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Topic: Farm Gate (FG) (26 lines)
1) From: Bob Brashear
My Ibrik arrived (joy!). More on that at a later time.
Just got done reading the Tiny Joy that came with the package. I wish to 
say BRAVO! I had a major problem with FT, that being how does the farm 
get the money? All I saw was the Co-op getting the bennies. As pointed 
out, there are many great co-ops out there, but the statement about 
Tom's experience in Peru puts a damper on FT.
I was wondering how FG was going to work, getting money directly to the 
farmer. Turn the page over and we find that there are middlemen that 
will work with SM and the farms. I agree that middlemen are not 
necessarily evil. I was one for my fathers company that shipped many 
items to Saudi Arabia (fava beans from Washington state by the railcar 
load being an interesting item) and we took a fair cut. Everyone was happy.
Again, kudos to SM. I will gladly pay a premium to get the quality 
coffee that we do.
Bob
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