2022 Seeds Fund Recipient
Between 2020 and 2022, the price of fertilizer in Colombia rose over 100%. The smallholder producers have had a difficult time affording the input with many resorting to taking out high-interest loans. La Esmeralda Association—producers of our K’uychi coffee—received a 2022 Seeds grant to purchase fertilizer in bulk and pass wholesale savings to their members.
The fund is revolving which means that savings will extend to future seasons increasing the number of fertilized hectares. By accessing fertilizer at a reasonable price, producers will be able to reduce their cost of production while adequately nourishing their crops.
Counter Culture Coffee collects $0.01 from every pound of coffee sold to fund our Seeds program. Annually, $1 per pound of our winter coffee blend, Iridescent, goes to further increase our contribution. Seeds offers financial grants to producers and producer organizations we work with to implement sustainability projects they identify as beneficial. To date, we’ve allocated over $280,000 to Seeds projects.