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In 2014 we planted three farms on Gitwe and Nkonge Hills, directly adjacent to our Heza Washing Station. Situated at 2,100 meters above sea level, our Gitwe Hill farm is 2.85 hectares and has 7,095 heirloom bourbon trees. That is, by all measures, a very large Burundian coffee farm. Continue along a dirt road from there and you will come to two adjacent farms on Nkonge hill. These farms, together, are 2.34 hectares in size and contain 5,334 coffee trees. Our first and very small harvest from these farms was in 2017. In 2018 we had a sizable harvest and since then, we have experienced nice yields from these plots. In 2020 and 2021 our farms contained an impressively large harvest even though yields were drastically down across the country. The Long Miles Coffee Farms are also demonstration plots where our team of agronomists and Coffee Scouts can practice, experiment with, and demonstrate good farming practices They are continuously finding innovative ways to increase the productivity of our coffee trees, as well as restoring the soil that they are planted in. We are always learning and sharing what we learn with our neighboring coffee farming community. Anyone from the community can visit the farms, ask questions, and put what they’ve learned into practice on their own coffee farms. An assortment of activities take place on our demonstration coffee farms: scouting for antestia bugs, examining the coffee trees for signs of disease or pests, testing organic fertilizers made from leftover cherry skins, planting fortified banana trees, planting green manures, exploring techniques to mitigate soil erosion, as well as planting indigenous and shade trees! Our farms also supply year-round employment for a group of ten women who oversee the farm’s maintenance.