Fazenda Nossa Senhora de Fatima is situated within the Triangulo Mineiro, in the famed Cerrado region. Coffees from this area are often touted as some of the best that Brazil has to offer. The dark red soil typical of the area produces an excellent cup.
This farm produces only 100% organic coffee. Its 895,000 coffee trees are closely monitored by a full-time agricultural engineer to ensure consistency and quality. Ricardo Aguiar Resende, a third-generation coffee farmer, directs the farm’s production, commercialization and social projects along with his wife, Gisele.
Fazenda Nossa Senhora de Fatima (FNSF) has gone above and beyond in its commitment to social and environmental equity. The 75-110 workers at this farm travel every day from three towns: Perdizes, Patrocinio and Igrejinha da Macega. Ricardo arranges the transportation for the workers every day, though some actually live on the property. The production of natural fertilizer from livestock and a new biodigestor combine to produce all the energy needed for the farm. FNSF strives to produce all of the energy and most of the inputs needed for coffee production. The reforestation of native trees is underway, adding to the farm’s portion of shade-grown coffee, which is not commonly found in Brazil.
In January of 2012, the farm became the world’s first Fair Trade Certified™ coffee estate. Within 3 months of certification, the farm’s 110 workers (40% of whom are women) earned $7,250 in community development premiums, which they elected to invest in critical healthcare programs. Through FNSF’s participation in Fair Trade USA’s Fair Trade for All initiative, 30 workers have already received eye exams, 27 received glasses, and 11 received dental care.