Started in 2016, our Farmer Field School (FFS) is a group of 412 dedicated coffee farmers from 18 different hills, selected to act as a model for others in their communities. Year-round, the FFS team members meet several times a week on each others’ farms. They exchange ideas and knowledge, experiment with farming practices, find innovative ways to increase coffee productivity, mitigate climate change, and improve soil health on their farms. Together with the Coffee Scouts, FFS farmers tackle farming activities that need to be done on whichever farm they have gathered on that day. One farm at a time they are planting, pruning, fertilizing, weeding, mulching, and restoring soil health. Anyone from the farming community can join them on the field to observe, ask questions, share ideas, problem-solve, and learn from what’s happening on these model farms. During the peak of coffee harvest in Burundi, the FFS team members also meet once a week to learn how to selectively hand-pick coffee cherries before delivering them to the nearest Long Miles washing station. Between 2015-2017, our FFS members doubled their yield of coffee cherry production. Up until now, our team has been processing these coffee cherries together with the community of other coffee-farming families who deliver to our Long Miles washing stations. This is just the second harvest year that we’ve collected and processed FFS lots separately and we are so excited about this offering.
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