The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC) offers a Bird Friendly certification to encourage farmers to return to the shade-grown practice. As the migratory birds we love are now beginning their journey back to the tropical regions where coffee is cultivated, offer them a habitat in which they can thrive with every sip of your bird friendly coffee.
Conservation Never Tasted So Good
By Michelle Brosius
Can protecting the environment be as simple as enjoying your favorite cup of coffee? Why, yes it can!
Smithsonian Certified Bird Friendly Coffee is not only certified organic, but is also shade-grown under a
canopy of trees which combats deforestation for the popular cash crop. Coffee has historically been
grown in shade until circa 1990 when farmers were encouraged to clear forests in hopes of returning a
higher yield. However, research by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC) has revealed the
unsustainability of this sun-grown practice, as well as the benefits of returning to the long-standing
shade-grown practice of growing coffee.
The SMBC has found that, over the long-term, shade-grown coffee farms provide better bird habitat for
a wide variety of bird species, soil protection/erosion control, carbon sequestration, natural pest
control, and improved pollination. Check out the Ecological Benefits of Shade-grown Coffee for more
The Smithsonian offers a Bird Friendly certification to encourage farmers to return to the shade-grown
practice. As the migratory birds we love are now beginning their journey back to the tropical regions
where coffee is cultivated, offer them a habitat in which they can thrive with every sip of your bird
Visit the Bird Friendly Coffee Store to place your order by the 10th of every month. 5% of annual chapter
coffee sales are donated to support Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society, a 501c3 nonprofit
organization, conservation activities.
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