Meet the Farmers: Magna Luz Ojeda Guarnés
High in the Andes Mountains of Peru in the town of Nuevo Trujillo you will find one of our coffee farmers, Magna Luz Ojeda Guarnés. For the past five years, Magna has been growing coffee used in the Arbor Day Coffee program. On our most recent trip to Peru, we learned more about Magna, her family and her coffee farm.
Magna comes from a family line of coffee farmers. Her family has been growing coffee since before she was born. Magna understands the role trees play in harvesting quality coffee. That’s why she grows it under the shade of the rain forest. Her family depends on the trees to protect the coffee and provide natural nutrients into the soil. Additionally, she uses the fallen branches as firewood for heating and cooking. Her farm spans across 20 acres of land, half of which she has kept in naturally preserved forest.
Before her life as a coffee farmer, Magna and her husband owned a store selling local goods. Although the store wasn’t as successful as they hoped, they still had enough land to invest in their dream of expanding their family business into coffee production.
Magna told us that her life as a coffee farmer gave her a sense of peace and freedom from the daily chores of working at a storefront. “While I was in the store, I never found the chance to take a break to eat, but when I’m out tending to our coffee fields, I have no interruptions. I’m very happy on this farm,” she explains.
Magna and her husband have four children. While two of them are busy attending school and her husband focuses on building their car maintenance business, Magna continues to manage and grow the family coffee operations, working hard to continue to provide for her family, and finding the peace she sought working in the forest.
When you buy Arbor Day Coffee, you support our initiatives to preserving the rain forest. Visit arborday.org to meet coffee farmers like Magna.