Agronol's approach to sustainability encompasses a system of socio-environmental
management and conservation in the production of specialty coffees.
The farm is within an environmentally protected area in the Janeiro river
basin. Thirty percent of the property area is kept aside to preserve the
natural vegetation and the native fauna, including conservation projects
of local species. Another ten percent of the farm is sheltered with protection
areas along rivers and around water springs. All activities are within
the realm of a system that integrates quality, the environment, health
and occupational / production safety.
The environmentally friendly wet milling facilities possess water recirculation,
wastewater biological treatment and use recycled final disposals in irrigation,
as organic fertilizer.
Almost 200 families live on Fazenda Agronol in villages with electricity,
telephone and water. Permanent year-round employment is of approximately
700 people. Up to 1,200 people are employed at harvesting time. The farm
has three schools with 240 students in attendance, day-care, public transportation,
a health center with resident doctor and nurses, employee club, sport
facilities and playgrounds for children.