Finca La Verona
Nearly 35% of the farm’s lands are protected as natural forests within the Reserve characterized by foggy mountains and water springs providing water to the local community of Escaleras in North Yasica. The lush forests are also home to a plethora of other fauna including black panthers, jaguars, deer, boars, coatis, guatuzas, and birds such as the three-wattled bellbird and quetzal.
Maria, growing up immersed in coffee, is also the owner of the neighboring farm, San Antonio, and through her hard work and dedication, she was able to make it to the semi-finals of the Nicaragua Cup of Excellence in 2022. There is also a small school on San Antonio that is available to workers’ children whilst also offering recreational activities and adult education.
Introduced into the country in the mid-1800s and forming a central position in the country’s economy for more than a century, coffee is currently Nicaragua’s primary export. Its production generates over $448 million dollars a year in exports, representing 8.2% of overall exports, and provides more than 200,000 jobs to locals.