BOBOLINK WATER TREATMENT PROJECT

Using Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza as a model, the Bobolink Water Treatment Project is an initiative to bring the same level of water cleanliness, treatment and conservation to the participant producers of Bob-o-Link Coffees.

Objective:  To provide simple, low-cost and effective treatment of household waste (grey and black water) for a single-family residence that currently relies on an unprotected septic system.

Step 1 - Grease Trap   A simple grease trap that catches the grey-water solids from the kitchen. This allows a preliminary treatment of the grey water before it flows to the Biodigester Septic Tank

Step 1 - Grease Trap

A simple grease trap that catches the grey-water solids from the kitchen. This allows a preliminary treatment of the grey water before it flows to the Biodigester Septic Tank

Step 2 – Biodigester Septic Tank   Black water waste flows directly into the Biodigester Septic Tank and is mixed with the output from the grease-trap. Slightly more complicated than a normal septic tank, it is much more efficient than a normal septic tank and allows the solids to be removed by gravity. It is not required to hire a removal service with a tank and pumps. The home owner can do this annually and stores the solids in a drying tank on the premises. This then becomes compost!

Step 2 – Biodigester Septic Tank

Black water waste flows directly into the Biodigester Septic Tank and is mixed with the output from the grease-trap. Slightly more complicated than a normal septic tank, it is much more efficient than a normal septic tank and allows the solids to be removed by gravity. It is not required to hire a removal service with a tank and pumps. The home owner can do this annually and stores the solids in a drying tank on the premises. This then becomes compost!

Step 3 – Wetland Filtration system   This is a planted living garden that receives the liquids from the biodigester and filters them through the root-system and soils of the garden. Usually two gardens are planted. The first has a protective sheeting surrounding the plants that protects the local eco-system from the water being treated The second garden receives the relatively clean water and returns the final treated liquids to the environment via infiltration and evaporation.

Step 3 – Wetland Filtration system

This is a planted living garden that receives the liquids from the biodigester and filters them through the root-system and soils of the garden. Usually two gardens are planted. The first has a protective sheeting surrounding the plants that protects the local eco-system from the water being treated The second garden receives the relatively clean water and returns the final treated liquids to the environment via infiltration and evaporation.

FAFCOFFEES AGRONOMY PROJECT

The FAFCoffees Agronomy Project was born out of a desire to further improve the quality of the coffees grown by our partners on the Serra do Cigano Mountain.

The producers in the area had many years of experience and were already growing high quality specialty coffees, but they wanted to improve their yields without jeopardizing the gains made in quality over the past 10 years.  

FAF Coffees is concerned about the possible impact their activities could have on the environment and the springs and rivers of their valleys.  They wanted to test new techniques to improve soil quality and plant health while using less chemical fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.

FAFCoffees created a voluntary joint-participation project where a professional Agronomer with specific experience in coffee cultivation has been hired to monitor the coffee and give advice on fertilization and disease control.  The Agronomer will take careful consideration of the environmental concerns of FAFCoffees the project participants.

The costs of the project (Consultancy Fees, travel expenses) are shared equally between FAFCoffees and the producers.

The Agronomer visits the farms once a month and delivers written instructions on the recommended procedures to be followed and products that should be applied by the next visit.  Reports on progress since the previous visit are also filed.