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Sadhana Forest

SADHANA FOREST

“How can you reforest with your hands while deforesting with your mouth? – Aviram, Founder of Sadhana Forest

By GREEN CUISINE

Sadhana Forest is such a wonderful organization, it’s hard to decide where to begin with why we are so excited to support them!

We selected them to receive all Climate Action Discount Card funds raised this October and November because of their amazing work restoring and protecting beautiful forested land in India, Haiti, and Kenya while prioritizing human unity and connection. Sadhana Forest is committed to teaching others about sustainable living and food security through “ecological transformation, wasteland reclamation, and veganism.”

They started Sadhana Forest in Auroville, India, in December 2003, when it was totally barren land. By 2014, there were over 29 thousand trees, and even the most depleted soil was restored enough to have a 70% (and higher) plant survival rate. They are planting native species, securing water, and teaching the community all about sustainable living.

Over time, they have cultivated relationships with locals and neighbouring communities, and have even helped empower young children to take part in sustainable living and forest restoration. We love to support this kind of education for children! What an amazing world it will be if we have children who have grown up learning how to protect our environment by living sustainably.

Additionally, they were internationally recognized in 2010 with a third place Humanitarian Water and Food Award. This award shows the high quality of ecological restoration that Sadhana Forest is committed to.

Since 2010, they have expanded to Haiti where they have planted 80,000 food bearing trees with the ability to feed 70,000 people. Their newest project is in Kenya, in a place called Samburu County. Their project is to grow food forests to “help promote food security in an area that is often affected by droughts and malnutrition.”

Thank you, Sadhana Forest, for helping to restore the beautiful life on this planet, and helping the youngest generation take part in making our future a healthier and more sustainable one. We love and admire your commitment to human unity through compassionate and sustainable living.

To learn more about Sadhana Forest, please visit their website here: https://sadhanaforest.org/

Had you heard of Sadhana Forest before? What do you think of their work? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Level Ground Trading

Level Ground Trading

Who doesn’t love a good cup of coffee? Level Ground Trading provides us with their amazing fair-traded coffee for our drip coffee at Green Cuisine.

By GREEN CUISINE

Who doesn’t love a good cup of coffee? Level Ground Trading provides us with their Tanzania coffee for our drip coffee at Green Cuisine. A couple of our team members recently had a tour of the local facility, and we are so excited to share with you what we learned and why we love serving Level Ground Trading’s Tanzania coffee.

We love working with Level Ground Trading because their Direct Fair Trade premiums from Tanzania coffees help fund the HOPE Project, which trains farmers in organic methods as well as soil conservation. The premiums also help to fund healthcare for the coffee farmers and their families. We are so happy to support companies who help improve the lives of workers and health of our environment on a global scale.

The premiums also help to fund healthcare for the coffee farmers and their families.

Level Ground Trading is headquartered right here in Victoria, but works “to trade fairly and directly with small-scale producers in developing countries, offering customers ethical choices.” After a warm and friendly welcome, we learned that not only do they work fairly with farmers, but at home in Victoria they are working hard to reduce their carbon footprint!

They have invested in the latest technology to reduce their energy use– they are reusing the heat their roaster generates which reduces heat consumption by about 40%! They have an incentive system in place to reward their employees when they walk, bike, bus or carpool to work. On top of this, Level Ground asked for advice from Waste Management specialists change their facility to landfill-free. This means that all waste is properly separated on-site and recycled or composted using their facility. Old coffee bags are up-cycled into reusable shopping bags, and the large sacks that the coffee beans arrive in are picked up by Canadian farmers to reuse.

They compost over 20,000 lbs of matter and reclaim over 24,000 lbs of coffee packaging each year.

We really appreciate all of the sustainability efforts made by Level Ground Trading and we are so excited to brew their lovely coffee. Tanzania coffee is deep and boldly flavoured coffee, with hints of dark chocolate. Yum!

A cup of coffee that tastes delicious, cares for our Earth, and helps others thrive– it doesn’t get much better than this. Coffee date, anyone?

We’d love to know, what is your favourite fair-trade company?