Seeds is an acronym that stands for Sustaining Environmental and Educational Development at Source. Our Seeds program was created to structure and define Counter Culture's monetary contributions to projects that are not coffee-quality-specific but still benefit our coffee-producing partners and their communities. To date, we have contributed a total of $24,963 to projects in 6 countries. We'd like to catch you up on the projects we have funded over the last couple of years through our Seeds program with an eye toward more regular updates of ongoing projects.
Our Seventh Project: Holiday Blend 2011
Some of our Seeds projects are funded by a special coffee created each year at the holidays from which a dollar of each pound sold goes toward a project on the ground at origin. As such, it seems serendipitous that this week's Seeds update finds us reporting on projects funded by last year's holiday blend. Last year, funds collected from sales of our holiday blend focused on supporting educational initiatives and allowed us to donate to the expansion of a school near the Buziraguhindwa washing station. The Buziraguhindwa school currently serves approximately 2,000 students. Tim Hill, our coffee buyer who focuses on Burundi, has been invited to a ceremony in the year ahead to inaugurate the new school structure. A portion of the funds also went to the construction of a school near the Idido washing station.
The donation from our 2012 Holiday Blend will again be dedicated to an educational initiative and will be aimed at supporting the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmer's Cooperative Union, the cooperative from which the coffee in this blend is derived. Our hope is to fund a two-day workshop on organic agriculture and composting for between 50 and 100 coffee growers, agronomists, and cooperative representatives. Thank you in advance for the support of this coffee and, come late spring, we will be reporting back on the next installment of holiday blend origin projects.
Happiest of holidays to you and yours!
'Til next week,