Coffee farmers are most often underpaid. Paying farmers less than a subsistent wage for their coffee is an unethical business practice. It's exploitation. Paying farmers a living wage is one part of our core distinctive (that being people, place, coffee...). Buying direct from the farm is a way to ensure a living wage.
The key to breaking the rules is not buying into the dominate narratives & practices that seem to dictate what life should be like, how we live our life together, how we treat customers, prospects and all other people and how we consume products and utilize services.
The idea that technological advancement would somehow benefit the average worker did not consider human greed and the ever increasing edge of the adjacent possible. But technological advancement is in place to reshape how we work, further innovation around how a community invests in itself, how a community relieves the crushing burden of debt, how a community owns real property.
The Beech Street Community Garden (it's really a farm nowadays) is selling plant starts and will use the funds to buy material to continue to maintain and expand the food that is grown...An emerging ecology is an exciting sign...We have an open license to become a helpful part of the neighborhood ecology.