Producing a sustainable coffee is part of everyday life at Fazenda Morada da Prata.
Learn more about aspects that demonstrate our commitment to sustainable coffee growing.
Sustainability isn’t a choice. It's our essence.
PRESERVATION OF NATIVE FORESTS
Fazenda Morada da Prata is proud to have 144 hectares of preserved native forest in its territory — about 31% of the entire property, and 50% above the legal requirements. The forest borders the coffee plantation and goes down to a valley, forming a large ecological corridor that protects five large springs in the region.
RAINFOREST ALLIANCE CERTIFIED
The Rainforest Alliance is one of the most respected certificates in the world when it comes to assessing sustainability in agriculture. Fazenda Morada da Prata is in the process of obtaining the certificate, currently 100% adequate and in the final audit period.
PRESERVATION OF FAUNA
With the forests preserved, the presence of large animals in the area of the farm is guaranteed. Pumas, anacondas, deer, rabbits, ocelots, and rattlesnakes are seen from time to time in the vicinity of coffee plantations.
PRIORITIZING NATURAL PROCESSING
Natural processing reduces water consumption in coffee production and avoids water contamination, thus minimizing the environmental post-harvest impact.
We act in a preventive manner according to the local Integrated Management of Pests and Diseases. Among other initiatives, we planted Brachiaria crops between the lines of the coffee plantation areas, which helps unpack the soil. Since the beginning of 2020, we have produced our organic compost and have tripled the traditional dosage, which will promote a great recovery of soil biota and greatly reduce the use of conventional fertilizers.
RESEARCH WITH NATIVE BEES
Bees are essential for the preservation of the environment. Fazenda Morada da Prata has teamed up with genetics and entomology researchers at the University of São Paulo for pioneer research about five native bee species and their relation with the coffee production.
Although the flowers of coffee plantations are self-pollinated, the presence of bees increases the transfer of pollen grain from one flower to another, generating an increase in productivity, an increase in the size and weight of grains, and a reduction of defective grains.
USE OF SOLAR ENERGY (PHOTOVOLTAIC)
In 2020, we introduced a Photovoltaic Generation Plant, which produces all the farm's energy, and a 30% surplus that is added into the local grid.