Fair Trade Coffee
Each pound of coffee purchased through the LWR Coffee Project at Zion generates 20c for the Lutheran World Relief Small Farmer Project to support small-scale coffee farmers, provide technical assistance, and improve access to credit, marketing and training. Plus, 1$ is added to each package sold to support Zion’s Global Mission projects.
- Zion members get a quality product at a fair price
- Support is provided for Zion’s global mission partners
- Small scale farmers, their local cooperatives and communities benefit
- In recent years we’ve heard about ‘country of origin’ labeling, a government policy that requires consumer product labels to include naming the country where the product was grown or manufactured. Most people think this is a good idea; it helps us know more about the product we are consuming, it should add confidence as the product is used or consumed. For some it adds a sense of security, and some prefer products to be ‘made in America.’ There is another aspect to knowing ... more
- Gary practiced primarily as a large animal veterinarian for nine years in Menomonie, Wisconsin, and then 24 years in Buffalo. Since 2001 he has been involved with accreditation of veterinary technician programs. He enjoys hiking, traveling, reading, classical music, spending time with his six grandchildren (aged 6-18), and shoveling snow. When they came to Buffalo in the 1970s to look at the veterinary practice, Gary and Mary Lynn were brought to Zion and met briefly with Pastor Ed Blair. We would probably ... more
- Zion’s Global Mission Committee has been encouraging and supporting the monthly sale of fair trade organic Lutheran World Relief coffee, tea and cocoa since November 2011. In July we were invited to make coffee, tea and cocoa available through Buffalo’s Local Roots Coop (no longer available as of 2016). There are several reasons why the “coffee project” was started, why it continues and is expanding at Zion and into the Buffalo community. Let’s review a few: Zion’s coffee project sales support farmers ... more