El Zopilote is a small farm of less than 1.5 hectare (3.5aces) and produces on 29 quintales (~2900lbs) of coffee per year.
Guinope is a municipality in the department of El Paraiso, with a population of 15,000 people primarily involved in the cultivation of coffee.
The farm sits at 1,350 meters above sea level, with an average temperature of 75 degrees F and grows only the lempira variety. Lempira is a variety developed in Honduras and is a cross between Caturra and Timor Hybrid 832/1. It was designed for warm regions with acidic soils and produces high yields, though it is susceptible to leaf rust and Ojo de Gallo.
The farmers participating in LIFT pay very close attention to the health of their plants and are proactively finding solutions to maintain quality and yield.
Roger Orlando Padilla was growing potatoes until 2012 when a plague wiped out his harvest and he switched to coffee. Because of the small size of the farm, he works mostly with his wife, Edis Zulema Fonseca, and other members of his family to manage the farm.
They are incredibly remote; it takes two days to get to a town where he can sell his crop, and because of that his first season he had no contact with exporters, selling his crop as cherry on the local market. In 2018 he received a visit from a LIFT agronomist and was included in the first LIFT cluster in the region.
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