We've been researching the status of the coffee and tea provided at NCCTK and learned that the church serves San Francisco Bay Gourmet Coffee (purchased from Costco) and Stash Tea. The statements and stories behind these companies are encouraging!
The San Francisco Bay Gourmet Coffee/Rogers Family Company websitesays, "Our "Fair and Direct Trade" approach to coffee sourcing addresses all of the quality shortcomings of the "Fair Trade Certified" approach and provides ongoing, permanent solutions to help break the cycle of poverty. We buy our coffee directly and personally from large and small farms - including farmer coops - that meet our stringent standards for quality, compassion for workers, and environmental stewardship. We visit the farms personally, set up long-term contracts and develop long-term relationships with these farmers and coops."
But that's not all. San Francisco Bay Gourmet Coffee/Rogers Family Company goes on to explain, "But we do even more. Through our groundbreaking Community Aid Program, we strive to break the cycle of poverty that exists in coffee communities by spending upwards of $1 million - every year - to improve the education, housing, health, and sanitary conditions for workers and their families on every farm where we do business."
They also say, "Finally, we provide agricultural assistance to all the farmers we work with to 1.) improve crop quality and 2.) convert to shade and organic farming to ensure the beans are sustainable, delicious and worth the higher prices we pay."
Sounds like a good company to buy from and support!
Note - See below for information about Stash Tea!
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Featured product: STASH tea
The Stash Tea website says, "Since our start in 1972, Stash Tea has sought to balance social and environmental responsibility with economic reality. Although a small company, Stash Tea is aware of our responsibility to the environment, both locally and globally, and strives to be a green, responsible, and socially conscious organization.
Tea Garden Selection
"We take great pride in carefully selecting the tea gardens from which we purchase our teas. Through the years, we have chosen to do business with tea gardens of the highest quality and that treat their workers honestly and fairly."
Stash Tea's Supplier Code of Conduct says (in part), "Stash Tea Company promotes, in every way possible, ethical conduct in the workplace; safe working conditions throughout Stash Tea’s supply chain; treatment of workers with respect and dignity and environmentally responsible manufacturing processes."
(Read the full Code of Conduct here.)
What: Men of Dignity Executive Director, Josh Parriera, speaking on Men of Dignity & Freedom Sunday
When: Sunday, September 16, 2018, 10:30 am
Where: Nooksack Valley Christ Community Church, 109 W Third Street, Everson. (2 blocks behind Subway). Coffee hour following service.
What: Freedom Sunday 2018
When: September 23, 2018, all three services: 9:00am, 11:00 am, 6:30 pm
Where: North County Christ the King, 1835 Liberty St., Lynden, WA
What: Stand Against Slavery, a night of Worship and Prayer as we take a united stand with other believers in the fight against sexual exploitation. Sponsored by Engedi Refuge Ministries.
When: October 7, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: New Song Church, 4600 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA
What: Hope4Justice Quarterly Public Meeting
When: October 16, 2018, 7:00-8:30 pm
Where: Engedi Refuge Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA
Hope4Justice holds quarterly public meetings at the Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264. The next one is 10/16/18. We'd love to have you join us! See details above in the "Happenings in Whatcom County" section.
Directions to Engedi Counseling Center: From Wiser Lake roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the second building on the left