Situated in the region of Sul De Minas, Fazenda Santa Lucia has been in the Garcia Family since 1994. The Family has a history of three generations of coffee producers beginning with Alexandre Garcia Capelo. He inspired his son Antonio Wander Garcia to follow in his footsteps and farm coffee too. He studied agricultural engineering and specifically researched plant reproduction and plant nutrition. This family tradition has followed onto Antonio’s son, André Luiz Alvarenga Garcia who also studied agricultural engineering like his father. His focus was focus on pruning and production. With this knowledge, they now work together on the Fazenda Santa Lucia with detailed care and attention to create the best growing environment for the coffee trees.
They have implemented the use of more organic fertilisers as well as reducing the volume of agrochemicals they use on the crop. Since taking over the farm they have planted native fruit trees each year as well as bracharia (a type of grass) and banana plants in between the rows of coffee plants to help maintain the health of the soils and prevent erosion.
Fazenda Santa Lucia has 11 permanent employees who have all worked on the farm for over 20 years.