2021 Seeds Fund Recipient
Cinco de Junio used a 2021 Seeds grant to construct a farmer field school focusing on agronomy and processing training for the cooperative’s members. The workshops covered soil management, the use of organic fertilizers, exploring new varieties, and climate change adaptation techniques. The initial training was held for 40 cooperative members, many of who produce coffee with a good physical quality but want to improve their cup quality and improve yield. The long-term goal is to construct more field schools amongst the members’ communities and refine agronomy techniques based on elevation and microclimate.
Counter Culture Coffee collects $0.01 from every pound of coffee sold to fund our Seeds program. Annually, $1 per pound of our winter coffee blend, Iridescent, goes to further increase our contribution. Seeds offers financial grants to producers and producer organizations we work with to implement sustainability projects they identify as beneficial. To date, we’ve allocated over $280,000 to Seeds projects.