These images show a farmer from Café Monteverde, a fair trade coffee farm that is a member of the Cooperativa de Santa Elena. The farm is located in the San Luis valley and operates in association with the San Luis Development Organization. "The San Luis Development Organization has helped spawn a community-wide sustainable development initiative. The water from the processing plant is recycled in the community, organic waste and coffee pulp is used to produce organic fertilizers, and plant fibers and bean shells are sent to a local paper-making collective." Cooperatives offer farmers a viable means of leveraging their crops and demanding fair prices at the market place. Many farms in Costa Rica employ Nicaraguan workers who seek better wages and working conditions. Café Monteverde hires seasonal and year long Nicaraguan workers.