I have to harness nature…I have insects and birds and they eat more than 50 percent of any pests that would attack my coffee so the quality of the coffee is naturally protected,” she says, explaining that she mulches and prepares natural compost for the coffee trees and manages pests and diseases with natural chemicals.

“We have coffee rust disease right now, decimating the coffee industry in Central, South America and the Caribbean. Some people are using extremely strong chemicals to deal with it. I use a mixture of garlic and water. It works, and I share it with all the farmers.”

The Inter Press News Service ran a story this month featuring Dorienne and Rowan’s Royale. Among other notable aspects of the piece was a recollection of the sending of a package of coffee directly to Prince Charles of England, and a discussion about the origins of RR’s experiment in sustainable, organic farming.

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