After getting a vigorous start in a carefully tended nursery on Ometepe, coffee seedlings are ready for transplanting into the higher-elevation fields where coffee grows. Seedlings plus soil around roots get heavy. A mule's assistance is most welcome!

We aren’t the only community association that’s enjoyed a long friendship with Ometepe. The Ometepe-Gulf Islands Friendship Association, on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, has roots nearly as deep as ours.

We partner with them in buying and importing coffee from Ometepe, and they share with us the cost of providing technical help and financial assistance that’s making it possible for the growers to  remove diseased trees and plant healthy young coffee trees in several varieties.

Read about this organization’s 30th anniversary this year in the Gulf Islands Driftwood.