Crop to Cup is proud to feature its first purchase in Ethiopia from a woman-owned mid-size single farm. The purchasing process is a model for the region, where the farmer receives 88% of the FOB export price (price of goods at the frontier of the exporting country), resulting in substantially increased income compared to the normal washing station model or to growing other crops.
Mrs. Gemedech's land in the famed Idedo region of Yirghacheffe (part of Ethiopia’s southern coffee growing region) is a garden farm where coffee is grown under a shade mixed with other fruits and food staples in a regenerative manner. Fallen leaves and coffee pulp hauled from local mills are the main source of compost. Enset trees (false banana) across the farm collect water from the rainy season inside their trunks and release it to the ground during the dry season. This helps the soils retain moisture all year-round. According to Mrs. Gemedech, she does not use inorganic fertilizers or pesticides, and, since she processes her harvest using the natural/sundried process, her environmental waste and impact are minimal.
Mrs. Gemedech Fulasa was born not too far from where she currently lives, and she is the only child to her parents. She inherited her 4.5-hectare coffee farm when her father passed away in 2011. In the Gedeo culture, land inheritance usually goes to the male children. However, her being the only child, she has taken this opportunity to inherit the land and shine as one of the few female coffee farmers and one of the highest-quality coffee farmers in Yirgacheffe.