La Hermandad Nature Center
Finca La Hermandad, about 5 km 17 km from the Matagalpa department head. from the town ofSan Ramon, is a small coffee-growing cooperative, eco-reserve and a site for Planting Hope’s Coffee Camp.
At the site is an adobe house, which serves as a meeting place and classroom the new “Los Andes Nature Center.”
Los Andes is the forest reserve where shade coffee is grown. Planting Hope delegations often visit the children who go to school there, as well as learn about how coffee is grown, harvested and processed.
La Hermandad is a coffee cooperative of 30 members that sells its product through the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (UCA) in San Ramon, which in turn, exports through CECOCAFEN, on of the providers of coffee for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.
The coop currently lends a space to a community preschool and multi-grade elementary class, where 15 students from the community attend. This space, and the adjoining kitchen served as the camp’s headquarters.