Coffee Connections: Conservation, Community, Children and Ohio by Bill Wilson, Co-Founder, Birds & Beans®
An enterprising teacher at the Cambridge, Ohio school who runs the ‘Bobcat Coffee Company’ uses Birds and Beans coffee for a project that gives special needs students the opportunity to learn how to run a small business. Projects like this make a difference for birds, habitat, farming families and all youth throughout the Americas.
As our business grew and evolved we were confirmed in our mission. By paying premium prices to small family farmers in Central and South America we are helping these families stay on the land forming the backbone of solid local economies. This means that the children of the farmers and farm workers have the income they need to be sure their children have the food, clothing, medical care, stable schools, and homes needed to stay in the community and have a decent life. These are some of the poorest countries in the Americas.
This year we were very happy that an enterprising teacher at the Cambridge, Ohio school who runs the ‘Bobcat Coffee Company’ wanted to use our coffee for their project which gives special needs students the opportunity to learn how to run a small business. The BBC brews and sells coffee in the school. The students learn how to work together in an enterprise and then use the proceeds for special class events.
Making the connections of bird conservation, communities in Latin America and the children in those communities turns out to be a very gratifying venture.
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