coffee photo

Shaded Coffee

Photo by Francisco Osuna, Elan Organic Coffees.

In addition to shade, the tree cover provides protection from damaging storms and contributes to soil quality.
Trees help to hold soil in place, and the roots of some trees fix nitrogen in the soil.
Fallen leaves and branches provide a natural mulch.
Finally, trees offer shelter for pest-eating predators.

Note the person picking coffee near the center of the photograph.