Since 1977 my family has owned                            , an organic, shade-grown coffee farm in the Central Valley of Costa Rica.  Being pioneers in the production of organic coffee in this small country we have experimented with many natural controls to fight the different pests that attack coffee, and this is where birds play an extremely important role.


Many of the bird species that occur on our farm eat the tiny coffee borer beetle which feeds on coffee beans and can cause tremendous damage to the harvest.  The birds complement our other control methods to keep the damage at a minimum.  It is simple, we give birds a home and they help us control the pest.


On our farm we are constantly researching ways of improving our small plantation to make it a better habitat for birds.

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