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Shade coffee farms provide a rich habitat for both migratory and resident birds, including many species that pass through Chicago on their way to and from their summer breeding grounds. (Think Baltimore Orioles in Nicaragua, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in Colombia and Broad-winged Hawks in Peru.) Yet over 90% of coffee is produced in monoculture farms with few or no shade trees, an inhospitable environment for birds that also drives deforestation and a reliance on pesticides.
Dean Cycon, owner of Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Company in Orange, MA, and author of Javatrekker: Dispatches from the World of Fair Trade Coffee, will discuss the importance of organic and shade-grown coffee for both humans and birds – showcase a few of the bird species that benefit – and explain how he works with 20,000 shade coffee farmers in 12 countries to create positive economic, social and environment change in their communities.
ONLINE PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS
The presentations will be on Zoom. You must install the Zoom application (Zoom Client for Meetings) on your computer. We strongly recommend doing this BEFORE the events.
Questions? Tech support BEFORE the event? Test drive? Please call Sonny Cohen (847) 971-1101. NO SUPPORT WILL BE PROVIDED AFTER 4PM ON THE DAY OF EVENT.