Community Caravan

Written by Cafe Campesino on Jun 1, 2010 in Community Caravan, NEWSLETTER |
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COMMUNITY CARAVAN

To begin this month’s Caravan, we bring your attention to an exciting opportunity that one of our friends and allies is participating in.  The Harvest of Hope Foundation, based in Gainesville, FL, has been entered into the running for a $250,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project.  Check out more about Harvest of Hope and support them with your vote –www.votehoh.com Their work to supplement needs within the migrant community is valuable stuff and this grant would make a huge difference in the lives of many.

Americus:
Lots of visitors this month to the roastery and coffee house.  We love that!  Groups from Berry College (GA) and the University of Portland (OR) were in to tour the roastery and talk fair trade/social justice as part of their civil rights tour via a multi-day stay at Koinonia Farm.  And a few nights ago, the coffee house “set the stage” for a Playwright’s Showcase event sponsored by Sumter Players, our community theater group.  We also hosted the Leadership Sumter group as part of the local Chamber of Commerce.  This group of local business leaders dropped in one morning for a tour and discussion with Tripp.  Also, our friends and supporters from Emory University visited to talk and film about fair trade and organics.  We look forward to seeing the video they are producing.  And we had our first country music concert in the two years of our coffee house.  Chase Bean, an Atlantan with Sumter Co. ties, played and sang several of his tunes that are part of his recently released first album.  Congrats to Chase and thanks to all who continue to visit us.  We appreciate your interest and your enthusiasm for fair trade and organics.

Atlanta:
May 10- Café Campesino Atlanta debuts at Decatur’s Saturday morning Farmers Market! Now Café Campesino Atlanta will be selling coffee, teas, baked goods, and whole-bean coffee at Decatur’s Wednesday and Saturday Farmers Markets. Check us out!

May 22- Café Campesino Atlanta joined a group of Sweet Auburn Curb Market vendors to participate in the 9th Annual Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association Festival. Held downtown, outside of Social Restaurant, the festival was a hit, offering live music, food and festival fun from 11 a.m. until midnight. Thanks ADNA for having us participate!

May 23- Café Campesino Atlanta and the Sweet Auburn Curb Market served as a hub for the hundreds of Atlanta Streets Alive participants who took to a closed-to-traffic Edgewood Avenue to walk, bike, run and otherwise play in the streets on Sunday afternoon. The event was a hit, especially for winners of Café Campesino’s “Hula-Hoop for Iced-Drinks Contest” who hula-hooped their way to a free refreshing beverage. Special thanks to bluegrass band Maynard Terrace for keeping the Curb Market hoppin’!

June 1- Caroline DeMitchell, a rising senior at Emory University, begins her summer internship program with Café Campesino. Caroline will be helping to develop a newsletter archiving system for Café Campesino as well as leading a Fair Trade Book Club in Atlanta. Thank-you, Caroline!

June 17- Fair Trade Book Club starts in Atlanta. The book club will discuss 6-8 readings over the summer that explain Fair Trade principles, the coffee industry and production processes, and address some of the current challenges facing the Fair Trade movement. The Book Club is being organized by Emory student Caroline DeMitchell, who is working with Café Campesino this summer as an intern in Atlanta. To participate or learn more about the Book Club, contact Caroline at carolinedemitchell@gmail.com.

June 19- Café Campesino Atlanta co-sponsors the opening event for Lot and Parcel, an exhibition of Atlanta neighborhood maps designed by more than 20 local artists who each have a particular connection with a specific area of Atlanta. The purpose of the exhibition is to celebrate the individual parts that make up the whole of Atlanta and bridge the gap between artists and the communities where they live, work and create. The opening will be held from 7-11 p.m. at The Goat Farm, a creative workspace in west Midtown Atlanta. The exhibition is curated by the creator of the blog, The Pecanne Log, and the executive director of the visual arts website, Burnaway.

Sweetwater Organic Coffee in Gainesville, FL:
Sweetwater celebrated World Fair Trade Day on May 7th with a Fair Trade Coffee Break in their newly revamped lobby. They served freshly made pastries and bagels from Northwood Bakery and a variety of freshly brewed Sweetwater Organic Coffee. Everyone had a delightful time.

On Friday, May 14th, Sweetwater held their very first Customer Appreciation~Open House Celebration and World Fair Trade Day Event. Delicious sandwich platters from Blue Highway Pizzeria along with tasty cheeses and fruits from Dorn’s Liquors made for a nice spread with desserts from Fresh Market top it off. Beverages of the evening included fabulous organic red and white wine, Sweetwater Organic Coffee, and Midnight Oil Beer brewed at Swamphead Brewery located right here Gainesville, Florida. This particular beer is brewed using our Midnight Oil coffee!

For the event, we had door prizes which were donated by many of our local businesses who support us and who also attended our little soiree. From Cafe Campesino and Cafe Campesino Atlanta, we had several make the journey to help celebrate in our first Open House. We had fresh, homemade brownies made by the wonderful ladies at Mosswood Farm Store in Micanopy. Some of our guests included Storm Roberts from WKTK Radio in Gainesville, Dragonfly Sushi, Salon La Di Da, Wild Iris Books, the Original Pizza Palace, Alternatives Global Market Place, Harvest of Hope Foundation, 8th Ave Bike and Coffee House, Pascal’s, along with many family and friends.

It was a wonderful celebration and would not have been possible without the support of our customers, families, and friends. Thank you everyone for all that you do!

Sunday, May 30th, Sweetwater will be participating in the EAT LOCAL CHALLENGE COMMUNITY CELEBRATION put on by Hogtown Homegrown. This has been a month long drive to encourage our community to support and eat local. There will be more than a dozen local organizations and businesses with info and samples including a family game of kickball. Hogtown Homegrown encourages and supports local and we thank them for that good work.

The Union Street Farmers Market continues to bloom and boom!   Even though the weather is warm, shoppers just can’t resist the temptation of Sweetwater coffee!

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THE CREW AT SWEETWATER

(l to r) – Amanda Adkins with son Leathem, Isha Elkins, Tina Adkins, Jim Caskey

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