January 26, 2009
Officially the first day of harvest at FVH!!!
60 canastos given out. A canasto is a basket for collecting coffee.
40 cartones issued: A carton is literally a piece of custom printed carton that we use for tracking volume of red cherry picked. Each person that holds a carton is on payroll and they may request additional baskets if they have help. Help is usually immediate family that would rather tag along and be together than be apart both for the day as well as the harvest season. What exactly does this look like? Well this year it means half the people on payrol have a brother, cousin or possibly wife that is helping them. If it is their wife, their kids often are tagging along sometimes being helpful, but mostly being together with family and goofing around among the coffee trees.
We are very fortunate that Lencho and his brother Juan are both with us this harvest to assist Diego. They are very committed to supporting their extended family in the absence of Carlos and Edwin Garcia Martin. They have also expressed continued commitment in ensuring FVH continues strong and they happen to have the financial need. The icing on the cake for everyone is that they both enjoy what they do and they are VERY good at it.
Lencho and Diego went to La Messilla this weekend to buy a new corn mill that will assist Diego in supporting both his wife along with his mother and siblings for many years to come.
Thanks to all of you who have been supporting Juana and her family. We have been diligent to ensure that a little bit goes a long way. We are carefully considering how to best help them as needs arise. We do have a small amount of money set aside remaining for this. If you wish to support them financially you can make a donation through paypal on the top right of this blog, or email if you wish to donate some other form of gift.