Name: Comon Yaj Noptic
Location: La Concordia, Chiapas, Mexico
Number of Producers: 180
Certifications: Organic, Fair Trade, SPP
Interesting Fact: Members of Comon Yaj Noptic have been monitoring bird species in their communities for the past four years in an effort to provide on-the-ground data for a conservation non-profit in Mexico. They began collecting the data after several major hurricanes between 2008 and 2010 affected their home state of Chiapas. Scientists wanted data in regions affected by tropical storms and hurricanes to monitor how significant climate events and climate change were impacting migratory and non-migratory bird species. The farmers of Comon Yaj Noptic answered the call and have developed the bird monitoring program into a completely community-run effort to focus on environmental awareness and conservation.
Last Visit: Todd Caspersen, director of purchasing and production, and Carly Kadlec, green coffee buyer, visited Comon Yaj Noptic in December 2015 to work collaboratively with members of the board of directors as well as the commercial manager, Enrique Ruiz, to design an upcoming project. Working on-site in Chiapas, we crafted a project focused on farm renovation and increasing access to organic fertilizers and training in organic farm management.