The Own-A-Tree Project is a joint effort of Cafe Kreyol and GSI Haiti, offering you the opportunity to purchase a coffee tree for a farmer in Haiti--for the average price of a cup of coffee here in the US! After your purchase, the tree will be planted from an organic coffee seed at our high elevation nursery, grown and cared for until it is ready to produce coffee fruit, and then given at cost to a farmer in need. Each Arabica Blue Mountain tree will produce about 3 times as much coffee fruit as the variety the farmers previously used and each plant takes only 4-5 years to start producing enough to be profitable. Keep in mind that when you purchase a tree for under the Own-A-Tree Project, all of your donations are 100% tax deductible.
What is leaf rust?
How do we combat this virus?
Leaf rust is a virus that attacks by way of airborne spores and kills the leaves on coffee trees. The tree is then left with no leaves, no fruit, and cannot produce coffee or photosynthesize to survive. With 60 % unemployment, and over 98 % deforestation in Haiti, the country took an unusually hard hit when leaf rust attacked the coffee on the island.
Coffee has different varietals (similar to apple varieties; Granny Smith, Red Delicious, etc.) and each tastes and looks different from the other varietals. We have found that one of the varietals known as Arabica Blue Mountain is resistant to the virus, yet it maintains quality as many varietals don’t, and therefore should be reproduced to combat this deadly disease.