Cofinet has a nursery dedicated to native trees of Colombia. When they reach 1-2 years, we share them with our producers for free. We encourage small growers to plant them throughout their coffee plantation. The native trees pull nutrients from the soil and share them with the coffee, which requires fewer chemicals like fertilizer in the soil. The shade creates protection for the coffee trees, and encourages bird activity, who then eat the insects. The shade emulates a colder environment which slows the ripening of cherries, intensifying flavours and creating a higher quality crop than traditional farming practices.
In addition, we also plant fruit trees like oranges and bananas which generate additional income for producers.