Community Caravan

Written by Cafe Campesino on Aug 6, 2010 in Community Caravan, NEWSLETTER |


Cafe Campesino Americus
We take this opportunity to spotlight a valuable part of our local community – the Americus Blue Tide swimming program.  Led by coach extraordinaire Tim DeMott, our hometown and the surrounding area are fortunate to have access to a first class swimming facility, the Deriso Pool, located on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State Univ. With support from the university, this program continues to grow and shine.  View their brochure and consider supporting a worthwhile recreational program in your area.

July 27: GPB’s Georgia Traveler visited Cafe Campesino to film for an upcoming episode of the half hour show that highlights interesting destinations around our great state.  Episode is scheduled to air in November and we’re excited about it!  Thanks to the crew for taking the time to visit and for weathering a sweltering day in the roastery and warehouse.  Update: Georgia Traveler is at Sweet Auburn Curb Market today (August 5th) to visit Cafe Campesino Atlanta as part of the upcoming show.  Cheers to GPB for their work.

Above: The GPB crew (John Cherok, David Zelski, Terry Wahlquist, Gary Peacock, Sammy Jones) pause at end of the day for a photo with our very own Tripp (second from left) and Rebecca (second from right) alongside the well-adorned Georgia Traveler wagon.

Below: Tripp and Bill talk with host David Zelski.

August 20: Our coffee house in Americus is celebrating its 2nd anniversary with a potluck dinner.  Look for an soon-to-be email or check our Facebook page for details.

Coming in September:
A fundraiser for the Sumter Humane Society, a local group we love to lend support to.  Check out our Facebook page for more details on how you can be involved from near or far.

More goodbyes:
Two more folks are moving on from their jobs here and we’re sad to see them go. Joe, our head barista that’s been here since before Day 1 of this coffee house, has accepted a job offer from Habitat for Humanity. Jaimie, a favorite barista, is moving from Americus with her husband and son. Best to you both. Thanks for being here.

Support Clean Energy: Green America, a cool advocacy group for sustainability that we support, is asking folks to speak up and out about the need for solar energy funding.  Read about the petition driven by the Vote Solar Initiative and consider signing on with your voice of support.

Cafe Campesino Atlanta

July 25: Almeta took iced coffee and scones to Indian Ridge Organic Farm in Clarkesville to offer refreshments to young men and ladies who donated a day’s worth of farm-work as a part ofCrop Mob ATL.  Crop Mob ATL is an organized group of “young, landless, wannabe farmers” who descend on a local sustainable farm to help out for the day. The initiative allows volunteers to learn from full-time farmers and helps build a sense of community between local consumers and producers. Learn more about other “Crop Mob” events across the country at their website –

July 30: Atlanta’s Urban Picnic- The Sweet Auburn Curb Market hosted its July Urban Picnic. Urban Picnics are held at the Curb Market the last Friday of every month.

August 27: Join Café Campesino Atlanta and the Sweet Auburn Curb Market for Atlanta’s Urban Picnic. This picnic will have a special focus on Georgia State University as students return to downtown Atlanta for fall semester classes.

Sweetwater Organic Coffee in Gainesville, FL
July 10: Sweetwater provided coffee for the commemoration of the Downtown Farmer’s Garden. Alachua County, in partnership with Florida Organic Growers, Abundant Edible Landscapes, UF Young Entrepreneurs in Leadership and Sustainability, and the Downtown Rotary Club’s generous sponsorship, installed an organic demonstration garden at the County Administration Building on the corner of University Ave. and Main St. in Downtown Gainesville. The area will be a living classroom for growing organic fruits and vegetables while providing fresh, healthy and local food to nutritionally disadvantaged communities.

July 21: Sweetwater hosted YELS-UF (Young Entrepreneurs in Leadership and Sustainability – Univ. of Fla.) with a tour of the roastery, Q&A session, and slideshow. Bill Harris made a trip from Americus to share a wealth of information with the 49 students and instructors about fair trade, sustainability, and our mission. Jim Caskey, Sweetwater’s Roaster, gave a tour of the inner workings of the roastery with a question and answer session. Everyone totally enjoyed the evening with freshly brewed coffee and homemade treats. This was the largest group yet to tour the roastery!

Above: Group photo of Young Entrepreneurs in Leadership and Sustainability – UF as they tour Sweetwater Organic Coffee.

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