Bees for Life and Coffee

Did you know that due to pesticide use and climate change there is a 40% decline in insect species? 

Gisela Illsecas, a coffee farmer in Veracruz, Mexico, had already diversified her coffee farm with fruit trees and medicinal plants, but had taken pollination for granted. She later learned about

By | December 31st, 2019|AgroEco Coffee, agroecology, coffee farmers, Donate, News|

Working Together in Partnership

The seeds for CAN’s birth were planted in 2000 when we visited agroecology graduate students who were doing participatory action research with farmers in coffee growing communities in El Salvador, Mexico, and Nicaragua. In each community we visited we heard the same story: “I can’t earn enough from growing

By | December 31st, 2019|Donate, News|

Youth Plant Seeds of Justice

Ashley Solis; photo courtesy Emily Cohen

Meet Ashley Solis, one of CAN’s youth leaders. Born in Watsonville, California, to Mexican migrant parents, Ashley juggles schoolwork with jobs in the agricultural fields and packing houses. Ashley knows first-hand what it means to live in the world’s largest producing area

By | December 31st, 2019|Donate, Growing Justice, News|

Powerful Women Making Change Together

Women coffee farmers in the highlands of Veracruz, Mexico, planted a seed for justice when they collectively decided to create a feminist coffee brand, FEMCAFE. Since 2016, they have used funds from AgroEco’s Women’s Unpaid Labor Fund to make strategic investments in their cooperative and economically empower the women members.

By | December 15th, 2019|AgroEco Coffee, coffee farmers, Donate, News, VIDA|

Nurturing Seeds of Justice

Small farmers and farmworkers are at the frontlines of building just food systems—planting seeds of justice with their communities. Seeds build power and justice when farming communities maintain control of their seeds and land, when models of

By | December 15th, 2019|Donate|

Breaking Away From Industrial Food and Farming Systems

CAN is featured as one of seven case studies of agroecological transition around the world. 

Rome (Italy). The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) released a new report, “Breaking away from industrial food and farming systems: Seven case studies of agroecological

By | December 11th, 2018|agroecology, coffee farmers, Donate, Food Sovereignty, News, Nicaragua, VIDA|

Support CAN’s work.

Growing Justice (GJ), a diverse group of 12-19 year olds from Watsonville, California, meets weekly to learn about the food system and identify what they like about their community, and what they would like to see change. The team’s origins are rooted in the community gardens of Mesa Verde Gardens, and their lived experiences as children

By | December 11th, 2018|Donate, Food Sovereignty, Growing Justice|

Learning Community for Food Security and Sovereignty Publishes Lessons Learned

Two years ago, CAN and its network partner El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), a research and teaching university in southern Mexico, launched CASSA (Comunidad de Aprendizaje para la Seguridad y Soberanía Alimentaria). With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the project formed a learning community among 23 local civil society

By | December 11th, 2018|Donate, Food Sovereignty, Learning Community, News|

Ending Seasonal Hunger in Nicaragua

The documentary film, “Ending Seasonal Hunger in Nicaragua” explores food cultures, agroecological farming practices, and innovative solutions to improve diets and reduce seasonal hunger among smallholder coffee farming families in northern Nicaragua. It captures breathtaking tropical landscapes and the daily rhythms of rural life connected to Nicaragua’s rich history of struggle and solidarity. The film highlights

By | April 7th, 2017|agroecology, Donate, Food Sovereignty, News, Nicaragua, videos|

The Power of Women to Bring About Change

What was a need to increase family incomes has grown to become a thriving, woman-owned business that has made new opportunities for others in the community.

Ercilia Lopez Martinez proudly hands a steaming cup of cappuccino to a customer. Recently trained as a barista, she’s also skilled at making mochas, caramel coffee, and milkshakes. Ercilia

By | December 12th, 2016|Donate, News, Nicaragua|

2014 Challenge Grant Announced!

Help Us Turn $30,000 into $60,000!!

This year, generous contributions of $25,000 from the  Crary Family Foundation and $5,000 from the Stocker Family Fund have increased our challenge grant to $30,000. Every dollar that you contribute will be matched up to $30,000. Please join us in supporting rural women and youth working toward a more just

By | October 13th, 2014|Donate, News|