Guardabarranco is a social enterprise based in Ocotal, Nicaragua that works with local farmers and people in the community to create an exchange of knowledge, experience and culture through volunteer work.

The organization offers coffee industry-centered tours and classes and uses the profits to fuel community improvement programs in a variety of venues. Currently we offer volunteer positions in organic agriculture, education, and coffee farming, and are looking to expand to a local foods program with a local-food based family bakery in the nearby community of Mozonte.

The farms we work with are all small producers who work largely or entirely with organic and sustainable practices. Volunteers who come to our work-exchange program in agriculture live in small home-stays in the mountain communities surrounding Ocotal. In most cases, the food they are farming is the food that they and the family are eating.

We believe all people bring unique skills with them. Whether these be agricultural, medical, creative, or mechanical, we hope that volunteers will come and share these skills with the families they stay with. In turn, volunteers are given the opportunity to experience rural Nicaraguan culture, live in these beautiful mountains, and learn about small-scale, unmechanized, organic and sustainable farming.

We are currently selling bags of ground or whole bean coffee from one of our farms in Mozonte to support the project. This farm won the Nicaraguan Cup of Excellence this year. One pound costs US$7 including shipping.

If you are interested in purchasing our coffee, donating, or volunteering, send me an e-mail at bennettlafond@gmail.com or contact our project’s founder, Claudia Lovo, at rebecalovo@gmail.com.

For more information, check us out here.

-Bennett LaFond, Project Coordinator


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