Sustainable Spring March 7

All events take place in our regional training centers, Fridays at 11:30 a.m. following our free, weekly public coffee tastings at 10 a.m.

Community Supported Agriculture Sign-up with Flying Cloud
Annie Louise Perkinson of Flying Cloud.
Annie Louise will speak about CSA sign ups and the benefits of a CSA. Meet the producers involved with a CSA. And anyone that signs up will receive a FREE bag of coffee.
Urban Gardening
Bilal Sawari of Crop Mob
Sustainable Chocolate 101
Suhayl Ramirez of Taza Chocolate
Suhayl will speak about sustainable Chocolate sourcing, explain how chocolate is produced from bean to bar, and lead a tasting of 3 chocolates we have paired with 3 coffees.
Vermiculture & Composting
of Urban Worm Girl
Amber will give an overview of home vermiculture and Counter Culture will also being harvesting our compost bin, sending everyone home with a bag of compost.
Rex Williams of Orange County Beekeepers Association
Composting and Coffee
Laura Rosenshine and Claire Moloney of Compost Assist
How coffeeshops (and other small businesses) in NYC can navigate the complicated world of commercial compost hauling.
Urban Chicken Keeping
Andrew Olsen and Neal Santos talk about raising chickens in urban areas.
Potato Taste in East Africa
Andrew Gerard of Global Knowledge Initiative
Andrew is giving a quick lecture about Potato Taste in Rwandan Coffee: History, challenges, and progress in identifying and eliminating it from Specialty Coffee.

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