where normally in pineapple production 25% of the workforce leaves in a year, we are still employing the same people with whom we started.
The fact that our organic pineapples are so delicious also has it’s disadvantages. Our fields are regularly visited by a wide variety of birds and mammals looking for a sweet organic fruit treat. Visitors include parrots, parakeets, ocelots, howler monkeys and raccoons. We are now training dogs to chase them away so that we still have some fruit left to export. In all my years in conventional pineapple farms, I have never seen this before.