Sustainable Coffee Plantation – part I

At Fazenda Caxambu and Aracaçu, all the activities are carried out in an integrated system of agroecological production, always focusing on a systemic approach that in fact takes care of and strives for balance with the environment. This approach is carried out in the management of crops, focusing on biodiversity and environmental conservation, concurrently with the coffee culture, considering and respecting the biological cycles within the properties and ensuring the well-being of employees and quality of life of all existing vital system, aiming positive results for the business as well. All monitoring, evaluation, analysis, corrections and bush management are made with the utmost rigor. Soil conservation is also essential and its coverage is made to maintain a living environment with abundant and diverse colonies of microorganisms. In these terms, the farms perform operations focused on recycling, use of organic products, also have several cares to keep the soil with erosion and care waters and springs. The rational and technical use of water is well designed in relation to consumption and reuse. Regarding agrochemicals, all the deposits are suitable for storage, there are correct locations for the preparation of the solutions, the needed products are registered and the return of the packaging is essential. Furthermore, all houses located on properties have constant improvements and have drinking water and septic tanks. The factories have water and oil separator boxes in order to conserve soil, springs and water streams. The farms constantly carry out workshops and awareness-raising activities for employees for the use of personal protective equipment. All plots have marking and monitoring of the product shortage period and re-entry into the crops. The conservation of Permanent Preservation Areas (APP, in Portuguese) is made with the utmost rigor and there are several ecological passageway structuring projects. We also have several environmental and social preservation programs, such as: • Planting of native trees, which has more than 1000 trees planted annually to form ecological barriers and ecological passageways; • "Nature Friends Project", in which all working and living on farms are motivated to stay focused on cleaning and properly dispose of waste; • "Project Clean Way", in partnership with the City Hall, which involves the care and cleaning of the road leading to the farms and also other rural roads in the city of Tres Pontas; • "My Backyard Project", which promotes the planting and care of the trees and is carried out by the families involved with the Farms. The project takes place in partnership with the State Institute of Forestry (IEF), which contributes with the annual donation of several tree seedlings that compose the biome of the region; • "Health Day", which includes periodic medical examinations and lectures for all staff and their families; • "Coffee with Prose Project", a chat with all the staff to talk and receive feedback on the developed activities; • "My Neighbor My Friend" program, which takes care of the development of the surrounding communities through questionnaires to understand the needs and expectations of rural dwellers, construction of school bus stops for children, improvements in roads and residents of the surrounding farms; • Periodic trainings and workshops carried out 6 to 7 times a year in all sectors; • Process of involving women and young people in the farms; • Sports projects; • Promotion of social gatherings, aiming the socialization of the team and their families through celebrations, celebrations and results presentation meetings. To learn more about the Sustainable Coffee Production in Farms wait for our next content.

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End-of-year 2018 Celebration

End of the year is time to celebrate the blessings received throughout the year. 2018 was a year of many accomplishments for the Farms Caxambu and Aracaçu, and nothing better than celebrating the good things that happen and strengthen the ties between all the peers involved in the coffee production process. To honor all employees, the Farms promoted various meetings with employees and their families. The intention was to celebrate all the achievements in the professional scope and also to thank each one of the employees, since the managers of the Farms believe that all type of work is important and must be recognized. They also believe that great dreams are built by the union of people around a common purpose, that for us it is to develop a coffee with more and more quality and flavor. "End-of-year celebrations are a time of festivity for us, where we consider spirituality and express our appreciation and gratitude for all that has been given to us this year", said Ucha.

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