Producer Profiles

Hacienda Venecia

Hacienda Venecia is the third coffee estate to join Fair Trade USA’s coffee innovation pilot program. Located in the central mountain range of the Colombian Andes at 1,500 meters above sea level, the 200 hectare farm employs just over 500 farm workers each year.

Coffee harvested at Hacienda Venecia is all processed on site. Tasks are carried out by hand, and the drying process utilizes a combination of sun and heat silos. At Hacienda Venecia the main harvest begins in September, though workers do harvest all year round.

To earn Fair Trade certification, the farm implemented training programs on things like workers’ rights, responsible use of pesticides, leadership, and Fair Trade standards. The workers also democratically-elected a Fair Trade committee, and began discussing community development projects for the future.

Hacienda Venecia also has an excellent tourism program and is an ideal destination for coffee lovers who want to learn more about farming and production.
 

Quotable

“We are excited about what Fair Trade could bring to us, workers. We hope this initiative can help improve our day-to-day work and our lives.”  

Eliover Garcia

Programs

Health and Safety

After the first Fair Trade sale, workers will focus on improving living conditions for both permanent and temporary workers. They plan to use their community development premiums to build bathrooms, showers, and better rooms that provide a sense of privacy and security. Workers also plan to improve access to better food, improve farming techniques, and build a healthcare insurance program and retirement program for all workers.