The coffee tree starts to bear berries when it is around 18 months old, doing so until it is between 10-15 years old. Each tree yields around 900 g of coffee without any nursing, but with the proper attention, it can yield up to 3,500 g. The trees FarmMountain uses are descendents of the original coffee trees found on Mount Elgon generations ago. The coffee type is Arabica. It is classified as highland coffee, growing at altitudes between 1,600 – 2,000 meters above sea level.
Each farmer has a garden with about 1,500 trees. Half of the trees are allocated in a group of their own. Around the garden, a natural fence of jathropha trees has been planted. Wild animals dislike them, and therefore do not want to cross this natural fence. Our future plans include investigating the feasibility of jathropha seeds being used as biofuel or briquettes,If successful, we’ll achieve our vision of the farmers branching out into becoming energy suppliers. This is one of the projects we are carrying out together with Seniors withour Borders, helping us to acheive UN goal nr. 7 – sustainable development.