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STUDENTS OF THE SIMÓN BOLÍVAR SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY OF VEREDA LA ESTRELLA COMMITTED TO THE ENVIRONMENT
In a true carnival became the day of arborización that was realized at the Hacienda La Estrella, of the Compañía Cafetera La Meseta.
Boys and girls students of the Simón Bolívar School, teachers, parents and community in general of La Estrella Estate, participated decisively in the important activity.
The reforestation and environmentally friendly event was attended by Chec and representatives of the Fundación Ecológica Cafetera.
Very early the meeting began with a discussion, where the importance of protecting watersheds was announced, and an illustration was also made of the bird species that predominate in the area and the main characteristics of the trees to be planted.
Subsequently, the assistants moved to the areas adjacent to the Quebrada Estrella, where they proceeded to plant dozens of native trees such as; cedar rosé, walnut, vanillo, seven leathers, yellow coffee, bullet cannon, guamo macheto and tabaquillo, among others.
For Milton Harold García Bustamante; Coordinator of Special Coffees, “this activity is only a sample of the commitment that the Coffee Company La Meseta has with the conservation of the environment and the protection of the ecosystem”.
“The participation of the community is very important, especially the children, because from an early age, they learn to have a sense of belonging and to be friendly and responsible, protecting watersheds,” said García Bustamante.
The Meseta has planned to move forward with these reforestation programs and for this it has strategic alliances whose purpose is to plant thousands of native trees in these beautiful coffee lands.
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Thanks to the La Meseta Coffee Company “La Francia” resumes its coffee vocation
Very close to the village of La Estrella that forms part of the municipality of Chinchiná, you will find ‘La Francia’, an Hacienda that for many years was important for the production of coffee and generated employment for the people that lived in the surrounding areas, and also itinerant workers.
Alongside other important Haciendas of the municipality, “La Francia” stood out for contributing a significant amount of grain to the coffee market, contributing to maintain the levels of production that led to Chinchiná appearing to be one of the great producers of coffee in the national panorama.
Throughout a period in which the cattle became present in the sector, its fertile lands were covered with pastures where a single caporal accompanied by four horsemen, were enough to corral and take care of more than 300 heads of cattle that grazed on more than 50 hectares of land.
Thanks to the commitment of the Coffee Company La Meseta, and its full confidence in the power of coffee, “La Francia” once again is resuming its coffee vocation and since 2015 the company has made every effort, so that its agricultural spirit flourishes and Coffee will continue, once more, to be its leading product. Thanks to a firm decision and hard work, according to the Agricultural Engineer, Yesid Alejandro López, Administrator of “La Francia”, 720,000 coffee trees were planted. Also new modern facilities are being built, so that collectors and workers can enjoy a comfortable stay. This has allowed direct jobs to be generated for 250 people who work for 4 months, and another 120 who work for an 8 month period.
Better yet, the people that live in the villages ‘La Estrella’, ‘El Trebol’ and ‘Buenavista’ are happy because in the months of October and November the first crop will allow them to improve their economic income.
“La Francia” expects to receive between 100 and 150 people to work – men and women – this being one of the main social objectives of La Meseta. We will continue to work to promote “La Francia” as one of the main Haciendas for the production of coffee and a great generator of employment in the municipality of Chinchiná.